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A prolific writer

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KOCHI, SEPT. 29. Balamaniyamma was born on July 19, 1909 at Nalappattu House, Punnayoorkulam, in Thrissur district. She had left for Kolkata after her marriage to V.M. Nair, at the age of 19. `Kooppukai,' her first collection of poems, was published in 1930.

She has published more than 20 anthologies of poems, and several prose works and translations. She had received many awards including the Sahithya Nipuna Puraskaram, Kerala Sahithya Akademi Award in 1963 (`Muthassi'), Kendra Sahithya Akademi Award (1965), Asan Prize (1989), Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, `Saraswati Samman,' and Vallathol Puraskaram given by Vallathol Sahithya Samithi.

Her major works are `Kooppukai,' (1930), `Amma,' (1934), `Kudumbini,' (1936), `Dharmamargathil,' (1938), `Sthree Hridayam,' (1939), `Prabhankuram,' (1942), `Bhavanayil,' (1942), `Oonjalinmel,' (1946), `Kalikkotta,' (1949), `Velichathil,' (1951), `Avar Paadunnu,' (1952), `Pranamam,' (1954), `Muthassi,' (1962), `Oru Mazhuvinte Katha,' (1966), `Ambalathil,' (1967), and `Veyilaarumbol,' (1921). `Sopanam,' the first major collection of her works, appeared in 1961, with an introduction by Sukumar Azhikode, who hailed her as the `Poetess of Universal Motherhood'. `Nivedyam,' the second major anthology of poems, appeared in 1987.

`Lokantharangalil,' was an elegy on the death of the great litterateur Nalappattu Narayana Menon, who was her uncle.

`Mazhuvinte Katha,' which was different from her usual oeuvre, was a collection of narrative poems.

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