Indian poetess Balamani Amma was the esteemed wife of VM Nair and the mother of well-known author Kamala Surayya. On her 113th birthday, Google honored her with a Doodle.
Amma is a well-known poet who, although not formally educated, composed in Malayalam. She received recognition for her contributions to Amma Muthassi and Mazhucinte Katha.
Balamani Amma husband VM Nair and children
Amma married VM Nair in 1928 when she was just 19 years old. He belonged to Mathrubumi, a renowned Malayalam publication widely read in the Indian community. He was also managing director and editor-in-chief of the cooperation.
However, he later worked as an executive for an automaker. Amma has moved from Kolkota to her husband Nair. When the manager died in 1977, she stayed in her partner’s window.
Vair had visited Calcutta for professional reasons when his children were young. He was hired by the Walford Transport Company as an executive for Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles.
There are two daughters and one son in Amma’s family. She is the mother of writers Sulochana, Kamala Surayya and Shyam Sunder. Surayya, her daughter, is a well-known author in India who goes by the name of Kamala Das.
Also, Amma’s daughter spoke about her mother’s loneliness after her father’s death. She translated Amma’s poem describing the lonely time she endured without her beloved Nair.
Where is Balamani Amma’s daughter Kamala Surayya today?
Surayya, Amma’s daughter, is no longer alive. She died on May 31, 2009 at the age of 75 in Pune, Maharashtra, India. She was known for her contributions to the former Madhavikutty Monastery. Like her mother, she enjoyed composing poetry in English and Malayalam.
Surayya also published autobiographies and short stories which were very popular in Kerala. The author discussed a variety of topics including politics, children’s health and women’s issues.
Surayya was born on March 31, 1934 to parents Amma and Nair in Thrissur district of Kerala. She has followed in her mother’s footsteps and introduced her to poetry from a young age. Her great-uncle, the renowned author Nalapat Narayan Menon, served as her inspiration.
Google Doodle pays tribute to Balamani Amma
The doodle was created by Indian artist Devika Ramachandran in honor of Amma’s 113th birthday. Balamani Amma, the grandmother of the Malayalam script, was praised by her. She has won numerous awards and accolades including the Ezhuthachan Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan and Saraswati Samman.
Amma was organized on July 19, 1909 at Punnayurkulam, Ponnani Taluk, Malabar District, Madras Presidency, British India. On this day she was born in the house of her ancestors. She had never attended school. However, she was inspired to become a poet by his maternal uncle’s library.
She died on September 29, 2004 from complications from Alzheimer’s. The disease has been bothering her for five years. The public paid tribute to her during the final stages of her cremation.