wiki:M. Karunanidhi

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Muthuvel Karunanidhi (born Dakshinamurthi, 3 June 1924)[2] is an Indian politician who has served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on five separate occasions. He is the former chief minister. He is the head of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK),[3] a Dravidian political party in the state of Tamil Nadu. He has been the leader of the DMK since the death of its founder, C. N. Annadurai, in 1969.[4] He holds the record of winning his seat in every election in which he has participated, in a political career spanning more than 60 years.[5][6][7] In the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, he led the DMK-led DPA (UPA and Left Parties) in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to win all 40 Lok Sabha seats. In the following 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, he was able to increase the number of seats for the DMK from 16 to 19 seats, and led the UPA in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, to win 28 seats, even with a significantly smaller coalition. He is also a playwright and screenwriter in Tamil cinema. He is called by his supporters as Kalaignar ("artist")

Muthuvel Karunanidhi was born as Dakshinamurthy[9] in Thirukuvalai in Tiruvarur, India,[10] on 3 June 1924 to Muthuvel and Anjugam.[2] He belongs to Isai Velalar community and his ancestry from Tiruvaarur.