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Gomathi Amma passes away

Gomathi Amma

Gomathi Amma  

Recipient of Folklore Akademi Award

Gomathi Amma of Avaduthara, a descendant of Kovalam poets Ayyipilla Asan and Ayyanapilla Asan, passed away on Wednesday. She was 87.

Gomathi Amma had kept the cultural heritage alive with her renditions of Ayyipilla Asan’s ‘Ramakathapaatu’ and Ayyanapilla Asan’s ‘Bharathampaatu,’ based, respectively, on the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha.

Gomathi Amma is a recipient of the Folklore Akademi Award. The cremation was held at her ancestral house at Avaduthara, Kovalam, on Wednesday evening.

It is believed that Kovalam Poets authored their works - based on the epics Ramayana and the Mahabharatha - at Avaduthara, Kovalam, before the birth of Thunchathu Ezhuthachchan. Today, the place has a memorial to the brothers which is under the State Archaeology Department. During the Ramayana month, the ‘Ramakathapaatu’ is recited here.

Gomathi Amma’s husband K. Raman Nair had passed away earlier. She leaves behind sons Vinayakan Nair, Ganeshan Nair, Mohanan Nair and Kovalam Radhakrishnan (subeditor, Mathrubhumi) and a daughter Ambika Devi.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has condoled her death.

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