Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (17 January 1917 – 24 December 1987), popularly known as MGR, was an actor and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987. MGR is a cultural icon in the state of Tamil Nadu, where he is regarded as one of the most influential actors of the Tamil film industry. He made his film debut in the 1936 film Sathi Leelavathi in a supporting role and dominated the Tamil film industry for three decades. Later he joined Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). In 1972, he left the DMK and formed his own party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). He steered an AIADMK-led alliance to victory in the 1977 election, routing the DMK in the process. He became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the first film actor to become a chief minister in India.
The birth centenary of Dr. M G Ramachandran was celebrated on 17th January 2017 at the Dr MGR Medical University campus in Guindy. On the occasion a Commemorative Postage Stamp was released by the Tamilnadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in presence of Shri T. Murthy, Director General, Department of Posts, Shri Charles Lobo, Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Circle and other cabinet ministers also attended the stamp release function.