Bharat Ratna Dr.M.G.R. was born on 17.01.1917, 5th of the filial order to M.Gopalakrishna Menon – Sathyabama in Kandy, Srilanka. He was hailed as Puratchi Thalaivar and Makkal Thilagam, as he acted in roles and characters with revolutionary themes, though he acted as Hero in film industry for a long period of time. He was also praised as Ponmana Semmal as he opened his hand magnanimously to the poor. He acted as a friend to Thiyagaraja Bhagavathar for the first in the film ‘Ashok Kumar’ in 1940. He was introduced as hero in the film Rajakumari. He married V.N.Janaki who acted as hereoin with him in the films Mohini and Marutha Naatu Elavarasi in 1950.
He was introduced to Perarignar Anna by T.V.Narayanasamy in 1952. He became the fruit of the soul to Anna from that Very Day onwards. He became the M.L.A. of Parangimalai Constituency in 1667. He started Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in 1972 and became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977. He continued to be Chief Minister for Three terms. In the year 1981, he conducted the Fifth world Tamil Conference in 1981. He breathed his last in 24.12.1987.
He continues to live even today as a Historical hero (Legendary) by implementing Nutritious meal programme which benefitted the Children of the Poor to reach education. He inaugurated Tamil University in Thanjavur, as an act of giving significance to Education. He inaugurated Pavendrar Bharathidasan University in Trichy and also Inaugurated Mother Teresa University.
He was praised and celebrated as “Puratchi Thalaivar”, “Ponmana Semmal”, “Makkal Thilagam”, “Vallal” by the People. His name of identify is “M.G.Ramachandran”. But the three letters puratchi thalaivar “M.G.R.” became to breath of the people of Tamil Nadu. M.G.R. hourned democracy; Protected People; Zenith of Humanity; Lived for others; so that, he gave all his property for the development off dumb and blind children after his life time.
He is praised as “Idhaya Deivam” in the hearts of people. No other Praise can excel as Anna hailed. “M.G.R.’s heart is Great like the Himalayas and his character is like Gold.
The highest Privileged Award of Indian government “Bharat Ratna” was given to M.G.R. in 19th March 1988. Indian Government released the stamp with M.G.R.’s image in 17th January 1990. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi J Jayalalithaa unvield the portrait of Dr. M.G.R. in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on 13.01.1992.
A Memorial was established for Bharat Ratna Dr.M.G.R, near Perarignar Anna Square at Kamarjar Salai, Marina beach Chennai. Bharat Ratna Dr.M.G.R. Memorial renovated at of a Cost of Rs.7.70 Crore and the compound wall built around the memorial along with the re-established Entrance arch was inauguarated on 09.12.2012 by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa.
Every Year on 17th January, the Birthday of Bharat Ratna Dr.M.G.R., His statue in Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University Campus, Guindy, Chennai is garlanded and honored with flowers on behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu.