Nandamuri Purandeswari
The Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Dr. (Smt.) D. Purandeswari addressing at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), in New Delhi on May 02, 2013.jpg
General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Assumed office
26 September 2020
PresidentJ. P. Nadda
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 63)
Madras, Madras State, (present-day Chennai, Tamil Nadu) India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Indian National Congress (before March 2014)
(m. 1979)
RelationsSee Nandamuri–Nara family
ParentN. T. Rama Rao (father)
EducationB.A. (Literature) and Graduate in Gemology
Alma materSouth Indian Educational Trust Women College (Chennai)
Gemmological Institute of India Profession Political & Social Worker
As of 17 May, 2009
Source: [1]

Nandamuri Purandareswari (born 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.[1] 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.[2] She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 7 March 2014.[3] In 2014, she fought the Lok Sabha election on a BJP ticket from Rajampet and lost.[4] Purandareswari was appointed BJP Mahila Morcha Prabhari.[5][6]

As a Member of Parliament

Purandeswari 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.[citation needed]

Early life and education

Born to N. T. Rama Rao and Basavatarakam, 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.[7] Later she established Hyderabad Institute of Gem and Jewellery.[citation needed] She can read, write and speak five languages, English, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and French.[citation needed] She is versatile in the Indian dance form Kuchipudi.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Southern Sushma Swaraj Sets the Pace".
  2. ^ 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")
  3. ^ "NTR's daughter D Purandareswari joins BJP". NDTV. 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Former Union Minister Daggubati Purandeswari to head AP BJP's manifesto Committee".
  5. ^ "BJP creates OBC morcha ahead of Bihar election".
  6. ^ "With an eye on Bihar, UP polls, BJP forms OBC Morcha to boost electoral fortunes".
  7. ^ ‘Hinduism to me is a way of life’ Indian Express- 11 January 2009