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.
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