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|Pen names||Mu.ka., Muukaji, Muuna Kaana, Maravan, Cheran, Karikalan|
|Date of Birth||June 3, 1924|
|Birth Place||Thirukkuvalai near Tiruvarur|
|Profession||Politician, Orator, Administrator, Play-Wright, Editor, Publisher, Author|
|Wives||*Padmavathy Ammayyar (Sister of famous playback singer C.S. Jayaraman)
|Children||Sons: Mu. ka Muthu, Mu.Ka.Azhagiri, Mu.Ka.Stalin, Mu.Ka. Tamilarasu
|Famous members of his family||Nephew: Late Murasoli Maran
Grand Nephews: Dayanidhi maran, Kalanidhi Maran
|First inspiration||The great orator Alagiriswami, a pillar of the then Justice Party, who came to Thiruvarur to address a meeting in 1932. He was only 14 years at that time.|
|Interest in ‘dravida philosophy’||In 5th form when he read a book called ‘ Panagal arasar’|
|Teen years||* Was drawn into politics
* Gathered all the students of the locality, and formed them into a reformist association of youth. The Sangam as it was termed, provided a forum for the boys to train themselves in the arts of speaking and writing.
* Participated in the Hindi opposition movement when he was only 14 years old.
* Circulated a hand written magazine called ‘Manavar Nesan’ which ran to 8 pages and was circulated to 50 members. Only the cost of the paper was collected.
*Started ‘Tamil Nadu Thamizh Maanavar mandram’.
|Murasoli||It was under the auspices of the “Tamil Nadu Thamizh Maanavar mandram’. that the now popular newspaper ‘Murasoli’ was born.|
|Meetings|| Arignar Anna: Anna wanted to meet him after reading his article in “Dravida Nadu”. The first meeting impressed Annadurai very much.
Periyar: During a political meeting in Pondicherry
MGR: During the filming of the film Rajakumari.
|Turning points in his life and career||The film ‘Parasakthi” and in the political protest to change the name of Dalmiapuram to Kallakudi.|
|Period in Jail||He used to read and write extensively during his prison time|
|About languages||“Hindi is like ‘carrier food’ from the hotel; English is the food made by cook according to one’s instructions; and Tamil, food from the mother who knows the family’s needs and preferences, and feeds them accordingly”|
|Gift||Arignar Anna presented him a gold ring for his political prophecy.|
|Never lost||An election in his long political career spanning over 60 years.|
|Resigned||his post of Member of Legislative Assembly during 1983 for the sake of Sri Lankan Tamils.|
|Foreign Travels||European Countries, Britain, France, West Germany, Rome, U.S.A., Malaysia and Singapore.|
|“Nenjukku Needhi,”||His autobiography|
|Books authored by him||Romapuri Pandian, Thenpandi Singam, Vellikizhamai, Nenjukku Needhi, Eniyavai Erbathu, Sanga Thamizh, Kuraloviam, Ponnar-Sankar, Thirukkural Urai and many books in prose and poetry numbering more than 100.|
|Famous Stage plays||Manimagudam, Ore Ratham, Palaniappan, Thooku Medai, Kagithapoo, Naane Arivali, Vellikizhamai, Udhayasooriyan, Silapathikarum|
|Popular screen plays||Rajakumari, Abhimanyu, Mandiri Kumari, Marutha Naattu Ilavarasi, Manamagan, Devaki, Parasakthi, Panam, Thirumbipaar, Naam, Manohara, Ammaiappan, Malai Kallan, Rangoon Radha, Raja Rani, Puthaiyal, Pudhumai Pithan, Ellorum Innattu Mannar, Kuravanchi, Thayillapillai, Kanchi Thalaivan, Poompuhar, Poomalai, Mani Makudam, Marakka Mudiyuma? Avan Pithana? Pookkari, Needhikku Thandanai, Paalaivana Rojakkal, Pasa Paravaikal, Padadha Theneekkal, Niyaya Tharasu|
|World Tamil Confrence||Delivered special address on the inaugural day of III World Tamil Conference held in Paris in the year 1970 and on the inaugural day of VI World Tamil Conference held in Kualalampur (Malaysia) in the year 1987.|
|Movie production||Owns Poompuhar Productions, Mekala pictures|
|Awards||*Annamalai University conferred on him the title of “Doctorate” in 1971.
*The Council of Doctor of Philosophy made him “Tamizha vel”
*Awarded “Raja Rajan Award” by Tamil University, Thanjavur for his book “Thenpandi Singam”.
|favourite sports||Cricket and Badminton|
|Famous buildings built during his tenure as CM||
|Hobbies||Reading , Writing and literary discussions|
|Worst moment||Arrested in a post-midnight raid from his Chennai residence on June 29-30, by the then Jayalalitha Government.|
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|Address||8, IV street, Gopalapuram, Chennai- 600 086|
|Quotes||“Art without an ideal is like a house without roofing”|