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Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi

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Pen name
  
Gauri Lakshmi Bai

Ethnicity
  
Malayali

Nationality
  

Language
  
Occupation
  
Writer

Name
  
Aswathi Gowri

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi smiling while sitting on the chair and wearing a white and blue dress
Native name
  
അശ്വതി തിരുനാൾ ഗൗരി ലക്ഷ്മിഭായി

Born
  
4 July 1945 (age 75), Thiruvananthapuram

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Aswathy Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi (born 1945) of the former Travancore Royal Family is a noted Indo-Anglian writer from Kerala. She has ten books to her credit.

Contents

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi smiling while wearing a red and blue dress, pearl earrings, and gold necklace

Aswathy Thirunal is the niece of the last King of Travancore, Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma.

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi pointing her finger upward while wearing a white and violet dress

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi responds on Kalmandapam Issue


Birth and education

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi speaking while sitting on the chair and wearing a blue dress

Aswathy Thirunal was born as the third child of Maharani Karthika Thirunal Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore Royal Family and Lt. Col G. V. Raja in 4 July 1945. Her siblings are Avittom Thirunal Rama Varma(1938-1944), Pooyam Thirunal Gowri Parvati Bayi (1941) and Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma(1949). She was educated at home by Anglo-Indian tutors along with her siblings. After finishing school, she joined Women's College Thiruvananthapuram to pursue a Degree in Economics and graduated from there in 1966.

Marriage

At the age of 18 in 1963, Aswathy Thirunal married 26-year-old Vishakham Nal Sukumaran Raja Raja Varma, a member of the Paliyakkara West Palace of Thiruvalla. The couple had two sons and an adopted daughter. Raja Raja Varma died on 30 December 2005 from injuries received in a car accident.

Literary works

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Aswathi Thirunal has written several books on subjects such as Travancore temples and Kerala temple architecture as well as two collections of English poems, numerous articles in newspapers, and books on the culture and heritage of India — more than 10 books in total. Some of her important works are: The Dawn (1994), Kerala Temple Architecture: Some Notable Features (1997), Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple (1998), Thulsi Garland (1998), The Mighty Indian Experience (2002), Budhadarśanaṃ: lēkhanaṅṅaḷ (2007), Glimpses of Kerala Culture (2011) and Rudrakshamala (2014). According to critics, the book Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple published in 1998, considered a comprehensive work on the ancient temple, is extremely popular and has run into several editions. The book was translated into Malayalam by K. Shankaran Nambuthiri and K. Jayakumar.

Malayalam Film

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi sitting on the couch while wearing a violet and white dress

Aswathi Thirunal's sole contribution to the Malayalam film industry to date was to write the story, screenplay and dialogue for the 1983 film Aana.


Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi sitting on the couch while wearing a pink and white dress and a sculpture of Buddha beside her

References

Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi Wikipedia