Fascinated with Poetry

Malavika Menon from Wayanad, who writes under the pen name Ammu, is excited about the release of her second collection of poems on Children\'s Day

Published: 23rd October 2013 10:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2013 10:20 AM   |  A+A-


Ammu is like every other sevenyear- old who carries an innocent wish list within her dreams. However, it is her poetry that makes the bubbly girl, familiar to the Malayali audience through her endearing presence in films like 'Rathinirvedam', 'Killadi Raman', 'David and Goliath', 'Thanichalla Njan', different. From a very tender age, Ammu composed poems on subjects like nature and relationships. Surprisingly, she published her first collection, 'Ammuvinte Kunjikavithakal' when she was barely four, which is a part of the syllabus of some of the special schools in the state including Adarsh Special School, Kochi. Now the tiny tot is geared up to bring out her second collection, 'Suryakanthi', on Children's Day.Travelling inspires her to compose poems, reveals the young poet, who inhales the picturesque beauty of Wayanad where she is living. "Nature allures me and gives me ideas to compose poems," says the little girl who is studying in Class II at De Paul Public School, Kalpetta. "In the first collection, there were 12 poems. And the second one will have 15 poems," says Ammu's mother Ranjini Menon. She says, "Whenever an idea strikes her mind, she immediately composes and recites them. Ever since childhood, I used to jot down the poems for Ammu." Childhood thoughts and innoc e n c e s p a r k l e throughout her lines. Her mother says, "The curriculum designers of the special schools have pointed out that Ammu uses a childish language in a spontaneous and lyrical way, the reason why they have included her works in their syllabus. Usually, the elderly who h a n d l e children's literature are sombre in their writing. But in Ammu's case, the kids can relate to the thoughts and ideas that she conveys. "The chirpy girl, who is an excellent contemporary dancer too, is bubbling with excitement as she looks forward to film 'Nadan' with Jayaram. She plays the role of Jayaram's daughter in the upcoming flick which is a tribute to KPAC theatrical movement. "I love acting and would like to do more good roles in future," reveals Ammu, who is an ardent fan of Mammootty and Kavya Madhavan. The buoyant girl aspires to be a M i s s World or a fashion designer when she grows up. However, her greatest dream is to listen to her poems in films, through the magical voice of the singer whom she admires the most- K J Yesudas.


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