- Kamla Surayya also known by her one time pen name Madhuikutty and Kamala Das, was an Indian .
- English poet, and a leading Malyalam author from Kerala.
- “An Introduction” is a poem by Das which has famous line –
“I am an Indian very brown, born in Malabar, I speak three languages, write in two and dream in
- Her first book of poetry Summer in Calcutta was a breath of fresh air in Indian English poetry.
- Her second book of poetry Descendants was even more explicit woman to – “Gill him what makes you woman, the scent of long hair, the must of, sweet between the breasts, The warm shock menstrual blood and all your endless female hungers” – The Looking Glass.
- At the age of 42, she published a daring auto-biography ‘My Story’ originally written in Malayalam and
later in English. It has 50 chapters.
- In 2009, ‘The Times’ called her ‘The mother of Modern English India Poetry’.
- She adopted Islam in 1999 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya.
- She got Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985. She founded a political party called ‘Lok Sera’.
Work of kamla das
Summer in Calcutta (1965); It consists of 51 poems. In this poem she compares the Sun to a Ripe
Orange and follow:
- The Descendants (1967); Contains 29 Poems
- The Old Playhouse and other Poems (1973) – Contains 33 Poems.
- The Sirens
- Alphabet of Lust ;Novel
- My Grandmother’s House
- English Novel
• 1976: Alphabet of Lust
• 1976: My Story
• 1977: A Doll for the Child Prostitute
• 1992: Padmavati the Harlot and Other Stories
• 1964: The Sirens
• 1965: Summer in Calcutta
• 1967: The Descendants
• 1973: The Old Playhouse and Other Poems
• 1977: The Stranger Time
• 1979: Tonight, This Savage Rite (with Pritish Nandy)
• 1984: Collected Poems
• 1985: The Anamalai Poems
• 1997: Only the Soul Knows How to Sing
• 1999: My Mother At Sixty-six
- • 2001: Yaa Allah