Balamani Amma: Google Doodle, Biography, Quotes, Books, Poem, Birthday and Awards

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Nalapat Balamani Amma was an Indian poet who wrote in Malayalam. Amma, Muthassi, and Mazhuvinte Katha were some of her well-known works.

Who is Balamani Amma?

Balamani Amma was an Indian poet. She was a recipient of many awards and honours, including the Padma Bhushan, Saraswati Samman, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Ezhuthachan Award.

Balamani Amma Biography

Born 19 July 1909, Punnayurkulam
Died 29 September 2004, Kochi
Spouse V. M. Nair (m. ?–1977)
Books Mutharsi
Grandchildren Madhav Das Nalapat, Jayasurya Das, Chinnen Das
Children Kamala Suraiyya
Parents Nalapat Kochukutti amma, Chittanjoor Kunhunni Raja

Balamani Amma Quotes

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Books by Balamani Amma – Goodreads

Balamani Amma published more than 20 anthologies of poems. Balamani Amma’s most popular book is Mathruhridayam.

  • Mathruhridayam

Collections of Poems

  • Kudumbini (1936)
  • Dharmamargathil (1938)
  • Sthree Hridayam (1939)
  • Prabhankuram (1942)
  • Bhavanayil (1942)
  • Oonjalinmel (1946)
  • Kalikkotta (1949)
  • Velichathil (1951)
  • Avar Paadunnu (1952)
  • Pranamam (1954)
  • Lokantharangalil (1955)
  • Sopanam (1958)
  • Muthassi (1962)
  • Mazhuvinte Katha (1966)
  • Ambalathilekku (1967)
  • Nagarathil (1968)
  • Veyilaarumbol (1971)
  • Amruthamgamaya (1978)
  • Sandhya (1982)
  • Nivedyam (1987)
  • Mathruhridayam (1988)
  • To My Daughter (Malayalam)
  • Kulakkadavil
  • Mahavira

Which is the first poem of Balamani Amma?

Kooppukai

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Kooppukai – Poetry. Balamani Amma published more than 20 anthologies of poems, several prose works, and translations. Her first poem “Kooppukai” was published in 1930. Her first recognition came when she received the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram, an award from Parikshith Thampuran, former ruler of Kingdom of Cochin.

Balamani Amma – Wikipedia

Nalapat Balamani Amma (19 July 1909 – 29 September 2004) was an Indian poet who wrote in Malayalam. Amma (Mother), Muthassi (Grandmother), and Mazhuvinte Katha (The story of the Axe) were some of her well-known works. She was a recipient of many awards and honours, including the Padma Bhushan, Saraswati Samman, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Ezhuthachan Award. She was the mother of writer Kamala Surayya.

Balamani Amma Age

Balamani Amma’s age at death was 95 years – 1909–2004.

Today’s Google Celebrates her 113rd birthday with special doodle to honour her works. Amma, a famous Indian poet who was known as the grandmother of Malayalam literature, with a special Doodle.

Balamani Amma Birthday

Date of Birth: 19 July 1909 – Balamani Amma was born on July 19 in 1909 in Nalapat, her ancestral home in Kerala’s Punnayurkulam. She was a recipient of numerous awards for her poetry including Padma Vibhushan and the Saraswati Samman – the nation’s most esteemed literary award.

Married Life

Balamani Amma married VM Nair at the age of 19, Nair was the managing director and managing editor of the famous Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi. In 1930, she published her first poem titled Kooppukai. Her first recognition as a gifted poet came from the former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin, Parikshith Thampuran, who awarded her with the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram.

Google Doodle

Today’s #GoogleDoodle celebrates the 113th birthday of Amma, an Indian poet who received India’s highest literary award without any formal training.

Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Kerala-based artist Devika Ramachandran

Amma passed away in 2004 and her cremation was attended with full state honors. Her poems describing her love for children and grandchildren earned her the titles of Amma (Mother) and Muthassi (Grandmother) of Malayalam poetry. 

Awards & Recognitions

She received many literary honours and awards, including

  • Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award for Muthassi (1963),
  • Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Muthassi (1965),
  • Asan Prize (1989),
  • Vallathol Award (1993),
  • Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1993),
  • Saraswati Samman for Nivedyam (1995),
  • Ezhuthachan Award (1995), and
  • N. V. Krishna Warrier Award (1997).

She was also a recipient of India’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 1987.

Legacy

The Kochi International Book Festival Committee created the Balamani Amma Award, with a cash award for writers.

On 19 July 2022, Google honoured Amma with a Google Doodle on her birth anniversary.

Amma Poems PDF in English 

S.No.Poems
1.Chyavana
2.Mahabali
3.Yayati
4.Vasuman
5.Pratardana
6.Shibil Ashtaka
7.Dhanwantari
8.Kubja
9.Sharashayya
10.Mahavira
11.Valmiki
12.Kooppukai (Folded Hands)
13.Amma (Mother)
14.Kudumbini (The Home-Maker)
15.Dharma margathil (In the Path of Dharma)
16.Prabhankuram (The Bud of Light)
17.Bhavanayil (In Imagination)
18.Sthreehrdayam (A Woman’s Heart)
19.Oonjalil (On the Swing)
20.Kalikkotta (The Toy Basket)
21.Velichathil (In the Light)
22.Avar Padunnu (They Sing)
23.Pranaman (Homage)
24.Lokantarangalil (In Many Worlds)
25.Muttassi (Grandmother)
26.Ambalathil (In the Temple)
27.Nagarathil (In the City)

Birth

BIRTHDAY19 July,1909 (Monday)
BIRTH PLACEPunnayurkulam, Thrissur, Kerala
COUNTRYIndia
AGE (in 2004)95 Years Old
BIRTH SIGNCancer

Death

 DEATH DAY29 September,2004 (Thursday)
 DEATH PLACEKochi, Kerala
 DEATH COUNTRYIndia

She died on 29-09-2004 in Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. She died at the age of 95. Amma died on 29 September 2004 after five years of Alzheimer’s disease. Her cremation was attended with full state honours.

Happy birthday, Balamani Amma!

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