M. A. Ayyangar


Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar
5th Governor of Bihar
In office
12 May 1962 – 6 December 1967
Chief MinisterBinodanand Jha
Krishna Ballabh Sahay
Mahamaya Prasad Sinha
Preceded byZakir Husain
Succeeded byNityanand Kanungo
2nd Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
8 March 1956 – 16 April 1962
DeputySardar Hukam Singh
Preceded byGanesh Vasudev Mavalankar
Succeeded bySardar Hukam Singh
1st Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
In office
30 May 1952 – 7 March 1956
Preceded byOffice Established
Succeeded bySardar Hukam Singh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byConstituency Established
Succeeded byC. Dass
Personal details
Born4 February 1891
Thiruchanoor, Chittoor district, Madras Presidency, British India
Died19 March 1978(1978-03-19) (aged 87)
Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materPachaiyappa's College
, Madras Law College
Known forFirst Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha

Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar (4 February 1891 – 19 March 1978) was the first Deputy Speaker and then Speaker of the Lok Sabha in the Indian Parliament. He was Governor of Bihar also.

He was born in Thiruchanoor, Chittoor district of Madras Presidency, British India.

He was teacher in Mathematics and later became a lawyer between 1915 -1950. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi he participated actively in Indian Freedom Struggle and was jailed twice.

He was elected as member of Central Legislative Assembly in 1934. He was elected to the first Lok Sabha from Tirupathi and to the second Lok Sabha from Chittoor constituencies in 1952 and 1956 respectively.

He was elected in 1948 as Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha with Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar as the Speaker. After the death of Mavalankar in 1956, he was elected as Speaker of Lok Sabha. Dowry prohibition act 1961 was passed by joint session of parliament with MA Ayyankar as speaker. He worked as Governor of Bihar between 1962 and 1967.

A life size bronze statue of this celebrated statesman was erected at his hometown Tirupathi in 2007.[1]

Personal life

M A Ayyangar was born on 4 February 1891 in the village of Thiruchanur, near the world-famous temple town Tirupati, in Chittoor district. His father was M Venkatavaradhachariar. M.A.Ayyangar was worked as mathematics Teacher in Pachaiyappa's College at Esplanade, Chennai. Ayyangar married Choodammal in 1919, with whom he had four sons and eight daughters.[2]


  1. ^ The Hindu : National : Ananthasayanam Ayyangar statue to be unveiled
  2. ^ "Members bioprofile on Lok Sabha website". National Informatics Centre, New Delhi and Lok Sabha. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.

External links

  • A short biography
  • Official biographical sketch in Parliament of India website