Kamala Das's possessions donated

Kamala Das's possessions donated


The effects were handed over by her son MD Nalapat to president of the academy M Mukundan. “It includes virtually everything she used and many of them are antiques. Some of them are decades old,” said Nalapat.

Suraiya passed away in a private hospital in Pune on May 31 this year and her body was interred at the Palayam Juma Masjid in Thiruvananthapuram two days later. She was 75.
“Among the things that have been given are her four writing tables and desks, four pens, dining table, chairs and virtually everything that she used,” added Nalapat.
Mukundan said that all the things would be preserved and would be open for public to view at Thrissur.

Born to VM Nair and Balamani Amma on March 31, 1934, Kamala spent most of her childhood in Kolkata where her father worked.

Influenced by her poetess mother and uncle Nalapat Narayana Menon, a prominent writer, Kamala started writing at the age of 17 under the pen name Madhavikutty.

She was married to Madhava Das, 15 years elder to her, and the couple had three sons. Kamala’s first literary success came at age of 42 with her autobiography ‘My Story’. In 1999, she announced she was embracing Islam and changed her name to Kamala Suraiya.