One of the great iconic leaders of the century, Dr. J.Jayalalithaa was born on 24 February 1948 at Melukote, Mandya district, then in Mysore State.
Jayalalithaa attended Bishop Cotton Girls' School in Bangalore and after a few years moved to Chennai where she completed her education at Sacred Heart Matriculation School (popularly known as Church Park Presentation Convent or Presentation Church Park Convent) in 1964. She won Gold State Award for topping in class X - not just her school but also in Tamil Nadu. She appears not to have accepted the admission offered to her at Stella Maris College, Chennai. On completion of Matriculation in 1964, she won a scholarship from Government of India for higher studies but did not accept it.
Jayalalithaa, who excelled in the world of cinema and politics, was a reluctant entrant in both fields. She was very keen on doing law; but she dropped out of school because of the financial constraints her mother was facing and she took up acting. She was articulate and comfortable in multiple languages, and the skills came handy in politics. She was an outstanding student; in interviews, she revealed her ambition was to become a lawyer like Ram Jethmalani or Fali S. Nariman.
She took up a career in films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, English and Malayalam. She was trained in classical dance (Bharata Natyam) and Carnatic Music from the age of 4 onwards. She is proficient in other dance-forms such as Mohini Attam, Kathak, Manipuri. She has given hundreds of performances in Bharatha Natyam all over India and has sung several songs herself in her films.
Awards and Special Degrees to Jayalalithaa
-Ms. Jayalalithaa was honoured with a number of awards and special degrees which are listed below:=Jayalalithaa was Honoured with the Award Kalaimamani in the year 1972 by the Government of Tamilnadu.In the year 1991 the University of Madras honoured the Degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Ltt.) to her
-Jayalalithaa was also awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 1992 by the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University
-Next in the year 1993 Madurai Kamaraj University awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
-In the year 2003 she was credited with 2 degrees one from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University for Doctor of Science and the other from the Bharathidasan University, Trichy for Doctor of Letters in 2003
-In the year 2005 she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the Dr. Ambedkar Law University in Chennai.
-Jayalalithaa has also been honoured with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition and Life-time achievement Award by the Rotary International.
-The International Human Rights Defense Committee, Ukraine recognized Jayalalithaa and honoured her with the Golden Star of Honour and Dignity Award.