Nanjiyamma was born on 1st January 1960 in Nakkupathi, Attappadi Reserve in Palakkad, Kerala. She is a farmer by profession and also a folksinger. Nanjiyamma had been the main singer in Azad Kala Samithi by a tribal artist, Pazhani Swami. Nanjiyamma led her life with cattle feeding and farming. Sindhu Sajan, a school teacher and theater activist, made her sing Aggedu Nayaga in a documentary movie, Mathrumozhi. Nanjiyamma writes lyrics in the Irula language and the Kerala Government had used it for a housing program. It is the first time, Irula language is used in Kerala to promote a government program.
Nanjiyamma turned popular after singing the title track, Kalakkatha from
, directed by Sachy featuring
in the lead roles. The film has the music composition by
. It is exciting to hear that the lyric of Kalakkatha was written by the singer herself. When the song got released on YouTube, the audience received it well and it got more than 10 million views within a month. She also sang a couple of songs, Adakachakko and Thaalam Poyi, for the film.
Although she turned popular with Ayyappanum Koshiyum, her debut happened in the year 2015 with the movie Velutha Rathrikal directed by Razi Muhammed. Nanjamma sang two solo songs, Hey Vannathi and Mallike and Hey Karadi and Muttolam Mundudutha, with Smitha Ambu and . She had also crooned in the movies, Mmmmm and Vava. Besides singing the songs in movies, she had also played in Ayyappanum Koshiyum in a small role and a music video Chunkan as herself. She will also be seen in the film, “Mmmm.”
Nanjiyamma is a popular household name and she has appeared in TV shows as a guest and presenter. Nanjiyamma appeared in the title song of
telecasted on Zee Keralam. In a special program,
Madhura Pathinettil Prithvi
on Surya TV, she shared her experiences in Ayyappanum Koshiyum. She also hosted an episode of Ruchiyathra on 22nd November 2020 on Surya TV. Nanjiyamma had appeared as a guest in the shows
Ningalkkum Aakaam Kodeeshwaran
on Mazhavil Manorama, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Keralam on Zee Keralam and Top Singer on Flowers TV.