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Our temple - spreads our culture across the globe

In Hinduism the Law of Karma is the view of causality in which good deeds, words, thoughts, and commands lead to beneficial effects for a person, and bad deeds, words, thoughts, and commands lead to harmful effects. It is believed that bad karma binds a person’s soul to the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and leads to sufferings and misfortune in this life and worsens in the next. To erase the effects of bad karma, Hindu scriptures suggest cleansing of the soul, doing good deeds and praying, at home or going to the temple and pilgrimages to holy places.

Entrepreneur Sethu Valliappan

by UAE Nagarathar Sangam

Chief Executive Officer at Al Qatari Group of companies

Village: Chockanathapuram

Nattukottai Chettiar Youth Association (NCYA)

2013 Retreat @ San Jose, CA

Five years and running, the Nattukotai Chettiar Youth Association (NCYA) continues to shine with success. Emulating NSNA, NCYA serves to instill a sense of belonging among our youth and also uphold the future of Nagarathars in America. While creating a community cross-country is no easy task, NCYA’s most recent retreat in San Jose, California is certainly testament to work well done.

Nagarathar Who Tranformed The World of Entertainment

by: Ramanathan Vairavan, Uma Chidambaram, Chitra Kannan & Arasu Tamilvannan

History will demonstrate that Nagarathar have been pioneers by: Ramanathan Vairavan, Uma Chidambaram, Chitra Kannan & Arasu Tamilvannan nagarathar who tranformed The World of Entertainment in various facets of business and lifestyle. The previous issues of Nanal have profiled the roles Nagarathar stalwarts played in education, banking and industry. We now turn our focus to the dynamic role they played in the world of entertainment.

Celebrated Temples & Unique Festivals

by Meena Viswanathan

Temples are an important influence on the Nagarathar lifestyle. Nagarathar are known for their patronage of temples. Even today, there are Nagarathar owned trusts that supervise the temple festivals. This is considered an honor and a duty. In this issue of Nanal, we will highlight festivals across Chettinad that are specific only to that particular temple and select temples outside India to which our community is linked in some way or other.

Entrepreneur Alagu Periyannan

by Meena Annamalai
Co-Founder and CTO, Blue Jeans Network

Parents: Jaya & Periyannan

Spouse: Theivanai

Village: Kandramanickam

Entrepreneurs - An Inherent Trait of Nagarathar

by: Ramanathan Vairavan, Nithya Vaduganathan & Chitra Kannan

The East India Company headquartered in Madras in the 18th century needed dependable intermediaries for the British to interact with the local communities. As a community that derived its name from the Sanskrit word “Shresti” meaning “member of a merchant guild”, the Chettiars were the obvious choice as they pioneered as traders and financiers.

Mrs. Visalakshi Ramaswamy - M.Rm.Rm Cultural Foundation

By Meena Annamalai

Mrs. Visalakshi Ramaswamy and her M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation will long be remembered in the annals of Chettinad history for wonderful contributions made to preserving the crafts and culture of our community. She is ardent about preserving the treasures handed down to us from our ancestors and transfering the knowledge to future generations to save these crafts from extinction. She happened upon this passion for Chettinad handicrafts in 1996 when she worked with Mr. S. Muthiah and Mrs.

Entrepreneur - Subbu Meiyappan

Co-Founder and VP of Engineering, NextNav LLC,

In NANAL’s search for Nagarathar Entrepreneurs, we are excited to interview a young, dynamic entrepreneur Subbu Meiyappan, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at NextNav, an innovative location based services company headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. Trained at Stanford University as a VLSI design researcher, he co-founded NextNav in 2009 along with his two partners - friends and colleagues at Qualcomm. He is one of the few researchers who is creating major technological shift through his passion for innovation.

Chettinad Architecture

urban language, aesthetics, spatial planning and identity

Chettinad houses are a blend of colonial architecture and palace style houses with traditional architectural styles used dexterously with European groove and influences from various other parts of the world. This became possible because of the extensive travel undertaken by the Chettiars on business trips.

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