M. A. Chidambaram
|M. A. Chidambaram|
M. A. Chidambaram in 1940
12 October 1918|
Madura District, British India
|Died||19 January 2000
|Children||A. C. Muthiah, Seetha|
|Parent(s)||S. Rm. M. Annamalai Chettiar (Father)|
Chidambaram was born at Kanadukathan on October 12, 1918, the third and youngest son of Annamalai Chettiar, the Raja of Chettinad. He was the younger brother of M. A. Muthiah Chettiar and M. A. Ramanathan Chettiar.
He started off with a scooter factory in Mumbai, Automobile Products of India and later became the Director of the Indian Aluminium Company at a young age. He was instrumental in founding the Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC) and served as the chairman till his death. He was the Mayor of Madras in 1955.
He was the president of the Southern Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 1951 to 1957.
Chidambaram became the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in India in 1956, President from 1960–61 to 1962-63 and treasurer for about twenty years. He was the head of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) for 32 years. He was also the President of All India Lawn Tennis Association from 1963 to 1966.
He played a significant role in the negotiations between the TNCA and the Madras Cricket Club over the construction of a stadium on the Club's ground in Chepauk. Completed in 1980, this stadium was later named M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in his honour.
Besides being a pioneering industrialist, MAC is also remembered for his contribution to several other fields. He started the Tamil Isai Sangam to promote music in Tamil. His trust contributed substantially to the Voluntary Health Service started by Dr K. Sanjeevi.
Chidambaram has a son A. C. Muthiah and a daughter Seetha. His son is an important cricket-administrator who served as the President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Board and later, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Sri.P.Chidambaram, the Ex Union Finance Minister of India is his nephew.
- "The Hindu : M.A. Chidambaram, a multi-faceted personality". hindu.com. 2000. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
Born on October 12, 1918,