Adoor Pankajam

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Adoor Pankajam
Adoor Pankajam.jpg
Born 1929
Adoor,  Travancore
Died 26 June 2010
Adoor, Kerala,  India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937–1996
Spouse(s) Damodharan Potti
Children Ajayan
Parent(s) K Raman Pilla, Kunjukunjamma

Adoor Pankajam (1925 – 26 June 2010) was an Indian actress, in Malayalam movies. She hailed from Adoor in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala state.[1] Mainly, she was a supporting actress, and a comedian. Her sister Adoor Bhavani was also a Malayalam cinema actress.[2]

Pankajam's most noted performance was in the national award winning film Chemmeen as Nalla Pennu. She also did a pivotal role in India's first neo-realistic film Newspaper Boy (1955). In 2008, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy honoured Pankajam and Bhavani for their overall contributions to theatre and drama.[3]

She died on 26 June 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Adoor Pankajam was born to Adoor Paarappurathu Kunjuraman Pillai and Kunjoonjamma in 1925 and was the second child of 8 children.[4] Her sister Adoor Bhavani also became famous later through plays and movies.

She could only study till 4th standard due to financial difficulties. But still she continued her music studies under Panthalam Krishnapillai Bhagavathar till the age of 11. By this time, she has done musical kacheri in most of the temples around her village.

At 12, she started acting in Kannur Kerala Kalanilayam troupe against the will of her parents. She acted in their play Madhumadhurayam in over 300 stages. Her next play was Rakthabhandham by a theater in Chengannoor. In this play, she did a comic role which was widely accepted.

She met Devarajan Potti, the owner of Kollam Bharatha Kalachandrika while she was working with this troupe and later got married to him. Potti later started another troupe called Parthasarathy Theaters and during her tenure with this troupe, she got invitation to act in movies.

She has a son named Ajayan, who is a cinema/TV serial actor.

Career[edit]

She started her acting career with the stage play Madhu Madhuryam by Kalanilayam Theaters. Her first movie was Premalekhanam produced by Pappa Soman. But her first movie which got released was Vishappinte Vila directed by Boban Kunchacko. Her last movie was the Dileep starrer Kunjikoonan. She has acted in over 400 films during her career.

In 1976 she and her sister Adoor Bhavani started a Theater troupe called Adoor Jaya Theaters. But later the sisters got split up and Bhavani left the Theater. Pankajam went on with the theater with her husband Devarajan Potti and she kept the Theater active for over 18 years.

In 2008, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy honoured Pankajam and Bhavani for their overall contributions to theatre and drama.[3] She has also received Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress for her performance in the movie Sabarimala Ayyappan.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Adheena
2002 Kunjikkoonam
2001 Snehapoorvam
2001 Soothradaran
1996 Harbour Plamena Ammachi
1995 Thumbolikadappuram
1995 Alanchery Thambrakal Kettilamma
1994 Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka
1993 Kudumbasneham
1992 Kudumbasammetham
1991 Maydinam Mariya
1991 Neelagiri
1990 Aye Auto
1990 Maydinam
1989 Swagatham
1988 Kandathum Kettathum
1987 Anantharam
1980 Palattu Kunjikannan
1980 Theekadal Karthyayani
1979 Rajaveedhi
1978 Chakrayudam
1978 Kadathanattu Makkam
1977 Choodakkari
1977 Achaaram Ammini Osharam Omana Kalyani
1976 Chennay Valarthiya Kutti
1976 Yakshaganam Naaniyamma
1975 Neela Ponman Akkomma
1975 Swarnamalsyam
1974 Vandikkari
1974 Durga
1974 Thumbolarcha Ponni
1973 Rakkuyil
1973 Swargaputhri Mariyakutty
1973 Ponnapuram Kotta
1973 Yaamini Dakshyayani
1973 Panitheeratha Veedu Rosi
1973 Chayam
1973 Thottavadi Kamalamma
1972 Adyathe Kadha
1972 Prathikaram Kamalam
1972 Postmane Kaanmanilla
1972 Gandharavakshetram Lilly
1972 Oru Sundariyude Kadha Paachiyakka
1972 Sree Guruvayoorappan
1971 Lora Nee Evide
1971 Panchavan Kaadu Nangeli
1971 Agnimrigam
1970 Dathuputhran Achamma
1970 Othenante Makan Uppatti
1970 Thara
1970 Ningalenne Communistakki Kamalamma
1970 Pearl View Rathi Madhavan
1969 Urangatha Sundari Madhavi
1969 Jwala Panki
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Vasumathi
1968 Punnapra Vayalar PK Vilasiniyamma
1968 Kodugalooramma
1968 Ragini
1967 Mainatharuvi Kolacse
1967 Kavalam Chundan
1967 Olathumathi
1966 Jail
1965 Thommante Makkal
1965 Muthalali
1965 Kadathukaran Naaniyamma
1965 Inapravukal
1965 Devatha
1965 Odayil Ninnu Sara
1965 Kochumon
1965 Kattuppokkal Sharada
1964 Ore Bhoomi Ore Raktham
1964 Adyakiranagal Kunjeli
1964 Atom Bomb Kalyanikutty
1964 Omanakuttan
1964 Karutha Kai Maheswari
1964 Manavatti
1964 Anna
1964 Bharthavu
1964 Kalaju Kittiya Thankam Pankajam
1963 Chilaboli
1963 Snapaka Yohannan Rahael
1963 Doctor Thankamma
1963 Kalayum Kaminiyum
1963 Kadalamma
1962 Snehadeepam Kochu Narayani/Naani
1962 Bhagyajathakam
1962 Kaalpadukal
1962 Bharya
1961 Bhakta Kuchela Kamakshi
1961 Jnaanasundari Kathri
1961 Christmas Rathri Mariya
1959 Nadodikal
1958 Randidagazhi
1957 Minninnathellam Ponnalla
1957 Padatha Painkili Theyi
1957 Deva Sundari
1956 Koodapirappu
1955 Newspaper Boy
1955 Harischandra
1955 Kidappadam
1955 CID
1954 Avan Varunnu
1954 Avakashi Sheelavathi
1954 Balyasakhi Gouri
1953 Sheriyo Thetto
1953 Ponkathir
1952 Vishappinte Vili
1952 Premalekha
1952 Achan

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