Divya Spandana also known as Ramya was born on November 29, 1982, in Bangalore. Her mother, Ranjitha, is a senior member of the Congress Party in Karnataka, while her foster father, R. T. Narayan, was an industrialist. Her parents are from Mandya in Karnataka. Narayan was their family friend who not only funded her education since high school but she eventually began to call him her father
Divya Spandana studied at St. Hilda's school in Ooty, and at Sacred Heart School (Church Park) in Chennai. She studied in Maharani college in Bangalore. In one of her interviews, Divya Spandana said that despite her mom finding it difficult to raise a single child, she made sure Divya got her education
Divya Spandana made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi. She is a two-time winner of the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada. Divya Spandana is also known as Ramya. Ramya is the name given to her by Kannada actor Rajkumar's wife, Parvathamma, on the set of her debut film Abhi
Divya Spandana has worked in Kannada and Tamil film industry. She has worked in prominent films like Aakash, Gowramma, Amrithadhare, Sanju weds Geetha with Spandana which is considered among the best in her career
Divya Spandana has worked in the 2006 Hindi movie 'Julie' which was the remake of 1975 film of the same film. It dealt with the concept of unwed motherhood after a one-night stand
At the peak of her career in films, Divya Spandana joined the Youth Congress in April 2011 as an ordinary member after she got an invitation to join the party by none other than Rahul Gandhi. She even announced it on Twitter on the same day
In 2013, Divya Spandana became the Indian National Congress (INC) Member of Parliament from Mandya constituency in Karnataka by winning the by-election. Divya's mother Ranjitha apparently went door to door to campaign for her in 2013 by-elections in Karnataka
In the 2014 Indian general election, Divya Spandana again contested from Mandya but was defeated by C. S. Puttaraju of the Janata Dal by a margin of 5,500 votes
In May 2017, Divya Spandana was given the task of reviving Congress' social media wing and was made the national head of its digital team at the national level. She took over the social media team from Deepender Singh Hooda, son of former CM of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Divya Spandana's social media team took over from their predecessors and took the bull by its horns. They did everything from creating a buzz around Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s rallies, wishing party seniors on their birthdays to wishing Congress leader's on their book launch, Divya Spandana brought the nascent social media profile of the Congress back to life
Divya Spandana's social media team consists of people from various departments such as data analysts, translators, technology experts, researchers and even people with an advertising background. Divya Spandana said that her social media focus was to bring all state unit functionaries online
After her recruitment, Divya Spandana recruited more professionals to double her team strength. Divya Spandana has been known to bring a change in how social media is handled by the Congress
Divya Spandana recruited professionals to double her team strength and 85% members of Congress's new social media team were women. There were just three women when Ramya first walked into the party’s digital war-room
In an interview, when asked about why she chose so many women to be a part of her team, Divya Spandana said, "Women do things differently, they think differently too. I can't deny that having a women-centric team has been a huge plus."
However, when asked for the massive success of social media, Divya Spandana doesn't take any credit for it. She said in an interview, "Whatever following has increased is only because of him (Rahul Gandhi) and his views."
In August 2017, Divya Spandana created the online campaign #AintNoCinderella to support Varnika Kundu, a woman who was 'chased and almost kidnapped' one night in Chandigarh. The campaign was started after senior Haryana state BJP politician Ramveer Bhatti told the press the attack was Kundu's fault for being out so late
The campaign started when Divya Spandana and friends began posting photos of themselves out late at night with the hashtag #AintNoCinderella. "Why shouldn't women go out after midnight?" she said in an interview. "I'm asking people like Mr Bhatti who are they to set curfew hours for us? I want to ask him who is he to question us? This is such a regressive mindset."
Divya Spandana was reportedly dating Swiss-German businessman Raphael and speculations were rife that the two were going to tie the knot in 2013. The rumour that Divya Spandana was going to marry her boyfriend in 2013 were then proved false and the politician said that she was happy in her relationship
Divya Spandana has been the Brand Ambassador for Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team for the first five seasons of the Indian Premier League
Divya Spandana's hobbies include long drives and listening to good music
Divya Spandana aka Ramya is an actress-turned-politician. She is the face of the Congress on social media. Here's all you need to know about the multi-talented woman
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