Smt.B Hridayakumari was a renowned Malayalam writer and educationist . An acclaimed literary critic and orator who wrote and spoke extensively on a variety of topics and issues, including literature and education. She received the Kerala Sahithya Academy Award in 1991 for her book “Kalpanikatha”, a study on romanticism in Malayalam literature. Smt Hridayakumai had a long career of about 36 years as a teacher of English literature. She retired as Principal of the Government College for Women.