Mumbai , Maharashtra , India
Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away in Dubai, where she was attending a family wedding. Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before entering Hindi films. She started acting in the late 1960s, She was honored with Padma Shri award by Government of India.
Thiruchirapalli , Tamil Nadu , India
"Vietnam Veedu" Sundaram was a popular Tamil scriptwriter and director. He has written scripts for nearly all the actors and wrote for 8 films starring Sivaji Ganesan after 1970. His directorial ventures Gauravam, Gnana Paravai, Vijaya, Devi Sri Kumariamman and Payanam are considered cult classics. He was the writer for Tamil classics like Vietnam Veedu, Gnana Oli, Satyam, Grihapravesam, Justice Gopinath Annan Oru Koyil starring Sivaji Ganesan, Naan Yen Pirandhen, Naalai Namadhe starring M. G. Ramachandran.
Mylapore , Tamil Nadu , India
Cho Ramaswamy is a comedian, editor, playwright and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. His full name is Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy. His famous Tamil magazine is Thuglak. He is a witty figure in the Tamil Nadu and Indian politics. He was nominated to Rajya Sabha by K. R. Narayanan, the President of India at that time. President nominates 12 M.P.s who excel in the fields of art, social service or literature and he was one of them. He served as the member of the Rajya Sabha from November 1999 to November 2005. Cho Ramaswamy was born on 5th October 1934 in Chennai. His father is R. Srinivasa Iyer and his mother is Rajammal. He broke away from G. K. Moopanar and joined M. Karunanidhi in the year 1996, but this relationship did not last long. The main reason for this is due to the release of ransom to sandalwood smuggler Veerappan to free Kannada actor Rajkumar. He is also a consumer activist helping the consumers to get their rights. He started the magazine Thuglak in the year 1970. This is a political weekly magazine. He conveys his message to people through political satire. His drama was staged more than 1000 times in which he brought out the hypocrisy and duplicity of politicians. He also criticized the emergency decree of Indira Gandhi and the attitude of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh towards Pakistan. He played main role in bringing together Tamil Maanila Congress and DMK in 1996 election. In 2011 election he supported AIADMK.
Ramanathapuram , Tamil Nadu , India
Bharat Ratna Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, generally known as Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was the 11th President of India (2002-2007). By profession, he was a scientist and an administrator in India. He worked with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer before becoming the President of India. His work on the development of launch vehicle and ballistic missile technology had earned him the name of the 'Missile Man of India'. The Pokhran-II nuclear tests conducted in India in 1998 after the original nuclear test of 1974 saw him in a pivotal political, organisational and technical role. In his book 'India 2020', he recommended plans to make the nation a fully developed one by the year 2020. His interactions with the student community and his motivational speeches made him quite popular among the youth. In 2011, he launched a mission called 'What Can I Give Movement' aimed at the youth of India, which focused on defeating corruption in the country. He and his team used rocket science for designing an artificial limb weighing just 400 grams. And he cherishes it more than launching rockets. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam said it was "bliss" to see children smile after wearing the light-weight prosthesis on their legs designed by him and his team."When we launched the first indigenous rocket SPV 3, when we successfully sent Agni and tested nuclear weapons in Pokran, I was really very happy. But today when I see children run around and cycle with the artificial limbs we designed, it is sheer bliss," Kalam said delivering the 12th convocation address of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University. "I had seen these children struggling with the artificial limbs that weighed at least 4 kg. My team made one with composite heat materials used for rockets. This one is 10 times lighter," he said.