A.V. Kuttimalu Amma (1905-1985) began her public life as an active Khadi and Swadeshi worker in 1930. She was born in Anakkara Vadakkathu family of Ponnani Taluq in Malabar, in 1905. Entering public life as a swadeshi and Khadi worker in 1930, Kuttimalu Amma soon became a popular figure. She led groups of women in the picketing of foreign cloth-shops in Kozhikode in the year 1931.
During the Civil-Disobedience Movement, she was arrested and convicted for two years. During the Civil Disobedience Movement, holding her two month old baby in her arms, she led a procession of women, breaking the ban order in Calicut and was arrested and convicted for two years imprisonment. In 1936, she was elected to the Madras Assembly. During Quit India Movement, she was detained for two years in the Presidency jail for women. After her release in 1944, she took up the task of organizing Congress in Malabar and became KPCC President for a term.
She had also served as a member of AICC and the Congress Working Committee. In 1946, she was again elected as a member of Madras Legislative Assembly. She had also been the Director of the Mathrubhumi publications and President of Malabar Hindi Prachar Sabha.