Aranmula Ponnamma

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Aranmula Ponnamma
Aranmula Ponnamma.jpg
Born (1915-04-08)8 April 1915
Aranmula, Kerala, India
Died 21 February 2011(2011-02-21) (aged 95)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–2003
Spouse(s) Kochu Krishna Pilla
Children Rajamma , Rajashekharan
Parents Malethu Kesava Pillai
Parukutty Amma
Awards 2006 - J.C. Daniel Award for Lifetime Achievement

Aranmula Ponnamma (8 April 1915 – 21 February 2011) was a National Award winning Malayalam film actress known for her roles as mother of the protagonist in numerous films. She was widely described as a mother figure in Malayalam cinema.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Ponnamma was born as one of five children of Malethu Kesava Pillai and Parukutty Amma in Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, Travancore.[3] She started her career at the age of 12 as a Carnatic music vocalist. She began by singing before meetings organised by the Hindu Mahamandal on the banks of the Pampa river. At the age of 15, she was appointed as a music teacher in a primary school in Pala, before starting to teach in the senior classes. Later she joined the first batch of students at the Swati Tirunal Music Academy. After the course, she was appointed as the music teacher in Cotton Hill Girls' High School in Trivandrum.[citation needed]

Family[edit]

She is married to Late Kochu Krishna Pilla. The couple have a son, Rajashekharan and a daughter, Rajamma.

Career[edit]

Ponnamma's acting debut happened only when she turned 29, in a play titled Bhagyalakshmi. She went on to act in plays such as Prasanna, Chechi, Jeevithayathra and Rakthabandham, before debuting in films. Her debut role was that of the mother of the character played by Miss Kumari, a prominent actress at that time in Sasidharan (1950).[2] The same year she did another mother role in the Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair starrer Amma, which was the first film of noted producer T. E. Vasudevan and also the 18th Malayalam film.[4] In 1968, she acted in the film Viruthan Shanku directed by P. Venu, the first full length comedy in malayalam cinema. She was typecasted in mother roles. In her own words: "I did play a negative role in Paadunna Puzha and that of a wayward woman in Yachakan. But after that I was always cast as the mother. As the mother of two children, I was very comfortable in that role. My role model was my mother, Parukutty Amma, who had to look after her five children on her own after my father, Malethu Kesava Pillai, passed away when I was nine. In fact, in Amma, my fifth film, I was merely acting as my mother."[2] In her career spanning over 60 years, she acted as the mother or grandmother of first generation actors like Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair, second generation actors like Prem Nazir and Sathyan and third generation actors like Mammootty, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi.

She appeared last in the film Gourisankaram (2003). She died on 21 February 2011, aged 96, at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.[5][6][7]

Awards[edit]

National Film Awards

Kerala State Film Awards

Asianet Film Awards
  • 1998 : Lifetime Achievement Award

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Cast
2003 Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam
2000 Indriyam Muthassi
1997 Janadipathyam
1997 Lelam Revathi Thirunal thampuratti
1996 Kadhapurushan Muthassi Adoor Gopalakrishnan
1995 Sindoorarekha Muthassi
1995 Puthukottayile Puthumanavalan Achamma
1995 Highway
1994 Sudhinam Bhargavi Amma
1993 Mayamayooram
1993 Aakashadoothu
1991 Adhvaitham
1992 Savidam
1989 Oru Sayahnathinte Swapnam Saraswathiyamma
1987 Achuvettante Veedu Achuthankutty's Mother
1987 Swargam
1986 Rareeram Nandakumar's Mother
1986 Kaveri Balu's Mother
1985 Madhuvidhu Theerum Munpe
1985 Navadakku Paniyedukku
1985 Vellam
1985 Puzhayozhugum Vazhi Hari's Mother
1985 Azhiyatha Bandhangal Meenakshi
1985 Pathamudayam B. G. Menon's Sister
1983 Ahankaram
1983 Pallankuzhi
1983 Enne Njan Thedunnu Parukuttyamma
1983 Bandham
1982 Yagam
1982 Ee Nadu Parvathiyamma
1981 Archana Teacher
1981 Ira Thedunna Manushyar
1981 Manassinte Theerthayathra
1980 Ambalavilakku
1980 Thirayum Theeravum
1980 Makaravilakku
1980 Oppol
1980 Theekadal Balakrishnan's Mother
1979 Lajjavathi
1979 Rajaveedhi
1979 Amrithachumbanam
1979 Oru Ragam Pala Thalam
1979 Venalil Oru Mazha
1979 Tharankam
1979 Ivide KAttinu Sugantham
1979 Sayoojyam Saraswathy
1978 Anapachan
1978 Avar Jeevikkunnu
1978 Kodiyettam Adoor Gopalakrishnan
1978 Rowdy Ramu
1978 Urakkam Varatha Rathrikal
1978 Naalumanippookkal
1978 Rapadikalude Gatha
1978 Njan Njan Mathrem
1978 Padasaram Bhavani
1978 Ahlya
1978 Kaithappo
1977 Yudhakandam
1977 Sathyavan Savithri
1977 Sree Murukan
1976 Hridayam Oru Kshethram
1973 Swapnam
1973 Ponnapuram Kotta
1972 Sree Guruvayoorappan
1972 Prathikaram
1971 Muthassi
1971 Kochaniyathi Mohan's Mother
1970 Kurukshethram
1970 Sthree
1970 Madhuvidhu Gopi's Mother
1970 Ambalapravu
1970 Lottery Ticket
1970 Cross Belt Ammukuttiyamma
1970 Thara
1970 Nilakkatha Changalakal
1969 PAdicha Kallan
1969 Jwala
1969 Poojapushppam
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Minavati
1968 Adhyapika
1968 Agnipareeksha Mohan's Mother
1968 Padunna Puzha Bhanumathiyamma
1968 Kodugalooramma
1968 Vidhyarthi
1968 Hotel High Range
1968 Midumidukki
1968 Viruthan Shanku P. Venu
1967 LAdy Doctor
1967 Collector Malathi Subhadramma
1967 Agniputhri Saraswathi
1967 Kavalam Chundan Saraswathi Kunjamma
1967 Pavapettaval Bhavaniyamma
1967 Pareekha Lakshmi
1966 Priyathama
1966 Puthri Layamma P Subramaniam
1966 Archana
1965 Mayavi
1965 Muthalai
1965 Shakunthala
1964 Atom Bomb Janaki
1964 Manavatti
1964 KAruthakai
1964 Kalajukittiya Thankam Sharada
1964 School Master Jaanu
1963 Kalayum Kaminiyum
1962 Kalpadukal
1962 Viyarppinte Vila
1961 Kandam Becha Kottu Amina
1961 Umminithanka Abhirama
1961 Bhakta Kuchela Yashoda
1961 Jnana Sundari
1960 Poothali
1958 Mariakutty
1957 Padathapainkili Kunjandamma
1957 Thaskaraveeran
1956 Manthravadi
1956 Avar Unarunnu
1955 Aniyathi
1954 Bhalyasakhi
1953 Ponkathir
1953 Ashadeepam
1953 Lokaneedhi
1952 Amma K Vembu
1952 Kaanchana
1952 Aathmashanthi
1951 Yachakan
1950 Chechi
1950 Sasidharan
1950 Chandrika

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