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K Maruthachalam  
K MaruthachalamBesides being one of the best when it comes to nature photography or industrial photography in Coimbatore,
K Maruthachalam
is also a pioneer in digital photography.

He took to farming after his schooling and it was then that his interest in photography became a passion. He had his first camera when he was still in school; an Alfa Klik 3. But in those days neither literature on photography nor photographic equipment were readily available.

A self-taught photographer, he was into nature photography early on in his career and he started shooting birds and insects in the very farm that he lived on. From the 70s onwards he hit the international scene and many of his photographs were accepted for international exhibitions. In the course of time he was awarded a 5 star rating having more than 500 acceptances in international exhibitions. Currently, he holds a Diamond star rating.

Today he is the proprietor of Photo Centre in Coimbatore - certainly the best when it comes to digital photography. He is also much sought after for the kind of quality that he provides at all his labs. People from as far as Chennai prefer to have their films processed and printed at Photo Centre. He started this venture when he did not receive the kind of quality that he wanted in printing. His greatest recognition has been his acceptance in the Photographic Society of America in which very few Indian photographers find a place.

G D Naidu
A G Govindarajulu
K G Balakrishnan
S K Maeilanandhan
Dr N Mahalingam
K Damodaraswami Naidu
Professor A S Gnanasambandan
Abdul Rahman
M S Subbulakshmi
M Balamuralikrishna
A R Rahman
Rukmini Devi Arundale
K Maruthachalam
S K Maeilanandhan  
S K MaeilanandhanBorn into a family which made its living out of agriculture, S K Maeilanandhan (SKM) started out as a general stores merchant in 1965. Today more than three decades later, he is the Chairman and Managing Director of the SKM group.

Realising the untapped potential in the fertiliser business, SKM started an agency for the distribution of fertiliser. What made him switch over from the family occupation of agriculture to the distribution of fertiliser was his drive and determination to make it big in life. He then diversified into poultry farming and took up an agency for animal feeds. A few years later, in 1981, he promoted his own agro-based small scale industrial unit SKM Energy Animal Feeds Private Ltd. The company produced 36,000 tonnes of animal feed in its very first year of operation. Within a decade the company achieved a growth of 600%.

He founded the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Welfare Association in 1983, to champion the cause of the poultry farmers. The association played a key role in the removal of sales tax on poultry feed in Tamil Nadu in 1989 and in the introduction of eggs in the state government's noon meal programme.

SKM is also the editor of a Tamil monthly magazine on Poultry titled Kozhi Nanban (Chicken's friend), which is a guide for poultry farmers on modern management and marketing. He is presently the National Vice President of the National Egg Coordination Committee (NEEC), that fixes egg rates every week.
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