Who was Balamani Amma?

Balamani Amma was an Indian poetess. She is called the Grandmother of Literature.

Today's Google Doodle dedicated to Balamani Amma has been created by Kerala-based artist Devika Ramachandran.

Amma was born in the Thrissur district of Kerala in 1909. He never received any formal education.

She was married at the age of 19 to VM Nair, the managing director of the Malayalam newspaper 'Mathrubhumi'.

Balamani Amma's first poem, Koppukai, was published in 1930. This poem was well-liked by the people.

In her early poems, women were presented as powerful figures by adopting mythological characters and stories.

Some of the most famous poems of Amma are: Amma (mother) Muthassi (Grandmother) Mazuvinte Katha (The Story of the Axe).

Awards/Honors: Amma has been awarded the Saraswati Samman and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.

Balamani Amma's daughter Kamala Das was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1984.

Amma was awarded the 'Sahitya Nipun Puraskaram' by Parikshit Thampuran, the former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin.