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M. Karunanidhi Age, Wife, Family, Caste, Death, Biography & More



Full Name (Famed) Muthuvel Karunanidhi
Short / Pet Name Kalaignar, Doctor Kalaignar, The Great Communicator
Real Name Daksinamoorthy
Sex  Male
Profession / Occupation (s) Politician, Writer
Nationality Indian
Did M. Karunanidhi smoke: Not Known
Did M. Karunanidhi drink alcohol: Not Known
Karunanidhi was born into a poor Isai Vellalar family. The Isai Vellalars reportedly depended on temples for their livelihood and traditionally played the Nadaswaram; a double-reed wind instrument.
M Karunanidhi’s Childhood Painting
When he was a school going kid, he developed an interest in drama, poetry, and literature.
He learned his first lessons in politics from his music classes that reflected the caste issues of that era. Though his father wanted him to continue their family’s musical tradition, he wasn’t keen to do so.
At the age of 14, he witnessed a speech by Alagiriswamy of the Justice Party, which inspired him so much that he made up his mind to enter the politics in the coming future.
His political practices started when he became a student activist in Periyar’s Self-Respect Movement, which fought for the rights of the Dravidians. Following it, he founded an organisation called ‘Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram’, which was the first student wing of the Dravidian Movement.
M Karunanidhi In Younger Days
In 1937, he made his political presence felt when he led the “Anti-Hindi” agitations as part of the Dravidian Movement when Hindi was made compulsory in schools. His oratorical skills, essays, newspaper articles, and theatre plays caught the attention of Periyar and his lieutenant C. N. Annadurai, who gave him the opportunity to address public meetings. His first promotion came when he was made the editor of the Dravidar Kazhagam party magazine, ‘Kudiyarasu.’
CN Annadurai (left) And Periyar (right)
After he got failed in 9th standard, he left his studies and resurrected his artistic love by starting his cinema career as a screenwriter and wrote many stories, plays, and novels.
He always considered his newspaper ‘Murasoli’ as his first child that he launched in 1942, which was initially a monthly, and later, became the official newspaper of the DMK.
M Karunanidhi – Murasoli’s 75th Anniversary in 2017
On the personal front, he got married to Padmavathi in the early 1940s, however, she died in 1944. Four years later, he got remarried to Dayalu Ammal from whom he had 3 sons M. K. Alagiri, M. K. Stalin, Thamizharasu and a daughter Selvi. He also had a daughter, Kanimozhi, from his partner Rajathi Ammal.
M Karunanidhi Wives (Clockwise – From Left) Padmavathi, Dayalu, Rajathi
Alongside finding his feet in politics, he started writing scripts for Tamil films at the age of 20. He got the much-needed fame in 1947 for ‘Rajakumari’ that gave him a boost, and the number just got increasing and reached the 75th mark. As a scriptwriter, he used to earn more than ?10,000 a month in the late 1940s. He also wrote the script of ‘Parashakti’ (1952), the debut movie of Sivaji Ganeshan.

Salary / Earnings:

Salary (approx.)
?37 lakh/year (as in 2011)
Net Worth (approx.)
?45 crore (as in 2014)

Movable & Immovable Assets:

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Personal Details:

Age, Date of Birth (DOB), Birth Place

Date of Birth 3-Jun-24
Birthplace Thirukuvalai, Tanjore District, Madras Presidency, British India
Date of Death 7-Aug-18
Place of Death Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Age (at the time of death) 94 Years
Death Cause Chronic Illness (Urinary Tract Infection)
Burial Site Marina Beach


Family Details

Father Muthuvelar Karunanidhi
Mother Anjugam Karunanidhi
Sisters–  Shanmugasundarath Ammal, Periyanayagam

Religion & Caste Details

Religion Atheism (Born – Hinduism)
Caste/Community Isai Vellalar

Schooling, College, Qualification

Board High School, Tiruvarur
College/University N/A
Educational Qualification 8th Standard

Home Town, Address

Hometown Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Address No. 15, 4th Street, Gopalapuram, Chennai

Personality and Appearance

Height (approx.) in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White (Semi-bald)

Favourites and Preferences

Favourite Food(s)
Rice Upma Sprinkled With Ghee, Seafood
Favourite Cricketer(s)
Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni
Favourite Actor
M. G. Ramachandran
Favourite Poet Thiruvalluvar
Favourite Colour White

Love / Marital status, Affairs

Relationship Status Married
Girlfriends / Affairs Rajathi Ammal
Spouse/Wife/Husband Rajathi Ammal
Kids 6
Kids Details Sons– M. K. Alagiri (Politician, From Dayalu), M.K Stalin (Politician, From Dayalu), M. K. Tamilarasu (Producer, From Dayalu)
M. K. Muthu (From Padmavathi)Daughters– Selvi Geetha Kovilam (From Dayalu), Kanimozhi (From Rajathi, Politician)

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