J. Jayalalitha | Puratchi Thalaivi Jayalalitha | J. Jayalalithaa | Puratchi Thalaivi Jayalalithaa | Jayalalithaa | Jayalalitha Jayaram
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[on her father and paternal grandparents]My father was gentleman of leisure. My paternal grandfather was the palace medical surgeon in court at Maharaja of Mysore. He had built up fortune but my father squandered away the family fortune.He died when I was only 2 years old and my mother was 20
Jayalalithaa was born to Jayaram, a lawyer from Srirangam and and his wife Vedavalli on 24 February 1948 and was named 'Komalavalli' at birth. As per Iyengar custom, 2 names are given and so came the name Jayalaithaa.