IMMORTAL AMMA

On the walls of Chennai, Jayalalithaa will live on for a long, long time

Quartz india
Quartz india

Film star-turned-politician Jayalalithaa Jayaraman has died.

The 68-year-old chief minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu passed away late on Dec. 05. But Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu and Jayalalithaa’s home for several decades, will find it hard to forget her for a long time. She was serving her sixth term as the leader of the state and remained hugely popular despite numerous corruption charges against her.

Over the years, the walls of Chennai had turned into a canvas for her adoring fans. Here are some of those breathtaking murals of Amma, or mother, as she was fondly called:

A flooded roadside with murals of J Jayalalithaa in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
A flooded roadside with murals of Jayalalithaa. (Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee)
A woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa, a former film actress and now head of the state opposition party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), in the southern Indian city of Chennai March 2, 2009. India will hold a general election between April 16 and May 13, election officials said on Monday, kicking off a mammoth process in which 714 million people will be able to cast their votes.
A woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa in Chennai. (Reuters/Babu)
A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai March 13, 2012.
Jayalalithaa smiles in a mural on a wall in Chennai. (Reuters/Babu)

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A photo posted by Siddhhartha (@siddhharthachoudhary) on Mar 7, 2016 at 3:31am PST

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