Finding her voice

Print edition : April 03, 2015

Sarah Joseph. She is perhaps the first conscious feminist in Malayalam fiction though Saraswathyamma had all the makings of one. Photo: S. Mahinsha

Lalitambika Antarjanam (1909-1987). She stands out for the range and complexity of the characters and situations she created and for her historical understanding of the plight of women (and men) in her time.

"Agnisakshi" (1975), Lalitambika Antarjanam's only novel.

Malayalam has produced two of the greatest women poets of India: Sugathakumari (pictured here) and Balamani Amma. Photo: Hareesh N. Nampoothiri/Newnmedia

Malayalam has produced two of the greatest women poets of India: Balamani Amma (pictured here) and Sugathakumari. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

K. Saraswathyamma believed that her mission was to empower women. The cover of a complete collection of her stories.

Madhavikkutty. Her stories most often evolved from a central image and expressed a mood or vision.

Madhavikkutty's "Nashtapetta Neelambari".

Madhavikkutty's "Januvamma Paranja Katha".

In "Retelling the Ramayana: Voices from Kerala", Sarah Joseph takes a fresh look at the women characters of the Ramayana.

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