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Nair, a managing editor of the widely circulated Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi , and Nalapat Balamani Amma , a renowned Malayali poet. She spent her childhood between Calcutta , where her father was employed as a senior officer in the Walford Transport Company that sold Bentley and Rolls Royce automobiles, and the Nalapat ancestral home in Punnayurkulam.
Like her mother, Balamani Amma, Kamala Das also excelled in writing. Her love of poetry began at an early age through the influence of her great uncle, Nalapat Narayana Menon , a prominent writer. At the age of 15, she married bank officer Madhav Das, who encouraged her writing interests, and she started writing and publishing both in English and in Malayalam. Calcutta in the s was a tumultuous time for the arts, and Kamala Das was one of the many voices that came up and started appearing in cult anthologies along with a generation of Indian English poets.
Das was also a syndicated columnist. She wrote chiefly of love, its betrayal, and the consequent anguish. Ms Das abandoned the certainties offered by an archaic, and somewhat sterile, aestheticism for an independence of mind and body at a time when Indian poets were still governed by "19th-century diction, sentiment and romanticised love.
Later she admitted that much of the autobiography had fictional elements. True, maybe. I, will, firstly, strip myself of clothes and ornaments. Then I intend to peel off this light brown skin and shatter my bones. At last, I hope you will be able to see my homeless, orphan, intensely beautiful soul, deep within the bone, deep down under, beneath even the marrow, in a fourth dimension" An Introduction is very bold poem in which she express es her true feelings about men.
She presents her feelings and thoughts in a bold manner. She realises her identity and understands that it is the need of every woman to raise a voice in this male-dominated society. The poet longs for love it is the result of her loneliness and frustration.
The people may be annoyed by the heat, dust and noise but she likes it. She longs for the hot noon in Malabar because she associates it with the wild men, wild thoughts and wild love. It is a torture for her to be away from Malabar. Kamala Das is essentially known for her bold and frank expression. The prominent features of her poetry are an acute obsession with love and the use of confession. The main theme of her poetry is based upon freedom, love and protection. She wrote on a diverse range of topics, often disparate- from the story of a poor old servant, about the sexual disposition of upper-middle-class women living near a metropolitan city or in the middle of the ghetto.
She wrote a few novels, out of which Neermathalam Pootha Kalam, which was received favourably by the reading public as well as the critics, stands out. Kamala Surayya was a confessional poet whose poems have often been considered at par with those of Anne Sexton and Robert Lowell.
It has an autobiographical tone. The poet sympathises with eunuchs. The eunuchs dance in the heat of the sun. Their costumes, makeup and their passion with which they dance suggest the female delicacy.
Their outward appearance and joy is contrasted with their inward sadness. She is alone and her life colourless designed of crumbling patterns.
Although occasionally seen as an attention-grabber in her early years,  she is now seen as one of the most formative influences on Indian English poetry.
In , The Times called her "the mother of modern English Indian poetry". He had been a resident editor of The Times of India. Kamala Das converted to Islam in and announced that she planned to marry her Muslim lover, but she never remarried.
Her body was flown to her home state of Kerala. She was interred at the Palayam Jama Masjid at Thiruvananthapuram with full state honour. In she unsuccessfully contested in the Indian Parliament elections.
Das says when she converted to Islam and fell in love with a Muslim before love Jihad. Kamal wonders how the movie propagates love Jihad. A biopic on her titled Aami directed by Kamal , released on February 9,
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