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Age 66
DOB Feb 24, 1948
Place of Birth Mandya district, Mysore, Karnataka
Religion Hindu
Education Qualifications Matriculation
Spouse Name Unmarried
Achievements The International Human Rights Defense Committee awarded her with the Golden Star of Honour and Dignity Award in 2004.

Jayalalitha Jayaram


About Jayalalitha Jayaram

Jayalalitha is an Indian politician who is a member of the party called All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). She is the chief minister of the Tamil Nadu and General Secretary of the party. She was a south film actress and has acted in different south Indian films with different languages like Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. She is the second woman chief minister of Tamil Nadu and was elected as the member of Rajya Sabha in 1984.

Personal life of Jayalalitha Jayaram

Jayalalitha was born in Mysore on 24th February 1948. Her father was a lawyer who died when she was just two year old. Her mother started to work in films after that to support her family. She was a bright student and entered films after completing her schooling from Bishop Cotton Girl’s High School and Sacred Heart Matriculation School. She is a trained classical dancer in Bharata Natyam, Mohiniyattam and Kathak and have performed Bharata Natyam at many places. Her bother expired in 90s.

Professional Life of Jayalalitha

    • Epistle was the first film to be released in English language in 1961.
    • She acted for the first time in a Kannada film called Chinnada Gombe in the year 1964.
    • In the year 1965, she made entry to the Tamil films by acting in the movie Vennira Aadai. She was the first actress to act in short sleeved dress, woolen suits, skirts and gowns.
    • She debuted in Telugu movies in the year 1966.
    • In the year 1972, she acted opposite to Shivaji Ganeshan in a Tamil film called Pattikada Pattanama for which they won national award.
    • In the year 1973 she received three filmfare awards for her performance in the films Pattikada Pattanama, Sri Krishna Satya and Suryakanthi.
    • Her film Deiva Magan where she is pairing opposite to Shivaji Ganeshan was submitted for Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.


Jayalalitha’s Political journey

    • She entered into politics by becoming the member of AIADMK in 1982.
    • In January 1983 she was made the Propaganda Secretary of the party.
    • In 1983, she stood for elections by being a candidate for the by-election from the Tiruchendur Assembly Constituency.
    • She became the Rajya Sabha member for the first time in 1984.
    • Jayalalitha took control of the party during the General Elections in the year 1984 which led to a great victory by the alliance with Congress.
    • In 1989, she became the member of State legislative Assembly from Bodinayakkanur Constituency.
    • She was the first woman member to become the leader of opposition in Legislative Assembly.
    • The General Elections of 1989 seen massive victory in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry with Congress alliance.
    • The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assemby elections held in 1991 saw massive victory after party won 225 seats out of 234 seats.
    • On 24th June 1991, she became the second woman chief minister of Tamil Nadu of youngest age.
    • She won the forty Lok Sabha seats of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the General Elections that were held in 1991 along with her alliance party.
    • In the General Elections that were held in 1998, party won 30 seats out of forty.
    • In 2001 General Elections the party and its alliance won 195 seats out of 234 where the party alone won 132 seats.
    • She became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the second time in May 2001.
    • AIADMK won 60 seats in 2006 Assemby Elections and Jayalalitha became the leader of opposition.
    • In the Legislative Assembly Election 2011, AIADMK and its allies won the election securing 150 seats and she became the chief minister again on 16th May, 2011.


Awards won by Jayalalitha

    • In 1972, she was honoured with the Kalaimamani Award by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
    • In 1991, the University of Madras conferred upon her a degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.)
    • In 1992, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University conferred upon her a degree of Doctor of Science.
    • In 1993, the Madurai Kamaraj University conferred upon her a degree of Doctor of Letters.
    • In 2003, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University gave her a degree of Doctor of Science.
    • In the year 2003, the Bharathidasan University conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris causa)
    • In 2004, to receive the “Woman Politician of the Decade” award for the Asian Guild Awards, she was invited by the House of Lords, London.
    • To recognize her services in protecting the weaker section of society and in the field of gender equality in Tamil Nadu and India, the International Human Rights Defense Committee conferred her with The Golden Star of Honour and Dignity Award was in 2004.
    • In 2011, to appreciate Jayalalitha’s exemplary excellence and dedication as a leader and in service to the people of Tamil Nadu, a resolution was passed by the New Jersey General Assembly.