Dr. Kamala Suraiyya (MADHAVIKUTTY)
Poet, Novelist, Short story Writer
|NAME: Dr. Kamala Surayya
|OCCUPATION: Poet, Novelist
|BIRTH DATE: March 31 1934
|DEATH DATE: May 31 2009
|PLACE OF BIRTH: Thrissur
Kamala Das (Madhavikutty) the internationally renowned poet, short story writer
and novelist was born in 1932 at Punnayoorkulam in Kerala. She is one of the
very few writers from Kerala who writes effortlessly both in English
and Malayalam, yet maintaining high standards in both. One of the most
influential feminist writers of our times, her language exhibits liveliness
and imaginative suggestions.
started writing in Malayalam under the pen name, Madhavikutty as early as
in the 50's. But she became famous in the Malayalam literary world with her
work 'Ente Katha' (My Story), which is said to be her real life story. 'Ente
Katha' was translated to more than 15 Foreign Languages. She is a very open
and self-righteous women and portrays human emotion, love and lust in her
works. Her works have an originality in their content and style.
has received many awards for her literary contribution. Some of them are;
Asian Poetry Prize for her work 'The Sirens', Kent Award for English Writing
from Asian Countries for 'Summer in Calcutta', Asan World Prize, Sahitya Academy
Award for 'Collected Poems' in English, Vayalar Rama Varma Sahitya Award,
Kerala Sahitya Academy Award for best short story "Thanuppu". She
has also held coveted positions as Vice chair person in Kerala Sahitya academy,
chairperson in Kerala forestry Board and worked as editors in Poet magazine
and Illustrated Weekly of India.
criticized for her openness and her reluctance to live according to the societies
norms, the latest controversy is her recent conversion to Islam. Her new name
is Dr. Kamala Suraiyya. She has also established a political party of her
own named Lok Seva Charitable Trust, to concentrate on humanitarian work as
well as to provide asylum to orphaned mothers.