Beena Kannan

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Beena Kannan
Born (1960-07-17) 17 July 1960 (age 56)
Kottayam district, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation business
Spouse(s) Kannan
Children Gautham, Thushara and Vishnu

Beena Kannan (born 17 July 1960 in Kottayam, Kerala, India) is an Indian sari designer.

After university, she joined the family textile retailing business 'Seematti' in 1980, working with her father and husband. Seematti was started by her pioneering grandfather, the famous textile king Veeriah Reddiar. She became one of the most noticed[citation needed] wedding silk sari designers in south India. Her unique contribution appears[citation needed] to be her efforts to retain the pride of place for saris even in the face of onslaught from Western and North Indian fashions. Beena Kannan attracted attention when the longest ever silk sari created by her (half a km long) entered the Guinness Book of Records and Limca Book of Records in 2007.[1] She has launched her sari designs in UAE (2007) and USA (2009). Her rapport with the weaving communities earned for her a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Coimbatore Erode Weaving community in 2009. On September 2011, Beena Kannan-designed saris walked the “Swarovski Elements 2011″ Ramp.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Beena Kanan was born on the 17th July 1960 in Kottayam to V. Thiruvenkitam and Mrs. Seetha Lakshmi Thiruvenkitam, she is only child of her parents whose ancestors migrated to Kerala from Tamil Nadu. Originally from Andhra Pradesh, Seematti was founded by Late S.Veeriah Reddiar at Alappuzha in 1910. Beena married her cousin and childhood friend Kannan on 17 July 1985. He died of cancer in 2000. The couple have three children, Gautham, Thushara and Vishnu. Her son Gautham married Aditi on December 6, 2011.Daughter Thushara is also married.


  1. ^ "Beena Kannan, MD of See with skill and a silky-smooth style, finds Prema Manmadhan". The Hindu. September 13, 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Beena Kannan Designed Saris walk the "Swarovski Elements 2011″ Ramp.". LiveMango. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Beena Kannan Designed Saris walk the "Swarovski Elements 2011" Ramp.". moneylife. Retrieved 2011-09-13.