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The poet who always stood with nature and woman’s tears, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sugathakumari’s demise

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief minister Pinrayi Vijayan expressed his condolence over poet Sugathakumari’s death. In the condolence note, posted in FaceBook, the chief minister said poet Sugathakumari has always stood with nature and woman’s tears.

“Sugathakumari’s life was dedicated to poetry. Her demise has caused an irreplaceable loss not only to Malayalam language and poetry but also to Kerala’s cultural landscape,” he wrote on Facebook.

His Facebook post is as follows:

Sugathakumari as a poet always stood with nature and woman’s tears. She proved that nothing wrong will happen to poetry by actively working in the social sphere by combining her poetry skills and ability to respond and involve in social issues.

She emphatically picturised the pain and struggles suffered by womenfolk through her poems like Penkunju 90 (girlchild 90), another poem ‘Sare Jahan Se Acha,’ depicts the gap between freedom fighters dreams and the present Indian reality.

Following the footsteps of her father Bodheswaran, a freedom fighter and a great poet, Sugathakumari entered into social and literary fields and she raised Malayalam’s fame across the world through her poetic works. Her care towards nature and all flora and fauna reflected in her works and deeds. She became the ample illustration of Malayalee woman be it in the fights for Malayalam language or for preserving the pristine nature of Kerala. She became the voice of the voiceless, especially for orphaned girls, animals and tribals.

She intervened in all issues concerning women when she became the chief of women’s commission. She gave solace and comfort to thousands of orphaned women by starting an institution called ‘Abhaya.’ Sugathakumari who delivered the prestigious Saraswati Samman award to Malayalam through her work ‘Mannalezhuthu,’ reflected the soul of mother’s in Kerala through her works and deeds. She worked tirelessly in Kerala’s efforts to get the classical tag for Malayalam language and for getting the right recognition to Malayalam in the Indian literary space.

Through her poetic compilations—Muttuchippi, Ambalamani, Thulavarsha Pacha and Radhaye Tedi’ Sugathakumari earned an indisputable position among the literary lovers in Kerala. Her personality should be understood in the context of her philanthropic activities, environmental activities, language’s welfare activities and her initiatives to save the tribals.

Her life was dedicated to poetry. Her demise has caused an irreplaceable loss not only to Malayalam language and poetry but also to Kerala’s cultural landscape. I also mourn her death and express my condolence.

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