July 19 2022: Google has marked the 113th birth anniversary of Malayalam poet Balamaniamma to with a doodle.
Nalapat Balamani Amma (19 July 1909 – 29 September 2004) was an Indian poet who wrote in Malayalam. Amma (Mother), Muthassi (Great-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 was born on 19 July 1909 to Chittanjoor Kunhunni Raja and Nalapat Kochukutti amma at Nalappat, her ancestral home in Punnayurkulam, Ponnani taluk, Malabar District, British India. She had no formal education, and the tutelage under her maternal uncle and his collection of books helped her become a poet. She was influenced by Nalapat Narayana Menon and the poet Vallathol Narayana Menon.
At age 19, Amma married V.M. Nair, who became the managing director and managing editor of Mathrubhumi, a widely circulated Malayalam newspaper, and later an executive at an automobile company. She left for Kolkata after her marriage to live with her husband. V.M. Nair died in 1977.
Amma was the mother of writer Kamala Surayya, (also known as Kamala Das), who translated one of her mother's poems, "The Pen", which describes the loneliness of a mother. Her other children include son Shyam Sunder, and daughter Sulochana.
Amma died on 29 September 2004 after five years of Alzheimer's disease. Her cremation was attended with full state honours. ( biographical details from Wikipedia)