Lalithambika Antharjanam was born on March 30, 1909, at Kottavattam, Kottarakkara. She grew up in a nation and a society in the midst of change. She married Narayanan Namboodri in 1927. Initially she wrote poems and published her first collection in 1936. Later she published seven more collections, the best known of it being 'Aayirathiri.' Her short story collections include 'Moodupadathil,' 'Kalathinde Edukal,' 'Kodumkattil Ninnu,' 'Irupathy Varshathinu Sesham,' 'Agnipushpangal,' and 'Dhirendu Majumdarude Amma.'
At the age of sixty-seven she published her first novel, 'Agnisakshi', which won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1967. This wonderful novel reflects the conflicts between the orthodox and the progressive elements in the community. Her other works are 'Kotumkattil petta oru ila '(a leaf caught in a typhoon) and 'Manikyan.' She passed away in 1987.
Updated on 27th February, 2016
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