Iron Lady of Tamil nadu

The two iconic politicians of the last era were M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. The late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was born in Melukote, Mandya district of Mysore on February 24. Her wisdom and knowledge had exponentially risen through her practise and experience right from her education.

Jayalalithaa’s Educational Background:

  • In Bangalore, she attended Bishop Cotton Girls’ School
  • She later shifted to Chennai and studied in Church Park Presentation Convent, then known as Sacred Heart Matriculation School.
  • She excelled in academics and was offered government scholarship to study further
  • She secured a gold medal in her 10th standard
  • She was offered a seat in Stella Maris College, but declined it.

Jayalalithaa’s Career Graph

Acting Career

  • Jayalalithaa’s interest in extra curricular activities was supported by her mother Sandhya, who was an actress.
  • She learnt classical music, western classical piano, and various forms of classical dance, including Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Manipuri and Kathak.
  • She played many stage plays and was appreciated my the then veteran artists like Shivaji Ganesan and Y G Parthasarathy.
  • During one of the film shootings of Jayalalithaa’s mother Sandhya, Kannada film-maker B. R. Panthulu requested Sandhya to star Jayalalithaa against Kalyankumar in movie Chinnada Gombe. After much thought, she accepted the offer and made her daughter act.
  • In 1965, she was cast as the lead role in the movie ‘Vennira Aadai’
  • She made her debut in Telugu film Manushulu Mamathalu
  • In 1968, she acted in a Hindi film called Izzat.
  • Between 1965 and 1973, she acted in various films with the then Superstar Actor M G Ramachandran
  • In 1971, she won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress after a series of hit movies in Tamil

Political Career

  • M G R, who was the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu in 1977 was instrumental in enrolling Jayalalithaa in the party. She joined AIADMK in 1982.
  • In 1983, she became the Propaganda Secretary of AIADMK
  • From 1984 to 1989, she was a Rajya Sabha member
  • In 1987, MGR deceased due to stroke. AIADMK split into two factions, one under MGR’s wife Janaki and another under Jayalalithaa. Janaki was crowned as the CM, however, she could not handle the duties and President rule took place.
  • The party later re-united under Jayalalithaa’s leadership and she became the leader of opposition in 1989.
  • In 1991, for the first time she became Chief Minister of Tamilnadu.
  • She was five times elected as the CM.
  • On 4 December, she passed away due to a cardiac arrest.

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