Google Doodle pays tribute to Balamani Amma

Google Doodle pays tribute to Balamani Amma

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “Google Doodle pays tribute to Balamani Amma

Google Doodle is paying tribute on the 113th birth anniversary of Balamani Amma. Balamani Amma was popularly known as the ‘amma’ (mother) and ‘muthassi’ (grandmother) of Malayalam poetry. On this day in 1909 she was born in Nalapat, her ancestral home in Thrissur district’s Punnayurkulam.

The doodle illustration has been created by Kerala-based artist Devika Ramachandran.

About Balamani Amma:

Born: 19 July 1909

Nalapat Balamani Amma was the Malayalam writer and poet, who was influenced by Nalapat Narayana Menon and poet Vallathol Narayana Menon.

It is to be pointed out that Amma never had received any formal training or education and learned at home by her uncle Nalappat Narayana Menon, who was also a renowned Malayali poet.

She was married at the age of 19 to V.M. Nair who was the managing director and managing editor of Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi.

Awards and honours:

She was the recipient of various awards and honours including the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Saraswati Samman for Nivedyam and the Padma Bhushan.

The publication of Balamani Amma’s first poem was happened in 1930 which had title ‘Kooppukai’. She was honored by the former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin Parikshith Thampuran with the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram.

  • Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Muthassi in 1963
  • Saraswati Samman for Nivedyam in 1995
  • V.Krishan Warrier award in 1997
  • Padma Bhushan in 1987

Her famous works:

She worked to inspiration from the stories of mythological characters in which Muthassi in 1962, Amma in 1934 and Mazhuvinte Katha in 1966 are most famous.

She was also called as the “poetess of motherhood” as her early works proclaimed motherhood in a new light.

Amma’s daughter named Kamala Das became a noted writer in her own right. She also made translation one of her mother’s poems ‘the Pen’ which drew the pain and loneliness felt by a mother. The nomination for the Nobel Prize to Kamala Das in literature was made in the year 1984.

Balamani Amma had got a number of awards, and published more than 20 anthologies of prose, poetry, and translations. Amma passed away in 2004 and was cremated with full state honours.

Question & Answer:

Q1. What is the name of Malayali poet who has been paid tribute at Google Doodle?

Ans. Balamani Amma

Q2. Which numbered birth day of Balamani Amma is observed this year?

Ans. 113th

Q3. In which year Nalapat Balamani Amma had been honored by Padma Bhushan?

Ans. 1987


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