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Kamala Surayya (born Kamala; 31 March – 31 May ), popularly known by her one-time pen name Madhavikutty and Kamala Das, She was noted for her many Malayalam short stories as well as many poems written in English. Winter. It smelt of new rains and of tender. Shoots of plants- and its warmth was the warmth. Of earth groping for roots even my. She wrote in Malayalam under the pen name ‘Madhavikutty.’ Kamala is known for her multilingual writing. Her Malayalam works would feature.

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There is a charm around Kamala Das—the unapologetic poet, the enigmatic mistress of words—that still continues to lure readers, despite her demise almost a decade ago. Kamala openly introduced a generation to a subject that was taboo those days—she spoke on topics like coming of age and sexual yearnings of a woman.

In her time, bold Kamala was certainly a trendsetter; an iconoclast who defied all conventions. Kamala, in word and deed, left behind many strong lessons for the women of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Connect with your body: Kamala explored the human body, its nook and crannies, and took heed of its needs madhavikutth her writings. She never shied away from laying bare the raw emotions of man and woman, exploring love and lust through the contours madnavikutty the body.

Her writings often concretised her biding love for the human body, and its intimate details and processes. Not just her love for the body, Kamala also connected with her physical insecurities and nakedness. In Composition she writes: Kamala often touched upon homosexuality—be it the attraction among young girls at the boarding school, or an episode that described her husband and his friend. In My StoryKamala writes: At this time my husband turned to his old friend for comfort.


They behaved like lovers in my presence. To celebrate my birthday they shoved me out of the bedroom and locked themselves in. I stood for a while wondering what two men could possibly do together to get some physical rapture, but after sometime my pride made me move away. Stand up for yourself: She lived her entire life her way, and those who loved her including her husband and her sons would not have had it otherwise.

For a woman with no formal education or a degree, who was married away at the age of 15, Kamala piems long way. Her literature has gained national and international recognition, and brought her laurels.

In her own way, she rebelled against patriarchy, and the boundaries set by society. At the age of 65, she took yet another decision that caused furore—to convert to Islam. Coming from a Nair family, that is also said to have its roots in royalty, this decision of Kamala came as shocker.

Love and sexuality in the writings of Kamala Das

What the world saw next was Kamala dressed in a burqa. As she wrote in the preface of My Story: 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.

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Bangladeshi artist uses metal to portray traumas of partition. By Ancy K Sunny February 07, File Poet and author Kamala Das. Aami, a Kamala Das biopic, will release on February 9 There is a charm around Kamala Das—the unapologetic poet, the enigmatic mistress of words—that still continues to lure readers, despite her demise almost a decade ago.

In her poem The Looking Glass, she writes: Gift him all, Gift him what makes you woman, the scent of Long hair, the musk of sweat between the breasts, The warm shock of menstrual blood, and all your endless female hungers.

Whenever he tried to strip me of my clothes, my Shyness clung to me like a second skin and made my movements graceless.

The Looking Glass – Poem by Kamala Das

Each pore of my skin became at that moment a seeing eye, an eye that viewed my body with distaste. But during my illness, I shed my shyness and for the first time in my life learned to surrender totally in bed with my pride intact and blazing Explore your sexuality: You have successfully sent the article.

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