A V Kuttimalu Amma was born in Anakkara Vadakkathu family of Ponnani Taluq in Malabar, in 1905. She was a courageous freedom fighter and a prominent leader. Her husband was the former KPCC President and Minister in Madras state, K. Madhava Menon.
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. When she was restricted from taking her two month old baby with her to prison, she argued effectively quoting the law, and succeeded in carrying the child with her. She was again locked up in the Presidency jail during the Quit India Movement.
In 1944 she became the president of KPCC and took up the task of organizing Congress in Malabar. She served as a member of AICC and congress working committee. She also worked as the Director of Mathrubhumi for some time. She passed away in 1986.