Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi
3 June 1924 – 7 August 2018
The past week in Chennai was pretty much dedicated to the failing health and passing away of the DMK stalwart revered by the title ‘Kalaignar’ meaning artist. But he was so much more than that as well. He was the ever-ruling DMK party chief and 5-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He has contributed richly to Thamizh writings. Poems, letters, screenplays and more in Thamizh, were his forte.
In his youth, he was a noteworthy screen writer in Thamizh Cinema with his major hits being the movies: Parasakthi, Manohara and Malaikkallan.
A rich life, he held his own against many obstacles and has seen so many Prime Minister during his enviable political career.
Last Wednesday was when Tamilnadu was plunged into mourning when he passed away after an illness.
Indeed the streets of Chennai were deserted following his demise, after his faithful party people, admirers and followers walked with him to his final resting place on the Marina Beach.
An eventful and accomplished life, which will be remembered and revered for decades to come.