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IMMORTAL AMMA

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

Itika Sharma Punit
By Itika Sharma Punit

Co-editor, 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:

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A flooded roadside with murals of Jayalalithaa.
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A woman walks in front of a portrait of Jayalalithaa in Chennai.
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Jayalalithaa smiles in a mural on a wall in Chennai.

A photo posted by Francis Adrian Mascarenhas (@francis_mascarenhas) on Oct 11, 2014 at 2:14pm PDT

The making of ‘Amma’ a graffiti painter at work on OMR stretch in chennai. #graffiti #politics #creativity #portraits #sketch #portrait #art #painting #paint #face #creative #illustration #aiadmk #tamil #chennai #amma #jayalalithaa #omr #artist #walls

A photo posted by Anoop Surendran (@pixelnoops) on Jan 3, 2016 at 3:25am PST

#amma #jayalalithaa

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

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