Mavelikkara Ponnamma

Mavelikkara Ponnamma (died 6 September 1995) was an Indian actress in Malayalam movies.[1] She was one of the prominent supporting actress in late 1970s and 1990s in Malayalam movies. She is noted for her performance in Ulladakkam (1991), Aakasha Kottayile Sultan (1991) and Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992).

Mavelikkara Ponnamma
Died6 September 1995
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1940–1995
Spouse(s)Raghava Panicker
ChildrenSushama Padmanabhan

Personal lifeEdit

She belongs to the Mavelikkara Palace clan in Mavelikkara, Kerala. She was married to Raghava Panicker. The couple had a daughter, Sushama Padmanabhan.[2]


She was a government school teacher by profession, but her life was drama and films. She was one of the foremost females to start acting on stage in the 1940s when female roles were done on stage by men. She had acted in more than 500 stage dramas with renowned troupes like KPAC and Kalanilayam. She had acted with all of the top artistes of her time like Sebastian kunju kunju bhagavathar, Augustine joseph ( Singer Yesudas's father) T. N. Gopinathan Nair, Thoppil Bhasi, O Madhavan ( Actor Mukesh's father) etc.

She started acting in films in 1963 in the Udaya movies film Kadalamma in which she was the heroine and Sathyan was the hero. She acted in few other films during those days like Oru Sundariyude Katha with Prem Nazir and Jayabharathi and few other films. However, since her job as a teacher didn't allow her to take long leaves and those days since most of the films were being shot in Madras, she discontinued acting till she retired from government service.

She returned to big screen in 1989 with the K P Kumaran directed Award-winning movie Rugmini which had the story by Madhavikutty. Later she starred in movies like Jayaraj's Akasakottayile Sultan- with Srinivasan, Kamal's Ennodishtam Koodamo- with Mukesh, Madhubhala, Kamal's Ulladakkam with Mohanlal, Shobhana etc., Siby Malayil's Lohithadas scripted Valayam with Murali, Manoj K Jayan etc., T.V Chandrans’ Ponthan Mada with Mammootty, Sasinas based on Vaikom Muhammad Basheer's life story with Asokhan, Kidilol Kidilam with Narendra Prasad, Rajan P Dev and Rekha, Thalamura with Narendra Prasad, Madhu and Anju, Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu with Urvashi, Ratheesh, Vinayaprasad, Sathyan Anthikkad's Samooham with Suresh Gopi, Suhasini Manirathnam etc.[3]

She was the recipient of the Kendra Sahithya Academy Awards and many other noted awards.[4]

She died on 6 September 1995 at the Sree Uthradom thirunal hospital due to heart attack.

Partial filmographyEdit

As an actressEdit

As a playback singerEdit

  • Priyachandra Mamachandran as Jnaanaambika (1940)
  • Manojnam as Jnaanaambika (1940)
  • Maayaarasitham as Jnaanaambika (1940)
  • Jeevitheshane as Jnaanaambika (1940)

Television careerEdit

  • Oru Poo Viriyunnu
  • Lambo {telefilm}


  1. ^ "Mavelikkara Ponnamma - Movies, Photos, Filmography, Biography, Wallpapers, Videos, Fan Club". Retrieved 26 July 2014.
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  3. ^ Shevlin Sebastian / ENS (11 August 2012). "Music is the food of life". Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Music is the food of life - IBNLive". Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.

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