Popular Search Engine Google today honoured Kamala Das with a doodle. She was one of the best poet and short story writers in the country. She also wrote on a number of issues related to child care, women, and politics among them.
When was kamala das born?
Kamala Das was born on March 31, 1934 in Punnayurkulam, Thrissur, Kerala. Kamala Surayya was bornto Balamani Amma and V. M. Nair, a former managing editor of the generally circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, and Nalapat Balamani Amma, a well-known Malayali poet.
Kamala Das grew up in Calcutta and Kerala. where her father was employed as a senior officer in the Walford Transport Company that sold Bentley and Rolls Royce automobiles, and the Nalapat ancestral home in Punnayurkulam.
Kamala Das married at 15 to K. Madhava Das and had her first kid the following year. She had three Children’s Madhav Das Nalapat, Chinnen Das and Jayasurya Das. Her husband encouraged her to write.
She was born in a traditional Hindu Nair (Nalapat) family having royal ancestry; she embraced Islam on December 11, 1999, at the age of 65 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya.
She was against the Hindu way of cremating her dead. She does not want her body to be burnt. She has always had a strong affection for the Islamic way of life. She adopted two blind Muslim children, Irshad Ahmed and Imtiaz Ahmed, and they brought her close to Islam. She had to study Islamic scriptures before teaching them. One is working as a professor in Darjeeling and another as a barrister in London.
On 31 May 2009, aged 75, she died at a hospital in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Her body was flown to her birth state of Kerala. She was buried at the Palayam Jama Masjid at Thiruvananthapuram with full state honour.
Kamala Das Pen name was Madhavikutty. She had written many short stories in Malayalam and poetries in English. Her first book of poetry was ‘summer in Calcutta’. At the age of 42, she published her autobiography. “My Story” it was originally written in her mother tongue Malayalam and later translated to English by her.
Notable awards and other recognitions:
Kamala Das has received many notable awards for her literary contribution, counting:
Award of Asian PEN anthology – 1964
Kerala Sahitya Academy Award – 1969 (for Cold)
Sahitya Academy Award – 1984
Asian World Prize-1985
Asian Poetry Prize – 1998
Kent Award for English Writing from Asian Countries – 1999
Vayalar Award – 2001
Honorary D.Litt by University of Calicut – 2006
Muttathu Varkey Award – 2006
Ezhuthachan Puraskaram – 2009
Who is kamala das?
Kamala Das was an Indian English poetess and at the same time a leading Malayalam author from Kerala, India.
What were kamala das fears as a child?
The poet’s fear as a child was that of losing her mother.
Kamala das advice to fellow swimmers
Kamala Das advises her fellow men to learn how to swim.
Kamala das contribution to Indian poetry
On account of her extensive contribution to the poetry in our country, she earned the label ‘The Mother of Modern Indian English Poetry’.
Kamala das grandmother’s house summary
The poem, My Grandmother’s House, first appeared in Kamala Das’s first anthology of verse titled Summer Time in Calcutta (1905). It is also an autobiographical poem in which the poet’s longing for her parental house in Malabar is movingly described. She is reminded of the ancestral house where she had received immense love and affection from her grandmother.
How did kamala das die?
Kamala Das had been admitted to a private hospital in Pune on April 18 following a complaint of respiratory distress. Das was suffering from chest infection and was undergoing treatment for the last forty five days. Kamala Das, died on 31st May 2009, at the age of 75 in Pune, India. Due to respiratory failure.
When did kamala das die?
Kamala Das died in Pune, on 31st May 2009, at the age of 75.
Famous Quotes and Quotations from Kamala Das
“At sunset, on the river ban, Krishna Loved her for the last time and left. . .That night in her husband’s arms, Radha felt So dead that he asked, What is wrong, Do you mind my kisses, love? And she said, not at all, but thought, what is It to the corpse if the maggots nip?” ~ Kamala Das
“It is I who drink lonely Drinks at twelve, midnight, in hotels of strange towns, It is I who laugh, it is I who make love And then, feel shame, it is I who lie dying With a rattle in my throat. ~ Kamala Das
“I am sinner, I am saint. I am the beloved and the betrayed. I have no Joys that are not yours, no aches which are not yours. I too call myself I.” ~ Kamala Das