Born on 24th March Pooja always dreamt of being a Dancer. Because of her father working in Gandhinagar Gujarat, her choice of selection of Dance Form was limited. Started studying KATHAK under the able guidance of Mukesh Joshi, who is a disciple of great Kathak Exponent Kumudini Lakhia. After 12th the family shifted to Kerala and she joined in Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit for B A Mohiniyattam and then to post graduation from Kerala Kalamandalam.
Again a post graduation in Bharathanatyam from Bharathidasan University, Trichy.
Her mother Vilasini Poduvalasiar hails from Painkulam, a hamlet on the banks of Nila and a village inhabited by great exponents of Chakyar Koothu and many other temple art forms. Her father N.K. Vijayan, from Kiralur , village better known as the home of Madampu Kunjukuttan