Poet and Writers are no less than magicians. They turn anything into a phrase and tell us the story of even those who are inanimate. The world has been blessed by so many writers and poets. All of them have given so much to this world. They are honored even after their death. Today, we will talk about Kamala Das Surayya.
Born on 31 March 1934, in Punnaryukulum of Thrissur district of Kerala her parents were Nalapat Balamani Amma, a renowned Malayali poet and V. M. Nair, supervision editor of Mathrubhumi, the extensively distributed Malayalam daily.
Kamala Das and Madhavikutty were her pen-names. Being an Indian English rhymester she was also a Kerala’s foremost Malayalam writer. Due to her autobiography and short stories penned by her, she is popular in Kerala. Under the name of Kamala Das (her pen-name), her works in English, are noted for the verses and unequivocal memoirs. She has written a lot on some different topics such as child care, women’s issues, and politics. This made her a wide-read writer.
Her father worked at the Walford Transport Company in Kolkata (then, Calcutta). The company sold Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles. Her childhood was spent between the Nalapat, the ancestral home of Kamala Das and between Kolkata, the place where her father worked.
Kamala Das followed the footsteps of her mother, Balamani Amma, and outshined in the field of writing. At an early age, she started to incline towards poetry under the influence and guidance of her uncle Nalapat Narayan Menon. He was also a celebrated writer.
Born in a conformist Hindu family of Nair (Nalapat), they had the royal lineage. At the age of 65, she converted to Islam on 11th December 1999 and took the name, Kamala Surayya.
She got married to Madhav Das, a bank officer at the age of 15. Madhav Das encouraged and supported the interest of writing. She then started to write and publish her work in both, English and in Malayalam. During the 1960s, Calcutta was full of ups and downs for the fine arts, and Kamala Das was among the several voices that came front and went to appear in the out of the ordinary compilations alongside an age group of poets of Indian English. Kamala Das chose English for every one of six in print poem collections.
Das belonged to an age group of English-language Indian authors whose work focused and centered on individual instead of majestic experiences. Her approach and content both noticeably decreased from the 19th-century idealized thoughts of being keen on, a preference particularly prominent on behalf of an Indian Hindu female. She gained immense respect and love through her poetry, short stories, essays, and autobiography.
She never kept her thoughts and feelings muffled due to society and fear of being judged. Her treatment of love made her work remarkable. This is reasonably audibly related to one’s bodily desires. This was well thought-out disgraceful during that era and hardly ever talked by even men.
May her soul rest in peace.