Tara Cherian (May 1913 - 7 November 2000) was an Indian social activist and politician.[1] She was the first woman mayor of Madras city. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1967.[2]

Early life

Tara was born in May 1913 and graduated from the Madras University. On completion of her studies, Tara plunged into social activism and joined the Guild of Service.[1]

As Mayor

Like her husband P. V. Cherian, Tara was nominated mayor of Madras in November 1957. She was the first woman to hold the post. Her tenure is notable for the introduction of the mid-day meals scheme in the city.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Former Mayor of Chennai dead". The Hindu. 8 November 2000. Retrieved 18 September 2015.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.