She was a prolific writer and was known as the "poetess of motherhood". Though she received no formal education, the tutelage under her maternal uncle and the poet Nalapat Narayana Menon and his collection of books helped her become a poet. Balamani Amma was married at the age of 19 to V. Nair, who later became the managing director and managing editor of Mathrubhumi , a widely circulated Malayalam newspaper. She left for Kolkata after her marriage to live with her husband, who was employed as a senior officer in the Walford Transport Company that sold Bentley and Rolls Royce automobiles.
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She was born into the heritage home of Malayalam literature — Naalappat of Punnayurkulam, Thrissur district, the Tharavad which has given birth to a few of stalwarts of Malayalam literature.
Popular poet Nalapat Narayana Menon was her maternal uncle and celebrated writer Kamala Das Madhavikutty was her daughter. Balamani Amma is always remembered for her immense contribution to Malayalam poetry genre in the 20 th century. She was born in Naalappat Tharavad of Punnayurkulam, Thrissur district in the year July 19 is her birth date. She was born to the sibling of famous poet and translator, Naalapat Narayana Menon.
Her education was completed in ancestral home itself. Her uncle Naalapat Narayana Menon had a huge collection of books in his personal library at home. This library was her second school also. Also, she received encouragement from the great poet of Malayalam, Vallathol Narayana Menon.
Works of her uncle and Vallathol also influenced her a lot. During her younger days, she read Bhagavatham and related works of Hindu mythology, works of Kalidasa, Tolstoy, Tagore, Vivekananda etc. She got married to V. Nair from Guruvayur in the year She published her first poetry collection, Kooppukai in the year Amma , Stree Hridayam , Oonjalil and Muthassi were her works later.
Her works include more than 20 collections. Her poems are so simple with simple words. She avoided flooded words in her works to maximum. Exactly the same is her way of talking.
She talked in brief words. Through her words and works, she encouraged human beings to love this universe and other creatures of nature. She passed away on September 29, at the age of Her daughter Kamala Das died just 5 years after her. Read a few more articles on some of the stalwarts of Malayalam literature belonging to different eras. Click on the images in the gallery to read. A freelance writer and blogger by profession since October , interested in writing over a wide range of topics.
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Balamani Amma – Poetess of Motherhood