Sahithyaratnam Draupadi G. Nair (N. Draupadi Amma)
Born at Chalakkudi in Thrissur on October 20, 1936. She is a Senior Thiruvathira Artist. She retired as principal from N. S. S. Irinjalakuda. “Thiruvathirayum Sthreekalude Mattu Vruthanushtanangalum” (“Thiruvathira and other Vrutha Rituals of Women”), “Keraleeya Kalayum Thiruvathirayum” (“Kerala’s Art and Thiruvathira”), “Chillu Kottaram” (“Glass Palace”), “Abhaya Kendram” (“Centre of Refuge”), “Ezhu Ekangangal” (“Seven One Act Plays”), “Sapnom ka Mahal” (“Dream Mansion”), and “Pooja Ki Ankhem” (“Eyes of Pooja”) are her published works. N. Draupadi is the recipient of Award for Thiruvathira instituted by Kerala Sangeetha Nadaka Academy in 2004. She also received Guru Sthaneeya Award by Thanjavoor Sath Zone Cultural Centre (2004), Seva puraskar by Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (1997), Seva Samman Puraskar by Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (2003), Vishista Pracharak Seva Puraskar Certificate and Gold Medal by Dakshina, Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (Madras) (2003), Puraskar and certificate of Honour by Kerala State Hindi Pracharak Samithi for Literary Achievements in Hindi (2007). In the story ‘Chita’ (‘Funeral Pyre’), the writer delineates the thoughts of a small boy at the death of his father. The boy, who enquires why his mother is weeping, does not know that his father, who has to shine as the lamp of his house, has met with a heroic death for his country. When they put the body into the pyre, the boy who has been thinking that his father was sleeping, cries out “Don’t burn my father, Mother, ask them not to burn my father, Grandpa, tell grandpa, that my father should not be burnt”. As the pyre burns a fire blazes in his tender heart also.