Famous Chennaites You Need to Know

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Chennai has many famous sons and daughters, from pop-stars to famous actors and Nobel Prize winners. Let us introduce you to the most famous Chennaites you need to know!


Aravind Bremanandam – born in Thoothukudi he has set up base in Chennai during his studies and has been a loyal son of the city ever since. Chennai is the base of operations of the Travel Scientists and the famous Rickshaw Challenge, Aravind Bremandandam’s epic brainchildren, offering drive-your-own-rickshaw rallies all across South India to the adventurous (and a bit crazy). Additionally he offers high quality, yet affordable accommodation to travellers at Elements Hostel & Guesthouse.

Ashok Amritraj – is an Indian-American film producer who was once a professional tennis player. Amritraj has produced over 100 films, both in Hollywood and in Tamil cinema.

C.V. Raman – was an Indian physicist who won the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in light scattering. He discovered the Raman scattering and the Raman effect.

Engelbert Humperdinck – is a British Indian pop-singer, born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras (today’s Chennai). He was a successful singer in the UK and the US and represented Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2012.

Indra Nooyi – the chairperson and the CEO of Pepsi Co. She is also ranked in the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, coming in at number 13 in Forbes’ list.

Rajinikanth – was not born in Chennai, but has become one of the most famous Chennaites you need to know, if not even the most famous one. He is now one of the superstars of Tamil cinema and is the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.

Sivaji Ganesan – was one of India’s most famous actors, starting out on stage and eventually moving into cinema during the golden age of Tamil cinema.

Vishwanathan Anand – is India’s very first grandmaster in chess and was the former world champion in chess.

Now that you know who the most famous Chennaites are, maybe you’ll even meet one of them during your stay at Elements Hostel!

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