Chennai: The Department of Malayalam at Madras University has created history by including in their syllabus a collection of poems penned by first Malayali transgender poet Vijayaraja Mallika. The book ‘Daivathinte Makal’ (Daughter of God) comprising of 50 poems has been added in the revised syllabus of MA Malayalam.
In Kerala, only MG University and Kaladi Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit have included single poems of Vijayaraja Mallika in their syllabi, but not her collection of poems. It is noteworthy that a university outside Kerala took initiative to add a collection of poems by a Malayali transgender poet in its syllabus.
The syllabus committee comprising of Dr. P. M. Gireesh, the head of the department of Malayalam in Madras University, as chairman and teachers Dr. O. K. Santhosh and Dr. K. Sampreetha included Vijayaraja Mallika’s book in the syllabus of third semester.
Vijayaraja Mallika responded that she considers this as a great recognition in her life and as a national award. This move will create an opportunity to discuss the problems of a community in the social circle. She added that she would like to visit the department of Malayalam in Madras University.
A native of Thrissur, Vijayaraja Mallika is presently working as Paralegal Volunteer at Thrissur city women police station. Her second anthology of poetry ‘Aan Nadhi’ (Male River) was released the other day. She is planning to release another collection of poems and her autobiography titled ‘Mallika Vasantham’ this year.