Kalyanasundaram Anbazhagan is the former finance minister of Tamil Nadu. He is the General Secretary of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on nine consecutive occasions. He has also been elected as a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on nine occasions.
He passed away in Chennai on 7th March after a prolonged illness
1 Early life
2 Political career
3 Personal life
4 Literary works
Anbazhagan was born in Kattoor near Thiruvarur in Tanjore district (now Thiruvarur District) of Madras Presidency, British India on 19 December 1922. His parents were M. Kalyanasundaranar and Swarnambal. He has an M.A (Tamil) degree from Annamalai University.
Anbazhagan was a member of the Tamil Nadu legislative council between 1962-1967 and a close confidant of the DMK founder C. N. Annadurai. He is called perasiriyar (professor), as a term of endearment. He was a member of Lok Sabha between 1967-1971. In 1971 he served as Social Welfare minister of Tamil Nadu. He had given up his M.L.A position, representing Park Town constituency, in 1984 putting forward the Tamil Eelam issue. He has been serving as a General secretary of the DMK since 1977 and is a close aide of DMK Supremo M. Karunanidhi, M.K.Stalin, and his family.1996,2001,2006 he was elected from
Anbazhagan lived with wife Santhakumari in Shanthi Colony, Anna Nagar, Chennai. She died on 23 December 2012 at the age of 90 due to Diabetes mellitus. At the age of 98 (07 March 2020) he died in Chennai at Apollo hospital Chennai after being admitted for treatment.
He has sound knowledge of Tamil poetry. Some of his published works include:
Pesum kalai valarpom
Thamizhar thirumanamum inamaanamum
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