Recipient of Folklore Akademi Award
Gomathi Amma of Avaduthara, a descendant of Kovalam poets Ayyipilla Asan and Ayyanapilla Asan, passed away on Wednesday. She was87
Gomathi Amma had kept the cultural heritage alive with her performances 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 home at Avaduthara, Kovalam, on Wednesday evening.
It is thought that Kovalam Poets authored their works – based upon the epics Ramayana and the Mahabharatha – at Avaduthara, Kovalam, prior to 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 actually died earlier. She leaves behind boys Vinayakan Nair, Ganeshan Nair, Mohanan Nair and Kovalam Radhakrishnan (subeditor, Mathrubhumi) and a child Ambika Devi.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has actually condoled her death.