Kamala Das [born; 31 March 1934 – 31 May 2009], also known as Kamala Surayya and by her pseudonym Madhavikutty. She was a poet and a novelist among other things. She belonged to a family of writers who had already marked their place in the literary world. Kamala Das is considered to be an unforgettable poet of the postcolonial period in India. Her work is often compared to that of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.
She wrote unflinchingly on topics such as women's issues, marriage, child care, and politics among others. While she wrote in two languages that are English and Malayalam, her poems were translated into many other languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, German, and Japanese. She was a confessional poet who wasn't afraid to write down about women's sexuality' a topic considered taboo back in the time. Her explicit autobiography 'my story' broke silence on her failed marriage. It was her honest and candid stories and poems that labeled her ''The Mother of Modern Indian English Poetry' by the Times. In 1984, She was also nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature.
Some of her famous poems include
Kamala Das was a feminist in a time when the roles of the women were confined to being romanticized. She was an undaunted poet who wasn't afraid to speak for herself and the women around her. She was fierce and will rightly always be remembered as 'The Mother of Modern Indian English Poetry.