is a Malayalam
film actress. She won the Kerala
State Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1994 for various roles.
Ponnamma was born in Kaviyoor
village, near Tiruvalla
to a conservative upper class family. She had to face many hardships from the conservative hindu society in kaviyoor during her initial life as they were opposed to women from hindu families taking up acting as a career. She has mainly acted as a mother figure to most of the malayalam
actors. She is sometimes referred to as "Mohanlal's Mother" because she has acted as his mother in a great amount of movies. The mother-son role of Mohanlal
-Ponnamma has been accepted well by the audience.<blockquote>We do not feel that we are acting and we do not plan. Reactions come spontaneously.
The name Kaviyoor Ponnamma brings to the mind of everyone a comforting mother, dressed mostly in white saree. Few in this generation know that she has in fact acted as the mother of Satyan and Madhu
, many decades back. The movie was `Thommande Makkal'. Although younger to Thilakan
, she had acted as Thilakan
's mother in the movie `Periyar'.The actress says about Ponnamma-Thilakan
combination:-<blockquote>People used to love our combination and I used to get many letters appreciating the roles
</blockquote>.She has acted with Prem Nazir
, Raghavan, Mammootty
, Suresh Gopi