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Balamani Amma Poems

Balami Amma was a famous Indian poet, who is popularly known as the grandmother of Malayalam literature. Although Amma received no formal education, she was a recipient of many awards and honors for her literary work, including Saraswati Samman and Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award. Balamani Amma is the mother of Kamala Das, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature in 1984.

Balamani Amma: Background and Family 

  • Balamani Amma was born on 19 July 1909, at Nalappat, her ancestral home in Punnayurkulam, Ponnani taluk, Malabar District, British India. She was born to Chittanjoor Kunhunni Raja (father) and Nalapat Kochukutti Amma (mother). 
  • Balamani Amma did not receive any formal education but was greatly influenced by her maternal uncle, who had a great collection of books. 
  • She started writing under the tutelage of her maternal uncle and eventually became a poet. 
  • She was greatly inspired by two famous poets Nalapat Narayana Menon and Vallathol Narayana Menon.
  • Amma married V.M. Nair at the age of 19, who was a managing editor and managing director of the widely read Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi. Later, Nair worked as an executive for an automobile manufacturer.
  • Balamani Amma was Kamala Surayya’s mother. Kamala Surayya, also known as Kamala Das, translated one of Amma’s poems, “The Pen,” which explores a mother’s sense of isolation. Ente Katha (My Story), Das’ autobiography, is one of the most well-known and admired pieces of 20th-century Indian literature.
  • She was the mother of two more children, a son Shyam Sunder and a daughter Sulochana.
  • Amma passed away on September 29, 2004, five years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She was cremated with full state honors present.
  • She continues to be known as the ‘amma’ (mother) and ‘muthas’ (grandmother), of Malayalam poetry.

Balamani Amma Poems List.

  • Balamani Amma Poems List Kudumbini (1936)
  • Dharmamargathil (1938)
  • Sthree Hridayam (1939)
  • Prabhankuram (1942)
  • Bhavanayil (1942)
  • Oonjalinmel (1946)
  • Kalikkotta (1949)
  • Velichathil (1951)
  • Avar Paadunnu (1952)
  • Pranamam (1954)
  • Lokantharangalil (1955)
  • Sopanam (1958)
  • Muthassi (1962)
  • Mazhuvinte Katha (1966)
  • Ambalathilekku (1967)
  • Nagarathil (1968)
  • Veyilaarumbol (1971)
  • Amruthamgamaya (1978)
  • Sandhya (1982)
  • Nivedyam (1987)

Mathruhridayam (1988)

Awards and Recognition

  • Balamani Amma is the receiver of many awards and accolades. She received the third-highest civilian honour in India, the Padma Bhushan, in 1987. 
  • She received the honorary titles Amma (mother) and Muthassi (grandmother) for her poems in the Malayalam language.
  • She was given Sahitya Akademi Award for ‘Muthassi’ in 1965 and the Saraswati Samman for ‘Nivedyam; in 1995.
  • Many other literary honors include Asan Prize (1989), Vallathol Award (1993), Lalithambika Antharjanam Award (1993), Ezhuthachan Award (1995), and Kendra Sahitya Akademi (1997). 


The Grandmother.

Your grandmother knows

Nothing is destroyed

Everything exists in humans forever

In my old heart, there are

so much of riches, still

for your hands too

to play with

and throw away…


When summer comes

When light spreads

When peace of silence fills

When changing bliss’ wings

Spread in atmosphere

, in my soul, waveless

Deep, pure with time

The eternal greatness

Behind Raindrops,


In the medical college

With every step

Your growth internal

Is watched with delight

My ancestors

Who knew the five elements

Who doesn’t need a help

to move forward

who are never worried

who moves into homes, inside

and outside

who can kindle and light off

the starry heavens

those who keep your path

whether you know it

or not.Therefore, my son,

Go forward.

(Purathekku 1961)

The poem of Mother(Ammayude Kavitha)

You have separated from me

As a moonray from a grassblade

With bright mountaintops

In your eyes,as a goal

And inky pen

In hands

Stands in the path of eternity

Immobile and sad….

In your heart’s storms

Will my small boat

Sink or move?

The Creator’s sthithapragna.

The white flower of the universe

As if bloomed in eternity

In far-off times.

And who am I?

Pollen dust within its petals?

Or a small bee enjoying its honey?

Why should the trees of Havana

Rooted in my jeeva shake heads

In impatience?

Why should my mind cry for

The new worlds where their shadows

Doesn’t reach and give peace?

Kaamadhenu for new generations

When the day ends and worlds of stars open

When the airy mandala makes silky beds

When the tired bees disappear

The song of peace spreads around. Soham Soham.

And the endless consciousness of the poet clings on to eternity’s sari as a child.

Without a bird’s song

Without colors of green leaves

Without the taste of honey

Without the touch of a child

Can one remember a life!!

AuthorBalamani Amma
Language Malayalam
No. of Pages3

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