King Ponnada Kesa, a great warrior and his nephew (sister’s son) Kurmendra are mentioned in a record at Sarpavaram dated A.D. 1502. The parents of Kurmendra were Udumayya and Erramba. The Telugu portion of the record mentions Kesa as Kesaya Mahapatra and Karma as Kurmaya mahapatra. Devamahapatra was the elder brother of Kurmaya. Kesaya is compared with Dharmaraja and Arjuna. Kurmaya made grants for the merit, of his parents and brother.
The Ponnada Chieftains are not heard of from any other Records. A Ponnada Paddiraju wrote Pradyunna Chantra in Telugn Whether he had any relationship to the above chiefs is not known.