Smt. Sugathakumari

Renowned poet and conservationist Smt. Sugathakumari. In 2006 she was awarded the Padma Shri for her works of poetry.One of the most active campaigners of the Save Silent Valley Movement when it took shape in the 1970s. Silent Valley – a tropical evergreen forest in Palakkad district – was at the time proposed by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to host a hydroelectric dam. She raised her voice for oppressed women time and again, leading to the opening of Abhaya in 1985. It became a home for destitute women and a daycare centre for people with mental health issues. In 1996, she became the first chairperson of the Kerala State Women’s Commission. Recipient of Odakkuzhal Award in 1982, Vayalar Award in ’84, Asan Prize in 1991, Lalithambika Sahitya Award in 2001, Ezhuthachan and Basheer Awards in 2009 , the ONV Literary Award in 2017 and Kadammanitta Ramakrishnan Award in 2019.her elder sisiter Smt Hridayakumari, another alumnus of this college translated into English, her sister’s Rathrimazha (Night Rain), a poem written in six sections.

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