Remembering Komalavalli(Jayalalitha) on his First Death Anniversary: Some interesting facts
Jayalalithaa was one woman with power and magnetism and was known to have loyal followers. From a movie star to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa has been fondly called Amma (mother) by her followers. She passed away on December 5, 2016.
However, there are few elements that remain unknown to the world that you’d like to know.
Jayalalithaa was born on February 24 in the year 1948, at Melukote, Mandya district, then in Mysore State (now Karnataka).
At the time of her birth, she was given her grandmother’s name Koamalavalli.
She was given her personal name Jayalalithaa when she turned one. It is said that she got her name from the names of two houses where she stayed in Mysore. One was ‘Jaya Vilas’ and the other ‘Lalitha Vilas’.
Jayalalithaa started her education at Sacred Heart Matriculation School in Chennai. As a student, she excelled at her studies and was offered a scholarship to pursue further education.
Fluent in several languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English, Jayalalithaa is also trained in classical music, western classical piano, and various forms of classical dance.
Jayalalithaa learned Bharatnatyam when she was just 3.
She gave her debut dance performance at the Rasika Ranjani Sabha in Mylapore in May 1960.
She was once taken to a studio by her mother who also had a shoot in the same premises. It was then she was asked to shoot a scene as Goddess Parvati as the child actress who was supposed to play the role hadn’t turned up.
She made her debut as a lead actress in Chinnada Gombe (1964) while she was still studying in school. She was just 15 at the time.
Jayalalithaa wanted to be a lawyer but her debut film was so successful that she immediately became a well-known face.
Her successful Kannada films include Badukuva Daari (1966), Mavana Magalu (1965), Nanna Kartavya (1965), and Chinnada Gombe (1964).
She holds the record for having the highest number of silver jubilee hits in her career.
Jayalalithaa was also the highest paid Indian actress from 1965 to 1980.
In 1995, Jayalalithaa also secured a place in the Guinness World Records for hosting the ‘largest wedding banquet/reception’ for her foster son Sudhagaran.
In 1972, Jayalalithaa was awarded the Kalaimamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu.