M. A. Chidambaram Early Life
M. A. Chidambaram ( or MAC, as he was fondly called ) was the third son of businessmen Dr. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar, the founder of Annamalai University.
M. A. Chidambaram Career
M. A. Chidambaram started off with a scooter factory in Mumbai and later became the Director of the Indian Aluminium Company at a young age. M. A. Chidambaram was instrumental in founding the Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation ( SPIC ) and served as the chairman till his death. M. A. Chidambaram was the Mayor of Madras in 1955.
M. A. Chidambaram became the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI ) in India in 1956, President from 1960 – 1961 to 1962 – 1963 and treasurer for about twenty years. M. A. Chidambaram was the head of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association ( TNCA ) for 32 Years. M. A. Chidambaram was also the President of All India Lawn Tennis Association from 1963 to 1966.
M. A. Chidambaram 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.
Chidambaram was the son of Raja Annamalai Chettiar, a noted businessman and philanthropist. His son A. C. Muthiah was also a President of BCCI.
Besides being a Pioneering Industrialist, MAC is also remembered for his contribution to several other fields. M. A. Chidambaram started the Tamil Isai Sangam to promote music in Tamil. His trust contributed substantially to the Voluntary Health Service started by Dr K. Sanjeevi.
M. A. Chidambaram Personal Life
M. A. Chidambaram was married.
M. A. Chidambaram was blessed with a son A.C. Muthiah and a daughter Seetha and a grandson Ashwin C. Muthiah.