|Muthuvel Karunanidhi Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||June 3, 1924|
|Date of Death||August 7, 2018|
Muthuvel Karunanidhi was an Indian writer and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for almost two decades over 5 terms between 1969 and 2011.
M. Karunanidhi, Kalaignar, Mutthamizh Arignar
He was born on June 3, 1924.
On August 7, 2018, Muthuvel Karunanidhi died due to multiple organ failure (due to age-related illness) at 94 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Kalaignar Karunanidhi Ninaividam in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Thirukuvalai, Madras Presidency, British India (present-day Tamil Nadu, India)
He resided at –
- No. 15, 4th Street Gopalapuram, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- No. 14-I, First Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Muthuvel Karunanidhi studied at a local school and also started taking music lessons at a young age. The music lessons were conducted in temples and he wasn’t allowed to cover his upper body, wear slippers, or wear a cotton cloth around his hips as a sign of respect for the upper caste people. He could not deal with an environment that did not treat him with respect so he stopped attending the lessons. Subsequently, his father asked the local headmaster to set up special tutoring courses for Karunanidhi and paid a tuition fee of milk every morning and evening. Karunanidhi later stated:
“My music lessons were actually my first political studies. I learnt about the oppression of humans based on their caste. I saw the delight with which certain individuals could humiliate others, and the self-righteousness of others in carrying out their customs without realizing that they were mistreating a large majority of the people.”
- Father – Ayyadurai Muthuvel
- Mother – Anjugam
- Siblings – Periyanayaki (Older Sister), Shanmugasundari (Older Sister)
- Others – Udhayanidhi Stalin (Grandson) (Film Producer, Politician, Former Actor), Senthamarai Stalin (Granddaughter), Dayanidhi Azhagiri (Grandson) (Cinema Producer, Distributor), Anjugaselvi (Granddaughter), Kayalvizhi (Granddaughter), Aditya Aravindan (Grandson), Arulnithi (Grandson) (Actor)
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Muthuvel Karunanidhi dated –
- Padmavathi Ammal (1944-1948) – He married his first wife Padmavathi Ammal on September 13, 1944, in a reformist wedding under the Dravidian movement’s Self-Respect form of marriage where the bride and groom exchanged garlands, without a thaali (mangalsutra). The ceremony was performed specifically without Brahmin priests presiding. On January 14, 1948, she gave birth to the couple’s first and only child together – son Muthuvel Karunanidhi Muthu – and died soon after childbirth.
- Dayalu Ammal (1948-2018) – In September 1948, he married Dayalu Ammal in a marriage arranged by his parents. They have 4 children – 3 sons named M. K. Alagiri (b. January 30, 1951), M. K. Stalin (b. March 1, 1953), and M. K. Tamilarasu and a daughter named M. K. Selvi. Alagiri and Stalin branched out as politicians and competed to be their father’s political successors while Tamilarasu went on to become a businessperson and film producer and campaigner for his father and his party and daughter Selvi also campaigned for her father’s elections. Dayalu Ammal died in 2018.
- Rajathi Ammal (1966-2018) – He married Rajathi Ammal in 1966 and they remained together until his death in 2018. Their daughter Kanimozhi Karunanidhi was born on January 5, 1968.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
His trademark dark glasses
Muthuvel Karunanidhi Facts
- During the Anti-Hindi agitation of 1937–40, he formed a student movement against the imposition of Hindi as India’s national language. He was 14 years old at that time.
- He has authored many books including Sanga Thamizh, Thirukkural Urai, Ponnar Sankar, Romapuri Pandian, Thenpandi Singam, Iniyavai Irubathu, and Kuraloviam.
Featured Image by Government of Tamil Nadu / assembly.tn.gov.in / CC BY-SA 4.0