M.A.M. Ramaswamy was a renowned philanthropist, politician, educationist, chairman & co-founder of Chettinad Group of Companies and an MP in the Rajya Sabha representing Karnataka. He was also an accomplished industrialist apart from being the Pro-Chancellor of Annamalai University. His sports circle was equally established since he won an odd number of 600 horse races in his time. He was married on 6th of February 1951 to wife Sigappi Aachi.
Ramaswamy was fondly known as MAMR in his business, sports and political circle where he was a figure of extreme importance. Born in the Rajah Family aka the Nattukottai Chettiar community, Ramaswamy had a great inclination towards engineering, cement and granite that led to his business establishment. Soon his interests grew towards horse racing and Ramaswamy became the first one to win 100 classics and enter the Guinness Book of World Records the number further went up to 400 and more races.
Ramaswamy's passion was not limited to horses and racing, he even won several laurels in hockey and tennis. The racing baron, Ramaswamy was a well recognized figure in the Indian Hockey Federation as well and it was during his reign as a president in 1975 that India became a proud owner of the World Cup Hockey Championship.
His father, grandfather and uncles worked day and night to build Tamil Nadu's Chettinad Empire which later flourished under the guidance of Ramaswamy.
In the year 1929, the Chettiar family founded the Annamalai University located in Chidambaram which had just 7-departments before Ramaswamy took charge and transformed the face of it into a 48-departments institution.
Ramaswamy and his wife, both were very generous all throughout his life and helped everyone who came by in need. Since the couple was childless, the duo adopted a child named Ayyappan. When the child turned 26, Ramaswamy renamed him to MAMR Muthiah. In 2006, Muthiah and Ramaswamy went through a bitter phase when Sigappi Aachi died. This relationship went so turbulent that Ramaswamy complained that because of Muthiah, his life was under threat. Eventually a couple of months before his death, Ramaswamy disowned Muthiah.
The M A Chidambaram Stadium of Chennai is named after a member of his family while P Chidambaram, a noted member in the ministry of finance also belongs to his hierarchy.
It was in the year 2004 when he was invited to the Janta Dal Party by H D Deve Gowda to represent Karnataka as a Member of Parliament. MAMR gracefully accepted the ticket and became a part of the Rajya Sabha. Later in 2014, MAMR took leave from his family business and was confined to his bed in the last year of his life.
On 2nd December 2015, the iconic figure MAMR parted ways to heaven due to kidney and heart ailments.
Words and Wishes:
Vivek Jain (RWITC)
"Dr MAM dominated the Classics like nobody in history. He was always affectionate and affable, and his demise is a huge blow to the sport"
"I can only describe Dr MAM as an obsessively passionate man about his horses and racing. He has left this world but I am sure he has already planned to open a racecourse up there"
"He (Dr Ramaswamy) is like God to me. Whatever I am today, it is because of him. I was not even his first jockey when he picked me up, Vasant Shinde was then riding for him as first jockey, but he looked after me so well. He put me up at his Chettinad palace for five years. Imagine doing that for a mere jockey! There will never be another horse owner like him, RIP, boss"
(Excerps from Mid-day Interview)
The Entire Chettinad Group & Friends.
(FAN OF Dr. M.A.M. RAMASWAMY)
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