Tamil Nadu

Popular Tamil director R.C Sakthi passes away

Popular Tamil director R.C Sakthi passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 76.

He was mentor of famous actor Kamal Haasan and had launched him as lead role in his Tamil directorial debut Unarchigal in 1972.

About R.C Sakthi

  • Sakthi was born in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.
  • He had started his career in film industry as a theatre artist and later shifted to cinema.
  • In his two decade long career, he had directed 17 films. He began his directorial career as an assistant director for the Tamil films Porsilai (1969) and Annai Velankanni (1970).
  • Later in 1972, in directorial debut he launched Kamal Haasan in Unarchigal. It was released in 1976.
  • Later in his career, he directed many films. Some of his critically acclaimed films are Manidharil Ithanai Nirangala (1978), Dharma Yuddham (1979) which starred Rajinikanth and Amma Pillai (1990).
  • His last directed Tamil film Pathini Penna (1993) has been awarded two Tamil Nadu state awards. They are Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film and State award for Best Dialogue Writer.

Veteran Malayalam actor Mala Aravindan passes away

Veteran Malayalam actor Mala Aravindan has passed away in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He was 76.

He was best known for his work as a comedian, character artist in Malayalam films and was also noted theatre personality. He was also the president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA).

About Mala Aravindan

  • He was born in 1941 at Vadavucode in Ernakulam, Kerala.
  • Career: He had started his career as a tabla artist with the vibrant travelling professional theatre groups.
  • He began his acting career in the plays of National Theatres, Kottayam, and later associated with theatre groups such as Natakasala and Suryasoma.
  • His made debut as actor in 1968 by acting in film Sindhooram, directed by Balakrishnan. Since then he has acted in over 400 films.
  • Awards: He has won the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi’s award for the best actor for his role in Sooryasoma’s play Nidhi.

M. Karunanidhi re-elected as DMK Chief for 11th time

M. Karunanidhi has been re-elected as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Party’s President for the 11th time. He was elected by the newly constituted general council of party.
Facts about Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Party

  • It is a state political party in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory (UT) Puducherry.
  • It was founded in 1949 in then Madras Presidency by C. N. Annadurai as a breakaway faction from the Dravidar Kazhagam (known as Justice Party till 1944) headed by Periyar.
  • It was a former member of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
  • Karunanidhi was elected President of the Party on July 27, 1969 after C.N. Annadurai’s death. Since then he is President of Party.
  • This party also holds the distinction of being the first party in India other than the Indian National Congress (INC) to win state-level elections with a clear majority on its own in any state.

Chief Ministers of DMK in Tamil Nadu

  • N Annadurai- He was first CM of DMK. He was in office from 1967-69.
  • M. Karunanidhi- He was CM on five separate occasions. They are 1969-71, 1971-76, 1989-91, 1996-2001, 2006-11.

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