Daggupati Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) Govt. of India, born in Chennai on April 22, 1959 is the second daughter of the divine-blessed couple Dr. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao and Mrs. Basava Rama Tarakam.  She was married to Dr.Daggubati Venkateswara Rao on May 9, 1979.  They had two children, Nivedita and Hitesh Chenchuram.

She can eloquently read, write and speak English, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. Her versatility in Indian dance form 'Kuchipudi' mirrors 13 years of dedicated practice under the able-guidance of the Kuchipudi exponent, Dr.Vempati China Satyam.

She was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha from Bapatla parliamentary constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 2004. From the very initial year she proved to be an effective and dedicated Member of Parliament by bringing to the fore several problems relating to agriculture, education, public health, science & technology, mother-child welfare, natural calamities, and the problems faced by weavers and artisans in the country and raise these issues forcefully in the House for appropriate redress.

  

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