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V. Swami

An auditorium dedicated in memory of philanthropist VD Swami.

Ratan Tata, Azim Premji, Shiv Nadar

Venkatarama Doraiswami (1910–1993) was an Indian industrialist and philanthropist who was one of the founders of the eye hospital Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai.



An auditorium dedicated in memory of philanthropist VD Swami.

Swami was born in 1910 in Melattur in Tanjore District. In 1956, Swami founded V. D. Swami and Company in Madras along with M. V. Subramaniam and T. S. Narayanaswami of Sanmar Group. V. D. Swami and Company are pioneers in the steel export business. and one of Asia's major wholesalers and retailers. Swami was also one of the promoters of Kaveri Engineering Company Limited, a capital machinery and process machinery manufacturing company based in Tiruchirappalli.

Other activities

The Sankara Nethralaya family mourns the death of a generous friend.

In 1962, Swami attended a Bhagavata Mela performance in his native Melattur. Interested in promoting the art outside Melattur, Swami founded the Melattur Bhagavata Mela Natya Vidhya Sangam in 1964.

A man wearing eyeglasses and a white polo shirt while talking.

Swami was instrumental in persuading medical practitioner S. S. Badrinath to set up the eye hospital Sankara Nethralaya in Madras. He also designed welfare measures for its employees. In honor of his significant contributions, Sankara Nethralaya dedicated an auditorium to his memory during the celebration of his 100th birth anniversary.


Arvind Swamy, son of V. D. Swami, with a mustache, wearing a white polo shirt with a man wearing a brown polo shirt.

Swami died in Madras in 1993.


V. D. Swami Welcome to VDSwami and Company

Swami was the husband of Bharathnatyam dancer Vasantha Swamy and the father of prominent south Indian actor Arvind Swamy.


V. D. Swami Wikipedia

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