Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti

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Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti
Born 1940 Nov 09
Nationality Indian
Occupation Industrialist
Organization Nalli
Home town Chennai
Children Ramanathan K Nalli

Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti (Tamil: நல்லி குப்புசாமி செட்டியார், born November 9, 1940) is a successful textile industrialist and philanthropist. He is a liberal donor for arts, culture and education. After the death of his grandfather, Nalli Chinnasamy Chetti, in 1958, he inherited the family business trademarked Nalli Silks. He has written three Tamil books namely, Vetrikku Moondre Padigal, Needhi Noolgalil Nirvagam and Padagacheri Mahan.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in 1940 in Kanchipuram into a business family. He went to Ramakrishna Mission School. He did his business management from the University of Washington.[2]

Organisations and affiliations[edit]

He is now President of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,[3] Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, Brahma Gana Sabha, Sri Bhairavi Gana Sabha, Mudhra, Mylapore Fine Arts Club and Chennai Cultural Academy. Vice President of Madras Film Society and Mylapore Academy.[4] He is alo a Patron of Tamil Chamber of Commerce,[5] Chetti is also a member in other Chambers like Indo Australian Chamber and Indo-Japan Chamber. Now a Member of the Planning Board of the Tamil University, Thanjavur, he has been a Member of the Senate, Bharathiar University, Member, Central Silk Board and Member, South Zone Cultural Centre, Chennai and Patron of The Madras Progress Union Higher Secondary School.

Position Organization
Chairman Nalli

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Awards and Honors Awarding Organization
2006 Employer-Employee Relationship Award The Rotary Club of Madras[6]
2003 Padma Shri Indian Government
2000 Kalaimamani Government of Tamil Nadu[7]


  1. ^ "From textile magnate to writer". New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Going faster on the silk route". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "December season, a hallmark of Chennai". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Profile of Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti". samudhra. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Members". Tamil Chamber. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rotary honours Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kalaimamani awards: CM refutes criticism". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 July 2013.