She was called Kamala Das, Madhavikutty and Kamala Suraiya. Each name represented a body of her works, a phase of her life or an aspect of her personality.
Kamala Das enjoyed the status of being one of the first poets writing in English from Kerala to be recognised nationally and internationally.
An iconoclast of her generation who unabashedly spoke about the Indian woman’s sexual desires and a maverick who courted controversies, she was decorated with prizes such as the Kent Award and nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Kamala Das: RIP