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

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

M. Karunanidhi full name Muthuvel Karunanidhi was an Indian writer and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadufor five terms and twenty years between 1969 and 2011.M. Karunanidhi born on June 3,1924 and died on August 7 2018. Karunanidhi dies at the age of 94. Karunanidhi died on 7 August 2018 at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after prolonged, age-related illness.He was popularly referred to as Kalaignar in Tamil Nadu by his supporters.

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M. Karunanidhi Biography/Wikis

Real Name Muthuvel Karunanidhi
Nickname Kalaignar
Profession Indian Politician 
Died at Age 94 Years
Date of Birth June 3 1924
Date of Death  August 7,2018
Birthplace Thirukuvalai, Tanjore district, Madras
Nationality Indian
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Hometown Thirukuvalai, Tanjore district, Madras
Death Cause Chronic Illness & Multiple Organ dysfunction
Twitter Handle https://twitter.com/anilkapoor
Caste Hinduism
Educational Qualification Not Known
Schools/College  Not Known
Religion Atheism
Political Party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK)

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) PARTY

M. Karunanidhi Physical Stats

Height(approx) In Centimeters 168 cm

In Meters  1.68 m

In Inches    5’ 6”

Weight(approx) In Pound 192 lbs

In Kilogram 87 kg

Eye Color Black
Hair Color Semi Bald
Shoe Size 10 Inches

M. Karunanidhi Family & Relatives

Father Muthuvelu Karunanidhi
Mother Anjugam Karunanidhi
Brother Not Known
Sister Not Known
Wife   Padmavathi

Dayalu Amma

Karunanidhi wife

Rajathi Ammal

Karunanidhi wife



 M. K. Muthu from first wife

M. K. Alagiri , M. K. Stalinand ,M. K. Tamilarasu, and a daughter, M. K. Selvi from second wife

Kanimozhi from his third wife

Address No. 15, 4th Street, Gopalapuram, Chennai-600 086. 044-28115225


M. Karunanidhi Controversies

Sarkaria Commission accused Karunanidhi of his involvement in corruption in the allotment of tenders for Veeranam project, for which his government was dismissed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

In 2001, Karunanidhi, along with former Chief Secretary K.A. Nambiar, was arrested based on charges of corruption in the construction of flyovers in Chennai. He and his party members were charged under several sections of the IPC. However, no rigid evidence was found against them.

In 2012, while celebrating the party founding day, Karunanidhi and party workers were received by a group of people who were dressed portraying some of the Hindu gods.

He once made a controversial remark against Sethusamudram controversy, questioning the existence of God and asking about the college from where Lord Rama graduated in Engineering for building the Ramar Sethu bridge.

He had been accused of having links with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a militant group to create an independent state of Tamil Eelam in the north and east of Sri Lanka for Tamil people and encouraging them to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi. However, the final report had no such allegations on him.

M.Karunanidhi Political Career

Karunanidhi entered into politics at the age of 14, got inspired by a speech given by Alagiriswamii of the Justice Party, and participated in Anti-Hindi agitations.

He founded then local organization for youth and distributed handwritten newspaper (Manavar Nesan) to its members.

He involved himself in social works and  he started a newspaper for its members, which grew into Murasoli, the DMK party’s official newspaper.

Karunanidhi gained major position in Tamil politics was his involvement in the Kallakudi agitation in Kallakudi.

At the age of 33, Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly by winning the Kulithalai seat in the 1957 election.

He became the DMK treasurer in 1961 and deputy leader of opposition in the state assembly in the year 1962 and  in 1967 when DMK came in Power , he became the Minister for Public Works.

 Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the first leader of DMK,when Annadurai expired in 1969.

During the Emergency Period in 1971 DMK was the only ruling party that opposed the emergency for which his government was summarily dismissed by Indira Gandhi’s government.

Karunanidhi one time friend  M. G. Ramachandran floated his AIADMK party, and DMK suffered multiple electoral defeat , untill M.G. Ramachandran death in 1987.

After a brief stint as Chief Minister during the late 1980s after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Karunanidhi became the CM of Tamil Nadu in 1996.

Following a 5-year rule, his party again lost at the elections to J. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK in 2001.

He was back as chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 13 May 2006,after his coalition defeated his main opponent J. Jayalalithaa in the May 2006 elections. 

He was currently represents the constituency of Tiruvarur in the Tamil Nadu state Legislative Assembly.

M. Karunanidhi Money Factors

Salary Not Known
Net Worth (approx) Rs 11,94,37,427 (in 2016)

Lesser Known Fact about M. Karunanidhi

Tamil Film Industry- Rajkumari was the first film in which he wrote the script in 1947 for which he gained fabulous popularity

Politics-Karunanidhi entered into politics at the age of 14, got inspired by a speech given by Alagiriswamii of the Justice Party, and participated in Anti-Hindi agitations

He wrote many books which include Sanga Thamizh, Thirukkural Urai, Ponnar Sankar, Romapuri Pandian, Thenpandi Singam, Vellikizhamai, Nenjukku Needhi, Iniyavai Irubathu and Kuraloviam. His books of prose and poetry number more than 100.

 At Kanyakumari, Karunanidhi constructed a 133-foot-high statue of Thiruvalluvar in honour of the scholar.

He wrote the song “Semmozhiyaana Tamizh Mozhiyaam”, the official theme song for the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010, and for that tone was set by  A. R. Rahman.

Karunanidhi Death

Karunanidhi was in poor health from October 2016,On 28 July 2018, Karunanidhi’s health deteriorated and became “extremely critical and unstable”, and he was admitted at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai for treatment.He died there at 6:10 p.m. on 7 August 2018 due to age-related illness, which led to multiple organ failure. The national mourning on 8 August 2018 was announced by the government of India.

Awards & Honours of M. Karunanidhi

Year Award
1971 Annamalai University awarded him an honorary doctorate
“Raja Rajan Award” by Tamil University, Thanjavur for his book Thenpandi Singam
2006 Madurai Kamaraj University awarded honorary doctorate on the occasion of the 40th annual convocation

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Dayalu Ammal is seen serving food to M Karunanidhi

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