Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti
Born9 November 1940
ChildrenRamanathan Nalli, Vishwanathan Nalli, Geetha Devi, Jayashree

Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti (born 9 November 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

He was born in 1940 in Kanchipuram into a Padmashali family.[2] He went to Ramakrishna Mission School. He did his business management from the University of Washington.[3]

Organisations and affiliations

He is now President of Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,[4] 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.[5] He is also a Patron of Tamil Chamber of Commerce,[6] 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

Year Awards and Honors Awarding Organization
2006 Employer-Employee Relationship Award The Rotary Club of Madras[7]
2003 Padma Shri[8] Indian Government
2000 Kalaimamani Government of Tamil Nadu[9]


  1. ^ Krishna, M-Balamurali (12 November 2012). "From textile magnate to writer". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ "The `soft' corner for silks". @businessline. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ Kannan, Swetha (19 October 2011). "Going faster on the silk route". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ "December season, a hallmark of Chennai". The Hindu. 13 December 2008. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Profile of Dr. Nalli Kuppuswami Chetti". samudhra. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Members". Tamil Chamber. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Rotary honours Nalli Kuppuswamy Chetty". The Hindu. 17 May 2006. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Kalaimamani awards: CM refutes criticism". The Hindu. 26 November 2000. Archived from the original on 17 August 2002. Retrieved 28 July 2013.