||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2010)|
|Ministry of Textiles (India)|
1 November 2012
|Minister of State Commerce and Industry|
28 October 2012 – 1 November 2012
|Minister of State for Human Resource Development|
29 January 2006 – 28 October 2012
22 April 1959 |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Spouse(s)||Daggubati Venkateswara Rao|
|Children||1 son Hitesh chenchuram and 1 daughter Nivedita|
|As of 17 May, 2009
Daggubati Purandhareswari (Telugu: దగ్గుబాటి పురంధరేశ్వరి; born 22 April 1959) is an Indian politician from the state of Andhra Pradesh. She represents 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. She is currently the Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industries. She joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 7th March 2014.
As a Member of Parliament
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. She has been defeated in the 2014 election even though BJP Wave
Early Life and Education
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. Later she established Hyderabad Institute of Gem and Jewellery.
She can read, write and speak five languages, English, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and French. Her versatility in Indian dance form 'Kuchipudi' mirrors 13 years of practice under the guidance of the 'Kuchipudi' exponent, Dr. Vempati China Satyam.
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, an ex-Minister, ex-Member of Cabinet and current Member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly representing Parchoor constituency in Prakasam District. 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.
- 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")
- "NTR's daughter D Purandeswari joins BJP". NDTV. 7 March 2014.
- "Daggubati Purandeswari". Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- ‘Hinduism to me is a way of life’ Indian Express- January 11, 2009
- Biographical sketch, Parliament of India
- Official Website of D. Purandeswari
- Youtube profile page of Purandeswari.