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Balamani Amma Biography, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Facts, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : July 19, 2022

Short Biography

Balamani Amma was born on 19-07-1909 in Punnayurkulam, Thrissur in the state of Kerala, India. She was an Indian Poet, Writer & Author who awarded Padma Bhushan in 1987 for her contribution to Literature & Education.

Other Name: Nalapat Balamani Amma, Nalapat Balamani Nair
Other Professions: Writer Author
Appearance: Malayalam

Balamani Amma Complete Bio & Career

Nalapat Balamani Amma was a famous Indian poet, and prolific writer, known for her writings in Malayalam. She was called as "poetess of motherhood".She didn’t attend any school. Her maternal uncle’s books helped her and she was influenced by the poet Vallathol Narayana Menon. She was blessed with writing skills. Her work includes more than twenty anthologies of poems, translations, and prose works. She started writing poems at a very young age. "Kooppukai" was her first poem which was published in 1930. She rose to fame and people started knowing her when she received the ‘Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram’ award from the former ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin, Parikshith Thampuran. Her collection of poems from the year 1959 to 1986 was published under the title ‘Nivedyam ‘.She also wrote an elegy on her inspiration and uncle, poet Nalapat Narayana Menon’s death.
Kudumbini, Dharmamargathil, Sthree Hridayam, Prabhankuram, Bhavanayil, Oonjalinmel, Kalikkotta, Velichathil, Avar Paadunnu, Pranamam, Lokantharangalil, Sopanam, Muthassi, Mazhuvinte Katha, Ambalathilekku, Nagarathil, Veyilaarumbol, Amruthamgamaya, Sandhya, To My Daughter, and Kulakkad are her poems. She was honored with a number of awards for her contribution to literature including the Vallathol Award, Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award, Lalithambika Antharjanam Award, Saraswati Samman, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award,  N. V. Krishna WarrierAward, and Ezhuthachan Award. She also received India’s 3rd highest civilian honor,’ Padma Bhushan’. She received the titles ‘Amma ‘ and ‘Muthassi ‘ for her poetry on love for kids. Her son Kamala Das translated her poem, "The Pen".The poem describes a mother’s loneliness. 

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Honours & Awards

Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1987 Literature and Education

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Balamani Amma died at the age of 95 on 29-09-2004 in Kochi, Ernakulam in the state of Kerala, India. She was suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the last five years. Her cremation was featured with State honors.

DEATHDAY 29 September,2004 (Sunday)
DEATH PLACE Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala

Balamani Amma Family, Relatives and Other Relations

Father Chittanjoor Kunhunni Raja
Mother Nalapat Kochukutti Amma
Siblings Not Known
Husband V. M. Nair
Daughters Sulochana Nalapat, Kamala Surayya
Sons Shyam Sunder, Mohandas

She was born to Nalapat Kochukutti Amma and Chittanjoor Kunhunni Raja. Poet Nalapat Narayana Menon was her maternal uncle. When she was only 19 years old, she was married to V. M. Nair, the managing editor & managing director of the widely circulated Malayalam newspaper ‘Mathrubhumi’. Her husband passed away in 1977. The couple was blessed with four children including two sons named Shyam Sunder, Mohandas, and two daughters named Sulochana Nalapat & Kamala Surayya Das, a well-known writer. She was the grandmother of famous author Madhav Das Nalapat.

Life's Important Dates Of Balamani Amma

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Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Punnayurkulam, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Kochi, Ernakulam, Kerala, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Reading, Writing
Marital Status Widow
Debut First Poem - Kooppukai (1930)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White, Red
Favorite Place Kerala
Favorite Dress Saree

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Balamani Amma

  • She was called as "poetess of motherhood".
  • Her collection of poems from the year 1959 to 1986 was published under the title ‘Nivedyam‘.
  • She was married at the age of 19.
  • Her daughter Kamala Surayya was also a famous poet, who died on 31-05-2009 at the age of 75.
  • India's first professor of Geopolitics Madhav Das Nalapat is her grandson.
  • She was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1987.
  • One of the most prestigious literary awards in Kerala, the Balamani Amma Award for writers is created by the Kochi International Book Festival (KIBF) committee.
  • Google honored her with a Google Doodle on her 113th birth anniversary i.e. 19-07-2022.

Balamani Amma Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Balamani Amma was 95 years 2 months & 10 days old age.