A cel­e­bra­tion of tal­ent from all walks of life

Awards pre­sented dur­ing the 99th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of M.A. Chi­dambaram Chet­tiar

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Staff Re­porter

Nearly two decades ago, A.D. Pad­mas­ingh Is­sac started the ‘Aachi’ com­pany with just one prod­uct and to­day, it has grown to en­com­pass about 250.

On Fri­day, he re­ceived the A.C. Muthiah Award for achieve­ment as a first gen­er­a­tion en­tre­pre­neur.

Tamil scholar V. Si­va­sub­ra­ma­nian re­ceived the Ra­jah Sir An­na­malai Chet­tiar Award and artist A. Manivel the M.A. Chi­dambaram Chet­tiar Award, at the 99th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of M.A. Chi­dambaram Chet­tiar.

Speak­ing of Mr. Isaac, Ash­win Muthiah, son of A.C. Muthiah and founder and chair­man of AM In­ter­na­tional, said, “He lost his fa­ther when he was just 12. Af­ter fin­ish­ing his grad­u­a­tion, he joined as a sales of­fi­cer. To­day, his com­pany has a turnover of ₹1,500 crore, and em­ploys mil­lions.”

Re­duc­ing bur­den

Mr. Is­sac spoke about how he came up with the name ‘Aachi’ for his brand. “In Thoothukudi where I hail from, Aachi is what we call our grand­moth­ers. For us, she is the queen of the kitchen. Af­ter deep con­tem­pla­tion, I fi­nally ze­roed in on this name. I came up with these prod­ucts only to re­duce the bur­den of women strug­gling to make these pow­ders,” he added.

K. Vaidyanathan, Ed­i­tor of Di­na­mani, noted that Mr. Si­va­sub­ra­ma­nian has been a fore­run­ner in pro­tect­ing and pro­mot­ing the Tamil lan­guage. He said Mr. Manivel was an ex­tremely fine artist.

“It is quite re­mark­able how they care­fully pick and choose the awardees ev­ery year. These three per­sons have been rightly cho­sen for the award this year,” he added.

In­dus­tri­al­ist A.C. Muthiah spoke on the oc­ca­sion.


Proud mo­ment: K. Vaidyanathan, Ed­i­tor, Di­na­mani, presents an award to V. Si­va­sub­ra­ma­nian. From left, A.C. Muthiah, A. Manivel, A.D. Pad­mas­ingh Is­sac and Ash­win Muthiah are also seen.

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