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In the late 1970s she led a successful nationwide movement, known as Save Silent Valley, to save some of the oldest natural forests in the country, the Silent Valley in Kerala, from submersion as a result of a planned hydroelectric project.Her poem "Marathinu Stuthi" (Ode to a Tree) became a symbol for the protest from the intellectual community and was the opening song of most of the Save Silent Valley campaign meetings.Sugathakumari (born 3 January 1934) is an Indian poet and activist, who has been at the forefront of environmental and feminist movements in Kerala, South India. She is influenced by her poet father's social activism and nationalistic fervour.Her parents were the poet and freedom fighter Bodheswaran and V. She is the founder secretary of the Prakrithi Samrakshana Samithi, an organisation for the protection of nature and of Abhaya, a home for destitute women and a day-care centre for the mentally ill.Sugathakumari is perhaps the most sensitive and most philosophical of contemporary Malayalam poets.Her poetry has always drawn upon her sadness and unhappiness.

Environmental issues and other contemporary problems are also sharply portrayed in her poetry.Raathrimazha (Night Rain) won the Kendra Sahitya Academy Award in 1978.Her other collections include Paavam Manavahridayam, Muthuchippi, Irulchirakukal and Swapnabhoomi.Sugathakumari has won numerous awards and recognitions including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award (1968), Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award (1978), Odakkuzhal Award (1982), Vayalar Award (1984), Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra Award (1986), Asan Prize (1991), Vallathol Award (2003), Kerala Sahithya Akademi Fellowship (2004), Ezhuthachan Puraskaram (2009) and Saraswati Samman (2012).In 2006, she was honoured with Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian honour.

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