Indian poet and activist, who has been at the forefront of environmental and feminist movements in Kerala, South India. Her parents were the poet and freedom fighter Bodheswaran and V. She is influenced by her poet father’s social activism and nationalistic fervour. She is the founder secretary of the Prakrithi Samrakshana Samithi, an organisation for kamala das ente katha pdf protection of nature and of Abhaya, a home for destitute women and a day-care centre for the mentally ill.
She was the former chairperson of the Kerala State Women’s Commission. She played a big role in the Save Silent Valley protest. In 2006, she was honoured with Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian honour.
Sugathakumari was born at Aranmula on 3 January 1934 in the Vazhuvelil Tharavadu. Her father, Bodheswaran, was a famous Gandhian thinker and writer, involved in the country’s freedom struggle. Karthiyayini, her mother, was a well known scholar and teacher of Sanskrit.