On feminist themes
STHREE: Madhavikutty; DC Books, DC Kizhakemuri Edam, Good Shepherd Street, Kottayam-686001. Rs. 65.
KAMALA SURAYYA Das (1934-2009), who wrote under the pen name Madhavikutty, was writer par excellence in poetry and fiction. It is customary that when a celebrity writer passes away his or her earlier and uncompiled pieces are discovered and published. In “Sthree”, there are two plays and 13 short stories, including the earliest story published when she was 10, under the title, “Avalude Vidhi”. The second is on a leprosy patient, written at the age of 12, and the third, “Sthree” (woman), published at 13, was the first Malayalam fiction based on homosexuality. The study by E.K. Prem Kumar, included in the book, details the first Malayalam lesbian fiction.
During 2007, Madhavikutty had published a series of stories with the central character of Janu Amma (her mother’s companion) and used the character to narrate a series of incidents connected with the life of the writer and through her she gave vent to her philosophy and stinging social criticism. Out of the two plays, “Madhavi Varma” has drama and catharsis and climax in an unexpected manner. The scenario of “Kali” is incomplete and deals with the discarded woman’s theme dear to the writer. The collection brings out the author’s commitment to love and feminism.
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