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Karunanidhi M

Karunanidhi M


Born in Thirukkuvalai, a small village in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi started involving in politics at his 14th age by getting fully engaged in social movements. He was behind various protests against Hindi language in Tamil Nadu. He started a newspaper that ultimately became his political party's official newspaper, Murasoli. Besides being a fulltime politician, Karunanidhi was also concentrating on Tamil cinema, and propagating his ideas on Dravidian ideology through various films as a scriptwriter. His first film was Rajakumari (1947), and the last one was Ponnar Shankar (2011). Karunanidhi had also written over 100 books of prose and poetry including Thirukkural Urai, Sanga Thamizh, Kuraloviam, Thenpandi Singam, and Romapuri Pandian. He had also staged various plays that include Thooku Medai, Manimagudam, and Naane Arivali. Karunanidhi built a 133-foot Thiruvalluvar statue in one of the rocks at Kanyakumari. Due to age-related illness that led to failure of multiple organs, Karunanidhi died on 07-Aug-2018 at the age of 94.

Personal Life

Full Name Karunanidhi M
Date of Birth 03 Jun 1924
Date of Death 07 Aug 2018 (Age 94)
Place of Birth Thirukkuvalai, near Thiruvarur, India
Party name Dravida Munetra Kazhagam
Education 8th Pass
Profession Writer, Politician
Father's Name Muthuvelu
Mother's Name Anjugam
Spouse's Name 1) Padmavathi, 2) Dayalu Ammal, 3) Rajathi Ammal
Spouse's Profession Housewives
No of Sons 4
No of Daughters 2


Permanent address NO:15 4TH STREET, GOPALAPURAM,CHENNAI-600086
Present address NO:15 4TH STREET GOPALAPURAM,CHENNAI-600086
Contact number 044-28115225
Social Handles

Interesting Facts

Rather than studying in school, Karunanidhi was more interested and active in music, writing, and activism. He dropped out after failing three times in the final year of his schooling. Karunanidhi married three time. The names of his wives are Padmavathi, Dayalu Ammal, and Rajathi Ammal. Muthu was Karunanidhi's first son who was born for Padmavathi. Karunanidhi with Dayalu Ammal had three sons - Alagiri, Stalin, and Tamilarasu - and a daughter, Selvi. With Rajathi Ammal, Karunanidhi had a daughter, Kanimozhi. Karunanidhi grew as a successful screenwriter and as a popular politician through his wit and oratorical skills.

Political Timeline

  • 2006
    Karunanidhi took oath as Tamil Nadu's chief minister for the fifth time.
  • 1996
    Karunanidhi became chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time.
  • 1989
    For the third time, Karunanidhi became chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
  • 1971
    Karunanidhi assumed charge as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the second time.
  • 1969
    "Karunanidhi became Tamil Nadu's chief minister for the first time. He also became the president of DMK."
  • 1967
    Karunanidhi was given a minister position in Tamil Nadu government's Public Works Department.
  • 1962
    Karunanidhi became deputy leader of opposition in Tamil Nadu assembly.
  • 1961
    Karunanidhi was appointed as the treasurer of DMK.
  • 1957
    Karunanidhi entered Tamil Nadu assembly from Kulithalai constituency.

Early Life

  • 1924
    Karunanidhi's birth name was Dakshinamurthy. His initial schooling was at Thirukuvalai and later at Thiruvarur. As a teenager, Karunanidhi was captivated as political writings of various Tamil leaders. He started a magazine called Manava Nesan that was deliberately changed as Murasoli daily newspaper.
Net Worth51.05 CRORE
Liabilities11.94 CRORE

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