Jayalalithaa pays tribute to M.A.M Ramaswamy
Chennai: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, condoling the death of industrialist and sports enthusiast M A M Ramaswamy (84), has spoken highly of his contribution to the growth of education and arts in the State.
The business magnate, who passed away on 2 December at a private hospital after his health failed, was born on 30 September 1931 into the Nattukottai Chettiar family and belonged to the royal lineage of Chettinad.
Grandson of the Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar (whose contribution to Tamil needs special mention) and son of Rajah Sir M A Muthiah, MAM (as M A M Ramaswamy was known in business and sports circles), he was part of the Chettinad group that had diverse business interests. He was passionate about horses and horse racing and holds the Guinness record for having won 100 Classics. This later went up to 400 Classics.
Adding another feather to his cap was the fact that he was the president of the Indian Hockey Federation when India won the world cup hockey championship in 1975. A towering personality in the field of education for having helped develop the Annamalai University founded by his family in 1929, he and his wife Sigappi Aachi were notable philanthropists.
Recalling his contributions, Jayalalithaa said the former Rajya Sabha member was a lovable person and despite his high standing was very down to earth. His death is an irreparable loss, she said in her statement. Ramaswamy is survived by his adopted son (M A M R Muthaiah), son's wife Geetha Muthiah and three grandchildren.
According to family sources, Ramaswamy's final rites has been moved to the Chettinad Palace in Raja Annamalaipuram, for the public to pay their last respects.