Google honors the English poetess and at the same time a leading Malayalam author from Kerala, Kamala Das, with a doodle.
According to Google, on this day (01 February) in 1976, her autobiography ‘My Story’ was published.
Regarded as one of the influential feminist authors in the post-colonial era, Kamala Das also wrote under her pen name Madhavikutty. Her fans call her Ami.
Kamala Das was born in a Hindu family in Thrissur district of Kerala on March 31, 1934, as Nalapat Kamala. Her father V.M. Nair had been the Managing Editor of Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi, while her mother Balamani Amma was a renowned poet. Her maternal great uncle was the famous Malayalam writer Nalapat Narayana Menon.
She was married to Madhava Das at the age of 15 and became Kamala Das.
Her work inspired women struggling against domestic and sexual oppression and is documented in more than 20 books.
Her first book was a collection of poetries titled “Summer in Calcutta”.
She published her autobiography, ‘My Story’ at the age of 42. It was originally written in Malayalam (titled Ente Katha) and later she translated it into English.
Though born in a Hindu family, she embraced Islam on December 11, 1999, at the age of 65 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya.
She is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award( 1984) and many literary awards such as the Award of Asian PEN anthology (1964), Asian World Prize (1985), Kent Award for English Writing from Asian Countries (1999), and Ezhuthachan Puraskaram (2009).
Created by artist Manjit Thapp, Google celebrates “the work she left behind, which provides a window into the world of an engrossing woman.”