Gauri Lankesh (Journalist) Age, Husband, Death Cause, Family, Biography & More

Gauri Lankesh

Real Name Gauri Lankesh
ProfessionJournalist, 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 ColourLight Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth29 January 1962
Birth PlaceBengaluru, Karnataka, India
Date of Death5 September 2017
Place of DeathOutside her residence in Ideal Homes colony, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru
Gauri Lankesh dead body (left) and death spot (right)
Age (at the time of death)55 Years
Death CauseMurder (Shot)
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
HometownBengaluru, Karnataka, India
CollegeIndian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Eduacational QualificationsGraduate
FamilyFather- Late Paalyada Lankesh (Litterateur, Poet, and Filmmaker)
Gauri Lankesh father P. Lankesh
Mother- Indira Lankesh (Businesswomen)
Gauri Lankesh with her mother, sister and niece
Brother- Inderjit Lankesh (Younger, Filmmaker)
Gauri Lankesh brother Indrajit Lankesh
Sister- Kavitha Lankesh (Younger, Filmmaker)
CasteLingayat (Backward Classes - BC)

AddressIdeal Homes colony in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru
ControversiesIn 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 FoodGrilled chicken
Favourite ActorMahesh Babu
Favourite ActressHarshika Poonacha
Favourite FilmsBollywood- Omkara
Hollywood- Citizen Kane
Favourite TV Show Boston Legal
Favourite BooksThe Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favourite WritersVaidehi, Lalitha Nayak, Banu Ustad
Favourite JournalistShivam Vij
Favourite PoliticiansRahul Gandhi, Jayaprakash Hegde, Justin Trudeau
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusDivorcee
Husband/SpouseChidanand Rajghatta (Ex-husband - Columnist)
Gauri Lankesh ex-husband Chidananda Rajaghatta
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- None

Gauri Lankesh

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. Gauri Lankesh in 1980s
  • 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. Gauri Lankesh in 90s
  • 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.