Kovalam poet Gomathi Amma passes away
Declined Kovalam poet Gomathi Amma, passed away at Nemom on Wednesday. She was 87. She is known for her recital of Ayyinappilla Asan’s Ramakatha Pattu and Ayyinappilla Asan’s Bharatham Pattu. A winner of Folklore Academy Award, Gomathi Amma had even memorised hundreds of lines from the two works which are believed to have originated 150 years before Thunchathu Ezhuthachan wrote Adhyatma Ramayanam.
She used to recite Ramakatha during the month of Karkidakam at a Devi Temple in Avaduthura, where the Kovalam poets wrote their works. The mortal remains of Gomathi Amma was kept for public honor at her daughter’s house at Nemom. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Minister for Culture A K Balan sympathised the death.
The incineration was held at her ancestral house, Thekke Veettil, Kovalam, with state honours on Wednesday evening. Her husband K Raman Nair predeceased her. She is survived by children R Vinayakan Nair, Ambika Devi, R Ganeshan Nair, R Mohanan Nair, Kovalam Radhakrishnan. Sanchayanam will be held on Monday.
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