Important People from Chettinad Who Have Shaped History

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Published on July 24, 2014

Author: Parvathysuresh



PowerPoint Presentation: Important People from Chettinad Who Have Shaped History How many of us know that Chettinad is more than just tasty cuisines and bright colours of art? Can you name some of the famous Chettinad people who contributed greatly to our country? If your answer is no, then this article will prove as a good introduction for you to famous Chettinad personalities. Chettinad is a region named after the Nattukottai Chettiars, who originally came and settled from Cauvery Poompattinam in the 13th century after their homeland was destroyed in a massive flood. Their migration also brought with them a unique culture of hard work which proved useful in the unforgiving Chettinad weather and terrains. Over the centuries, their community flourished and spread across the world causing great cultural exchange between Tamil Nadu and the world. The Chettiars travelled to various places such as Sri Lanka, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. PowerPoint Presentation: In addition to having a rich culture, they were experts in banking and have been pioneers in the modern banking sector in India as well. The modern world has seen many people from Chettinad rise up to the highest echelons of the society through their sheer hard work and perseverance. The following are some notable Chettiars who were instrumental in shaping our country: Dr. Alagappa Chettiar A recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan, Dr. Alagappa Chettiar is responsible for starting various educational institutions in Karaikudi and its surrounding areas. He was a successful businessman and philanthropist who renounced his Knighthood when India gained Independence. The famous Alagappa University, Alagappa Government Arts College and Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology are named in his honour. Kaviarasar Kannadasan Kannadasan, referred to as Kaviarasar or King of Poets was a 20th century Tamil poet and lyricist, considered one of the most important writers in the language. He has contributed about 5000 lyrics to Tamil films in addition to publishing 6000 poems and 232 books which include novels, epics, essays and plays. He was given the National Film Award for Best Lyrics in 1969 and the Sahitya Academy Award in 1980. Read more at :-

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