Adoor Pankajam

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Adoor Pankajam
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Born1929
Adoor, Travancore
Died26 June 2010
Adoor, Kerala, India
OccupationActress
Years active1937–1996
SpouseDamodharan Potti
ChildrenAjayan
Parent(s)K. Raman Pilla, Kunjukunjamma

Adoor Pankajam (1929 – 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]

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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 at the age of 81 on 26 June 2010.

Personal life

Adoor Pankajam was born to Adoor Paarappurathu Kunjuraman Pillai and Kunjoonjamma in 1925 and was the second child of 8 children. [1] 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 Pandalam Krishnapillai Bhagavathar till the age of 11. By this time, she had 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 on 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 married him. Potti later started another troupe called Parthasarathy Theaters and during her tenure with this troupe, she got an invitation to act in movies.

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

Career

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 the Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress for her performance in the movie Sabarimala Ayyappan.

Filmography

YearTitleRole
2014TharangalArchive footage
2006Ammathottil
2004Snehapoorvam
2003 Margam
2002 Adheena
2002 Kunjikoonan
2001 Snehapoorvam Anna
2001 Soothradaran Rameshan's grandmother
1998 Kudumba Vaarthakal Meera's mother
1998 Thattakam Meenakshi Thalla
1997Adukkala Rahasyam Angadi PattuKarimeli
1996 Harbour Plamena Ammachi
1996Mayoora NrithamBhavaniyamma
1995Three Men ArmyIndira Devi's mother
1995 Achan Rajavu Appan Jethavu Mariyamma
1995 Thumbolikadappuram Kakkamma
1995 Kathapurushan
1995 Arabikadaloram Hassan's mother
1995 Alanchery Thambrakkal Kettilamma
1995 Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka Kusumavalli
1993Varam Tharum Vadivelan Tamil film Devi
1992 Aham Mariyamma
1992 Kudumbasammetham
1991 Perumthachan Unnimya Valiyamma
1991 Maydinam Mariya
1991 Neelagiri Muthiyamma
1990 Aye Auto Pankachi
1990 Lal Salam
1989 Swagatham Mrs.Pillai
1989 Najangalude Kochu Doctor
1989 Aattinakkare
1988 Kandathum Kettathum
1988 Oohakkachavadam
1987 Anantharam Lakshmi Amma
1981 Arikkari Ammu
1981 Vaadaka Veettile Athidhi
1980 Palattu Kunjikannan
1980 Ammayum Makalum Brahannala
1980 Theekadal Karthyayani
1979 Rajaveedhi
1979 Edavazhiyile Poocha Minda Poocha Kunjikkaliyamma
1978 Chakrayudam
1978 Kadathanattu Makkam
1978Aaru Mankikkoor
1978Padakuthira
1978 Vadakakkoru Hridayam Karthyayani
1977 Choondakkari
1977Kodiyettam
1977Kannappanunni
1977 Achaaram Ammini Osharam Omana Kalyani
1976 Chennay Valarthiya Kutti Padmakshi
1976Mallanum Mathevanum
1976 Yakshaganam Naaniyamma
1975 Neela Ponman Akkomma
1975Neela Sari
1975Nathoon
1975Ma Nishada
1975Dharma Kshethra Kurukshethra
1975Priyamulla Sophia
1975 Swarnamalsyam
1975CheenvalaKarthyayani
1974 Vandikkari
1974Devi Kanyakumari
1974Youvanam
1974 Durga Yashodha
1974 Thumbolarcha Ponni
1973 Rakkuyil Madhavi
1973 Swargaputhri Mariyakutty
1973 Ponnapuram Kotta Kochukumma
1973 Thenaruvi Kotha
1973Pavangal Pennungal
1973YaaminiDakshyayani
1973 Panitheeratha Veedu Rosi
1973 Chayam
1973 Thottavadi Kamalamma
1973Enipadikal
1972 Adyathe Kadha
1972AromalunniNanipennu
1972 Prathikaram Kamalam
1972 Postmane Kananilla
1972 Gandharavakshetram Lilly
1972 Oru Sundariyude Kadha Paachiyakka
1972 Sree Guruvayoorappan
1971 Lora Nee Evide
1971Bobanum Moliyum
1971 Karakanakadal Thoma's mother
1971 Panchavan Kaadu Nangeli
1971 Agnimrigam Karthyayini
1970 Dathuputhran Achamma
1970 Othenante Makan Uppatti
1970 Thara Hostel warden
1970 Ningalenne Communistakki Kamalamma
1970 Pearl View Rathi Madhavan
1969 Urangatha Sundari Madhavi
1969SusiAchamma
1969 Koottukudumbam Shankari
1969 Jwala Panki
1969 Kumara Sambhavam Vasumathi
1968 Punnapra Vayalar PK Vilasiniyamma
1968 Kodugalooramma Konkimaami
1968 Ragini
1968ThirichadiAmmukutti
1967 Mainatharuvi Kolacase Orotha
1967 Kavalam Chundan
1967 Olathumathi
1966 Jail Shankari
1966ChemmeenNalla Pennu
1965 Thommante Makkal Marykutty's mother
1965 Muthalali
1965 Kadathukaran Naaniyamma
1965 Inapravukal Mariya
1965 Devatha Pankajakshiyamma
1965 Odayil Ninnu Sara
1965 Kochumon Maathu
1965KattuthulasiKamalamma
1965 Kattuppokkal Sharada
1965Shakunthala
1964 Adyakiranagal Kunjeli
1964AyishaBeeyathu
1964 Atom Bomb Kalyanikutty
1964 Omanakuttan Pankajakshi
1964 Karutha Kai Maheswari
1964 Manavatti Kalyani
1964 Anna
1964 Bharthavu Seetha
1964 Kalaju Kittiya Thankam Pankajam
1963 Chilamboli Parijatham
1963 Snapaka Yohannan Rahael
1963SathyabhamaHarini
1963 Doctor Thankamma
1963 Kalayum Kaminiyum Panki
1963 Kadalamma Kaliyamma
1963Nithya Kanyaka
1963Susheela
1962 Snehadeepam Kochu Narayani/Naani
1962 Bhagyajathakam Servant
1962 Kaalpadukal
1962Kannum KaralumParukuttiyamma
1962 Bharya Rahel
1962 Sreerama Pattabhishekam Mandara
1961 Bhakta Kuchela Kamakshi
1961JnaanasundariKathri
1961 Christmas Rathri Mariya
1961Sabarimala AyyappanParvathi
1959 Nadodikal Janu
1959Chathurangam
1958 Randidangazhi (film)
1957 Minnunnathellam Ponnalla Kalyani
1957 Padatha Painkili Theyi
1957 Deva Sundari
1956 Koodapirappu
1956ManthravadiMayavathi
1956Avar UnnarunnuNani
1955 Newspaper Boy Lakshmi Amma
1955 Harischandra Kalakanta's wife
1955 Kidappadam Rishakkaran's wife
1955 CID Panki
1954 Avan Varunnu Madhaviyamma
1954 Avakashi Sheelavathi
1954 Balyasakhi Gouri
1953 Sheriyo Thetto Paru
1953 Ponkathir Janu
1952 Vishappinte Vili Madhavi
1952 Premalekha Devaki
1952 Achan Pankajam

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