Daggubati Purandeswari

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Daggubati Purandhareswari
Ministry of Textiles (India)
In office
1 November 2012 – 16 May 2014
Minister of State Commerce and Industry
In office
28 October 2012 – 1 November 2012
Minister of State for Human Resource Development
In office
29 January 2006 – 28 October 2012
Personal details
Born (1959-04-22) 22 April 1959 (age 56)
Madras, Madras State
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Daggubati Venkateswara Rao
Children 1 son and 1 daughter
Residence Hyderabad
Website http://www.daggubati.in/
As of 17 May, 2009
Source: [1]

Daggubati Purandhareswari (born (1959-04-22)22 April 1959) is an Indian politician from the state of Andhra Pradesh. She represented the Visakhapatnam constituency of Andhra Pradesh as a Member of Parliament in the 15th Lok Sabha of India. She had previously represented the Bapatla constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha, during which period she served as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.[1] She joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 7 March 2014.[2]

As a Member of Parliament[edit]

She participated in debate on various bills such as 'Domestic Violence Bill, Hindu Succession [Amendment] Bill, and the bill on the establishment of special courts exclusively for trying cases of women to name a few' and made meaningful contributions. In appreciation of her performance in Parliament, the Asian Age adjudged her as the best Parliamentarian for 2004-05.[3]

Early Life and Education[edit]

She did her schooling from Sacred Heart Matriculation Higher Secondary School,Church Park, Chennai. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the South Indian Educational Trust and Women College (Chennai) (renamed as the Bashir Ahmed Sayeed College for Women), followed by a short course in gemmology at the Gemmological Institute of India.[4] Later she established Hyderabad Institute of Gem and Jewellery. She can read, write and speak five languages, English, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and French. She is versatile in the Indian dance form Kuchipudi.

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of Andhra Pradesh's former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party founder N. T. Rama Rao and is married to Daggubati Venkateswara Rao. She is the sister of Telugu film actors Nandamuri Balakrishna and Nandamuri Harikrishna and the aunt of Telugu film actors Jr. NTR, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram and Taraka Ratna.[3]


  1. ^ New railway zone now a political decision, says Purandeswari. Retrieved from The Hindu 12/25/2013. (article dated "Updated: December 25, 2013 13:32 IST")
  2. ^ "NTR's daughter D Purandeswari joins BJP". NDTV. 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Daggubati Purandeswari". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ ‘Hinduism to me is a way of life’ Indian Express- 11 January 2009

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