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country of citizenship:
India, British Raj
native language: Malayalam
educated at: Manipal University
occupation: poet, short story writer, autobiographer, writer
award received: Sahitya Akademi Award
Kamala das (born Kamala; 31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009), popularly known by her one-time pen name Madhavikutty and married name Kamala Das, was an Indian English poet as well as a leading Malayalam author from Kerala, India. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography, while her oeuvre in English, written under the name Kamala Das, is noted for the poems and explicit autobiography. She was also a widely read columnist and wrote on diverse topics including women's issues, child care, politics among others. She was born in a Hindu Nair (Nalapat) family having royal ancestry. She converted to conservative Islam on December 11, 1999, at the age of 65 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya.
Her open and honest treatment of female sexuality, free from any sense of guilt, infused her writing with power and she got hope after freedom, but also marked her as an iconoclast in her generation. On 31 May 2009, aged 75, she died at a hospital in Pune.
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Malayalam short story written by Madhavikuttywd:Q13112367