Gauri Lankesh, Wikis, Biography, Photos, Age

Gauri Lankesh was an Indian journalist-turned-activist from Bangalore, Karnataka. She worked as an editor in Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly started by her father P. Lankesh, and ran her own weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was assassinated outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017.

Gauri Lankesh
Gauri Lankesh
Real Name Gauri Lankesh
Profession Journalist, Activist
Physical Stats & More
Height in centimeters– 153 cm
in meters– 1.52 m
in feet inches– 5’ ½”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms– 50 kg
in pounds– 110 lbs
Eye Colour Light Brown
Hair Colour White
Personal Life
Date of Birth 29 January 1962
Birth Place Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Date of Death 5 September 2017
Place of Death Outside her residence in Ideal Homes colony, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru
Age (at the time of death) 55 Years
Death Cause Murder (Shot)
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Aquarius
Nationality Indian
Hometown Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
College Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Eduacational Qualifications Graduate
Family Father– Late Paalyada Lankesh (Litterateur, Poet, and Filmmaker)
Mother– Indira Lankesh (Businesswomen)
Brother– Inderjit Lankesh (Younger, Filmmaker)
Sister– Kavitha Lankesh (Younger, Filmmaker)
Religion Hinduism
Caste Lingayat (Backward Classes – BC)
Address Ideal Homes colony in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru
Hobbies Reading
Controversies In November 2016, she was found guilty of defamation in a case involving BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and had been sentenced to 6 months in jail and received bail the same day.
Favourite Things
Favourite Food Grilled chicken
Favourite Actor Mahesh Babu
Favourite Actress Harshika Poonacha
Favourite Films Bollywood– Omkara
Hollywood– Citizen Kane
Favourite TV Show Boston Legal
Favourite Books The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favourite Writers Vaidehi, Lalitha Nayak, Banu Ustad
Favourite Journalist Shivam Vij
Favourite Politicians Rahul Gandhi, Jayaprakash Hegde, Justin Trudeau
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital Status Divorcee
Husband/Spouse Chidanand Rajghatta (Ex-husband – Columnist)
Children Son– None
Daughter– None

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gauri Lankesh

  • Did Gauri Lankesh smoke?: Yes
  • Did Gauri Lankesh drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Gauri was born into a family of renowned journalists and media publishers.
  • Her father was a well-known litterateur, poet, and filmmaker whose weekly ‘Lankesh Patrike’ broke major political scandals that rocked governments.
  • She wanted to be a doctor, but it didn’t happen, so she decided to become a journalist.
  • She was married before 1980 to her collage friend, Chidanand Rajghatta, but the couple got divorced later. However, they remained friend post their divorce.
  • She started her career as a journalist with a stint at the Times of India, Bengaluru.
  • After the demise of her father in 2000 due to ‘heart attack’, she stepped into her father’s shoes as chief editor.
  • Before working in his father’s weekly, she was working for Eenadu’s Telugu television channel in Delhi.
  • She was the supporter of political parties, such as – Indian National Congress (INR) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
  • Like her father, she was known for her secular, anti-caste and anti-Hindutva views.
  • In 2005, she opened her own weekly called ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike.’
  • On 5 September 2017, at around 8.00 pm, she was shot by 3 assailants when she was entering her house in Bengaluru’s Ideal Homes colony in Rajarajeshwari Nagar.


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