|Real Name||Muthuvel Karunanidhi (born Daksinamoorthy)|
|Nickname||Kalaignar, M. Karunanidhi|
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
|Political Party||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)|
|Political Career/Journey||• Karunanidhi entered politics at just 14 and participated in Anti-Hindu
agitations and then founded an organization for the local youth. He then
circulated *Manavar Nesan*, a handwritten newspaper to its members.
• He later found Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram, the first student wing
of Dravidan Movement.
• In 1957, he was elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly for the first time
from the Kulithalai constituency of Thiruchirapalli district representing
• He became party treasurer in 1961.
• Karunanidhi was made the minister for public works in 1967 when DMK was
elected to the power in the state.
• Annadurai's death in 1969 earned him the post of party leader and became
the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He has since then maintained his post.
|Biggest Rival||Jayalalithaa Jayaram|
|Height (approx.)||5 Feet 6 Inches|
|Weight (approx.)||87 kg|
|Hair Colour||Semi-Bald (White)|
|Date of Birth||3 June 1924|
|Birthplace||Thirukuvalai, Tanjore District, Madras Presidency, British India|
|Date of Death||7 August 2018|
|Place of Death||Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Age (at the time of death)||94 Years|
|Death Cause||Chronic Illness (Urinary Tract Infection)|
|Hometown||Madras, Tamil Nadu India|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Movie Debut||*Tamil Film Industry*- *Rajakumari* was the first film for which he wrote
the script back in 1947 which gained him popularity he needed to continue
in the field.
|Political Debut||He was inspired by the speech of Alagiriswamii of the Justice Party and jumped to the politics at just 14 and participated in Anti-Hindu agitations.|
|Awards||Annamalai University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1971.
He was awarded "Raja Rajan Award" by Tamil University, Thanjavur for his book Thenpandi Singam.
On 15 December 2006, the Governor of Tamil Nadu and the Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University, Surjit Singh Barnala conferred an honorary doctorate on the Chief Minister on the occasion of the 40th annual convocation.
In June 2007, the Tamil Nadu Muslim Makkal Katchi announced that it would confer the title "Friend of the Muslim Community" (Yaaran-E-Millath) upon M. Karunanidhi.
|Children||*Son*- M. K. Muthu (Indian Actor, Singer, and Politician)
M. K. Alagiri (Indian Politician)
M. K. Stalin (Indian Politician)
M. K. Tamilarasu (Film Producer)
Kanimozhi (Rajya Sabha MP)
|Net Worth (approx.)||INR 11,94,37,427 (as of 2016)|