Kamala Das, born Kamala Surayya, was an Indian poet and novelist. She went by the pen name Madhavikutty. She wrote openly about politics, equal rights for women, and sexuality. She was an important figure in the Indian feminist movement and won numerous awards, like the Asian Poetry Prize and the PEN Asian Poetry Prize. Das was a confessional poet whose work has been compared to that of Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton.