22 January Sugathakumari (1934-2020)
Sugathakumari was born on 22 January 1934 at Aranmula, in Kerala. Apart from being hailed as one of the most celebrated Malayalam Poets of the contemporary era, she was also a writer, environmentalist, and women’s rights activist. Through her poems, she fought against the injustices meted out to women and the indiscriminate exploitation of nature. Fondly called ‘Sugatha Teacher’ by her fans and followers, she is said to have played a key role behind the establishment of Prakrithi Samrakshana Samithi, an organisation that is solely dedicated for the cause of conservation of nature and Abhaya, a home for the helpless women. In 2006 she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Govt. of India. Sugathakumari passed away on 23 December 2020.
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