• 1948
    Born on 24th February 1948 at Melukote in Mysore state, now Karnataka to Thiru. Jayaram and Tmt. Vedavalli.Was Named Komalavalli following the ancestral traditions. She was fondly referred by her mother and relatives as Ammu.
  • 1950- 1958
    Attended school at Bishop Cotton Girls, Bengaluru
  • 1958- 1964
    Continued education at Sacred Heart Matriculation school, Chennai. Puratchi Thalaivi Amma excelled at school by always securing top ranks and was offered a government scholarship to pursue further education after her matriculation. After leaving school she joined Stella Maris College, Chennai to study law but had to discontinue. Thalaivi Amma was trained in Carnatic music, western classical piano and various forms of classical dance including Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi,Mohiniyattam, Manipuri Kathak. She started acting in small roles of plays, dramas.
  • 1964 – 1973 : (Silver Screen career)
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma made her debut films in Telugu and Kannada in 1964 and her Tamil film debut in 1965 - each of them were very successful and offers started coming up for her as the lead female heroine.Puratchi Thalaivi Amma holds the record for having been the Tamil actress with maximum silver jubilee hits in her career – 85 hits of 92 Tamil films as main female lead heroine and in addition she also has all 28 films in Telugu as silver jubilee hits. She was the highest paid Indian actress from 1965–1980.
  • 1964 – 1973 (Silver Screen career)
    She has won 5 TamilNadu State Film Award for Best Actress, 8 TamilNadu Cinema Fan Award for Best Actress, 5 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil, 1 Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, 1 Russian Film Festival, 7 Madras Film Association Awards for Best Actress.
  • Political Career 1982
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma joined the AIADMK, which was founded by Puratchi Thalaivar. Her maiden public speech, "Pennin Perumai" ("The Greatness of a Woman"), was delivered at the AIADMK's political conference in the same year.
  • 1983
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma became propaganda secretary for the party and was selected as its candidate in the by-election for the Tiruchendur Assembly constituency.
  • 1984-1989
    Puratchi Thalaivi becomes Member of Parliament,Rajya Sabha because of her fluency in English skills. She was elected Deputy Leader of the party’s parliamentary group.
  • 1988
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma assumes General Secretaryship of the AIADMK.
  • 1989
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma becomes the first woman to be the elected leader of the Opposition. Puratchi Thalaivi Amma was assaulted by DMK members , who was in power then. Amma swears not to return to the house as long as DMK president Mr. Karunanidhi was in power.
  • 1991
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu with the largest number of members in the State Assembly.
  • 1992
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma introduces the Cradle Baby Scheme to prevent female foeticide.Amma’s government was the first to introduce All Women Police Station. Amma introduced 30%quota for women in all police jobs and established as many as 57 all-women police stations.
  • 2001
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma becomes the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
  • 2002
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma wins the Andipatti assembly by-polls and once again assumes the position of Chief Minister. Amma forms India’s first company of female police commandos.
  • 2011
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma wins the 13-party alliance in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections and was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
  • 2011-2016
    Puratchi Thlaivi Amma introduced several welfare measures such as Amma Unavagm, Amma mineral Water,Amma Pharmacy, Amma Salt,Amma Cement etc.. to benefit the people.
  • 2016
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, having been elected from Dr. RadhaKrishnan Nagar constituency. She is one of the few Chief Ministers to be elected consecutively twice. Puratchi Thalaivi Amma orders the implementation of five schemes on the first day of assuming office:
  • 2016

    a) TASMAC shops to open only at 12 noon and not at 10 a.m. earlier, and close as usual at 10 p.m. Five hundred retail shops to be closed
    b) Waiver of crop loans
    c) Eight grams of gold for Mangal Sutra
    d) Costless Power upto 100 units
    e) Costless Power upto 250 units for handloom weavers and upto 750 units for Powerloom weavers
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma breathed her last on 05th December 2016.
  • Language Proficiency
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma was fluent in several languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English. Awards and honours won by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma
  • Awards 1972
    Government of Tamil Nadu honours Puratchi Thalaivi Amma with Kalaimamani Award
  • Awards 1991
    A degree of Doctor of Literature was conferred upon by University of Madras.
  • Awards 1992
    A degree of Doctor of Science was conferred by Dr. MGR Medical University.
  • Awards 1993
    A degree of Doctor of Letters was conferred by Madurai Kamara University.
  • Awards 2003
    A degree of Doctor of Science given by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. A degree of Doctor of Letters conferred by Bharatidasan University.
  • Awards 2004
    Puratchi Thalaivi Amma was invited by the House of Lords, London in 2004 to receive the “Woman Politician of the Decade” award from the Asian Guild Awards. The Golden Star of Honour Dignity Award conferred by International Human Rights Defence Committee recognising Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’s service in protecting the weaker section of society and in the field of gender equality in Tamil Nadu and India.
  • Awards 2011
    Resolution passed by the New Jersey General Assembly to appreciate her exemplary excellence and dedication as a leader and in service to the people of Tamil Nadu.
  • Tenures served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
    1.First Tenure: 24.06.1991 -12.05.1996
    2.Second Tenure : 14.05.2001- 21.09.2001
    3.Third Tenure: 02.03.2002-12.05.2006
    4.Fourth Tenure : 16.05.2011- 27.09.2014
    5.Fifth Tenure : 23.05.2015 -16.05.2016
    6.Sixth Tenure: 23.05.2016- 05.12.2016