About Kamala Surayya
Kamala Surayya also known as Madhavikutty and Kamala Das (married name) was an Indian poet and author. She was born in a conservative Hindu Nair (Nalapat) family having royal ancestry. She converted to Islam on December 11, 1999, at the age of 65 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya. She is most famous in Kerala for her short stories and autobiography in Malayalam. She has written most of her English work under the name Kamala Das and is noted for her poems and explicit autobiography. On 31 May 2009, aged 75, she died at a hospital in Pune, after a long battle with pneumonia. She was buried at the Palayam Juma Masjid at Thiruvananthapuram with full state honour.