EXPLORING WOMEN’S IDENTITY IN KAMALA DAS POEM “THE OLD PLAYHOUSE”
Kamala das was born in punnayarkulam in kerala. She had her early education in a
convent school in calcatta. Her life and her works are very controversial in nature. Kamala das
started writing at the age of 18 under the pen name Madhavikutty. She is a bilingual writer. She
wrote a large number of novels and short stories in Malayalam. In 1972 her autobiography Ente
Katha was published in Malayalam. The English version of it appeared in 1975 with the tittle
‘My Story’. Kamala das has three volumes of poetry to her credit in English-Summer in
Culcatta, The Old Playhouse and other poems. Kamala das is essentially a poet of love. In many
poems she talks about the failure of love. Her poetry is all about herself. Kamala das is an Anglo
- Indian poet who shot to the limelight for her unabashed portrayal of women’s identity and
sexuality in her poems, at a time when women literatures writing such topics were considered a
taboo in India. The love and sex has been the subject of many poets but the most striking point
of her ’openness’ and ‘honesty’. It would be pertinent to quote some lines from Kamala das and
her poetry. Kamala das is delightful poet of love and sex, unraveling and mysteries of the finer
sex in this matter. The ‘openness’ and ‘honesty’ that we find in her is rarely witnessed in other
Indo-English women poets, with the possible exception of Gauri Deshpandey in a lesser degree.
In fact, many others contemporary Indian poets have sung songs in honour of Love Das used
various literary techniques and devices to portray the urgency of an Indian woman for freedom.
This paper is sample one of her best known poems.
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