List of Nadars
Nadars are a caste from the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and from a few parts of Kerala. Nowadays, Nadars occupy various positions, including education, politics and mostly retail business.
Below is a list of Nadars who have contributed in different fields.
Ayya Nadar, founder of Ayyan Group of Companies
Shanmuga Nadar, founder of Standard Fireworks and other firework industries in Sivakasi
S. P. Adithanar, founder of Dina Thanthi
Shiv Nadar, founder and CEO of HCL Technologies
Selvarathinam, founder of Saravana Stores,Chennai
M. G. Muthu , founder of MGM Group of Companies and MGM Dizzee World
V. G. Panneerdas, founder of VGP Group of Companies
G.Munusamy, founder of Gold Winner
R. G. Chandramogan, founder of Arun Icecreams
P. Rajagopal, founder of Hotel Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants.
H. Vasanthakumar, founder of Vasanth & Co and Vasanth TV.
V. R. Muthu, CEO and son of founder of Idhayam oil
K. P. Kandasamy, founder of Dinakaran
F.V.Arul former I.G of police and Director of C.B.I.
Admiral O. S. Dawson Former Chief of the Naval staff.
Suzhil Kumar Former Indian Army Chief.
Walter Devaram former D.G.P of police.
K. Kamaraj, Former chief minsiter of tamilnadu and former president of AICC and TNCC
W.P.A. Soundrapandian Nadar-A leader of Nadar Mahajan Sangam and Member of Madras Legislative Council
P. Thanulinga Nadar, former president of Hindu Munnani
S.Ponnusamy Nadar, First M.L.A of Tuticorin,and freedom fighter 
V. V. Ramasamy Nadar, Self Respect movement
Marshal Nesamony, politician
A. V. P. Asaithambi, Self Respect Movement and later DMK leader.
K. P. Kandasamy, founder of Dinakaran
V. Radhika Selvi, minister of state for home affairs.
Pon Radhakrishnan, former minister of state in the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation
Aladi Aruna, polititician, former law minister
Poongothai Aladi Aruna, Minister for Social Welfare. (Alangulam constituency)
P. Geetha Jeevan, Minister of Animal Husbandry.
P. H. Pandian, MP , former Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly.
C. Aranganayagam, former Educational Minister of Tamilnadu.
K. P. Kandasamy, former Minister of Tamilnadu.
Kadambur Janarthanan, Ex M.P of Nellai constituency & ex Central Minister
Sarguna Pandian, Tamil Nadu Politician from Chennai
Anitha Radhakrishnan, AIADMK ex minister
A. Chidambaranatha Nadar, veteran politician
Kunjan Nadar, veteran politician
R. Thamaraikani, former Tamil politician
Parisutha Nadar, Tanjavur, Congress Veteran.
R. Ponnappan Nadar, Nagerkovil, Congress Veteran.
N. Dennis, Parliamentarian (6 term 07,08,09,10,11,12 Lok Sabha)
K. T. Kosalram, Parliamentarian (3 term 06,07,08 Lok Sabha)
R. Dhanuskodi Athithan, a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India (5 term 08,09,10,11,14 Lok Sabha)
K. T. K. Thangamani, a barrister and communist leader.
Tamilisai Soundarrajan, President, Tamil Nadu B.J.P
Kumari Anandan, former Tamil Nadu Congress Chief.
M. John Vincent, (former MLA, Tamilnadu Assembly - (Nanguneri Constituency)
Ganapathy Nadar, Thiruchendur, Congress Veteran.
D. S. Adhimoolam Nadar, Swathanthra Party leader and community reformer from Mukkudal.
N.Soundra Pandian, (1923 - 1999) former MLA (Radhapuram Constituency).
Rajammal Samraj, Ex.M.L.A Tuticorin constituency.
N. Periasamy, Ex M.L.A of Thoothukudi.
Ayya Vaikundar (1809-1851) (real name Muthukutty), founder and preceptor of the Ayyavazhi sect. Considered to be an avatar of the Hindu god Narayana.
D. G. S. Dhinakaran founder of "Jesus Calls"
Vijay Amritraj, first Indian ever to reach a Wimbledon Quarter finals.
Manuel Aaron, India's first International Chess Master and the first chess player to be honored with the Arjuna Award
Helen Mary, Goal-keeper, Indian Hockey Team which won gold medal for India in the Manchester Commonwealth Games,2002
Ashok Amritraj, a Hollywood producer
Sarath Kumar, Tamil cinema actor
Harris Jeyaraj, music director. 
Hari, Famed Movie Director of popular movies such as Saamy, Arul, Tamirabarani, etc.
A. R. Murugadoss, Film maker
Sathyaneshan Nadar, (Satyan) Malayalam film actor
Ramarajan, Tamil cinema actor
Seeman, Tamil cinema director
Charle, Tamil comedian
Dr.(Tmt). Poongothai Aladi Aruna: Daughter of the former politician,Aladi Aruna, is currently a social welfare minister(DMK).
V. Radhika Selvi is the wife of the renowned late Nadar community leader Venkatesha Pannaiyar. Radhika Selvi is right now a central minister(DMK). This is a photo of Radhika Selvi and Venkatesha Pannaiyar's son, Rakshan Achintya. The baby-boy is already quite famous among the Nadar community and also known as 'Kutti Pannaiyar'(Meaning:'Little Pannaiyar').
K. Kamaraj Former Indian National Congress President, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Aladi Aruna (V Arunachalam) - Former Law Minister, Written 3 books in Tamil and 3 books in English.
M.John Vincent - (former MLA, Tamilnadu Assembly - Nanguneri Constituency)
Parisutha Nadar- Tanjavur, Congress Veteran.
Ganapathy Nadar-Thiruchendur, Congress Veteran.
A M Selvaraj Nadar-Arumuganeri, Congress Veteran.
Ponnappa Nadar-Nagerkovil, Congress Veteran.
Marshall Nesamani, freedom fighter, father of kanyakumari district, M.P
Chidambaranatha Nadar, Nagercoil, Congress Leader.
N. Dennis - Parliamentarian (6 term 07,08,09,10,11,12 Lok Sabha)
K.T.K. Kosalram - Parliamentarian (3 term 06,07,08 Lok Sabha)
R. Dhanuskodi Athithan - A member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India (5 term 08,09,10,11,14 Lok Sabha)
AVP AasaiThambi - Power Self Respect Movement and later DMK leader.
V V Ramasamy Nadar- Advocate of Self Respect Movement and DMK leader.Ex MP
S D Adhimoolam Nadar- Swathanthra Party leader and community reformer from Mukkudal.
N.Soundra Pandian- (1923 - 1999) Former MLA (Radhapuram Constituency), former President (Dhakshinamara Nadar Sangam), former President (Farmers wing, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee)
Vasanthakumar- President, Tamil Nadu Trade Congress, M.L.A.
K T K Thangamani- a barrister and communist leader.
Tamilisai Soundararajan- President, Tamil Nadu B.J.P
Thiru Kumari Anandan- Former Tamil Nadu Congress Chief.
Sarath Kumar - Tamil film actor cum politician.
Ramarajan- Tamil film actor / former parliamentarian.
S.Mani Nadar- MLA (TMC), represented the recently famed Sathankulam constituency.
Dr.(Tmt). Poongothai Aladi Aruna - Minister for Social Welfare. (Alangulam constituency) -
P.H. Pandian, MP - Former Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly.
C.Aranganayagam- Former Educational Minister of Tamilnadu.
K.P.Kandasamy- Former Minister of Tamilnadu.
Tamaraikanni - Famous Tamilnadu politician. (Satur constituency)
Pon. Radhakrishnan - Member of Parliament.
Rajammal Samraj - Ex.M.L.A Tuticorin constituency.
V. Radhika Selvi - Minister of State for home affairs.
N.P. Geetha Jeevan - Minister of Animal Husbandry.
N.Periasamy - Ex M.L.A of Thoothukudi.
Kadambur Janarthanam- Ex M.P of Nellai constituency & ex Central Minister
Mrs. Sarguna Pandian- Famous Tamil Nadu Politician from Chennai
Mr. Sundaran - Kerala Assembly Deputy Speaker
Mr. Neela Logithasan- Former Kerala Misnister
Shiv Nadar ,CEO of HCL, is today a leader in the IT industry, employing 51,000 professionals, has a global presence in 18 countries spanning locations in the US, Europe, Japan, ASEAN & the Pacific Rim and a pan India presence across 360 points. His net worth is US $ 4.4 billion, making him the richest Tamilian.
Shiv Nadar Chairman of HCL Infosystems (HCL Insys), HCL Technologies (HCL Tech).
Dr V.G. Santhosam- Industrialist who pioneered hire purchase scheme in the early 50s in Tamil Nadu and is the chairman of VGP group of companies who are leaders in shopping malls, travel and tourism in Tamil Nadu.
V .G. Paneerdas - Founder of V G P Group of Companies, Chennai.
M.G.Muthu - Chairman of M G M group of companies, M G M Disney land
A.Shanmugham Nadar- Founder of Standard fireworks and other firework companies in Sivakasi. Cousin of P. Ayya Nadar.
P. Raja Gopal Nadar - Founder of Hotel Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants.
S.Jeyachandran Nadar - Jeyachandran Group of Textiles, Jewellery, Real Estate, Constructions, Jeyachandran Textiles, RamaChandran Textiles
Mr. Selvarathinam - Saravana Stores, Madras.
Vasantha Kumar - M/s Vasanth & Co.
V.V.Dhanushkodi Nadar - Founder of V. V. D Group of Companies, Tuticorin.
Muthu - M/s Idhayam Gingelly Oil Company.
R.G. Chandramohan - M/s Arun Ice-creams.
S.G.Jayaraj Nadar - M/S SGJ (www.sgjgroup.com)
J.P.Jeyasuresh Jayaraj Nadar - Managing Director, Jayaraj Group
A.D. Padmasingh Isaac - Founder M/S Aachi Masala (www.aachimasala.com)
A.D. Jeyaveerapandian Nadar - Famous businessman of Nagapattinam.
Gunasekaran Ayyanathan- Industrialist who pioneered the import of printing machinery in India. They hold a maximum share in printing cinema posters.(Safire group of industries)
Dr.K.Iyanar - CEO, TechnoMIKS USA.
T.P.S.Hariram Sait - Founder Sokkalal Sangeetha Sabai
Dr.Amarnath Prabhakar Ramsait- Industrialist
M.S.P.Solai Nadar- Industrialist
J.Chelladurai Nadar - JC Group of companies (www.jcresidency.com)
Arasan AMSG. Vijayayakumar- Arasan Group of Companies, Sivakasi.
S.G.Soundra Pandian Nadar - M/S Soundra Pandian Match Works www.rkmatch.com
V.N.P.R.Aiyaswamy Nadar - M/S V.N.P.R & Sons, Diamond Shipping (Tuticorin)
Dilip Gunasingh - Bell Group
Dr. A Besant C. Raj - CEO and Managing Director, Besant Raj International Ltd.
V.K. Chelliah Nadar - Famous Business Man of Burma
A.Chelladhurai ,founder,bell pins &bell groups , tirunelveli&sivakasi
Thiru. P. Ayya Nadar Father of Match and Fireworks and Education in Sivakasi
S.G.Jeyaraj Nadar - Kodaikanal, Generous Donor.
P. Ayya Nadar - Generous Donor, Sivakasi.
N.R.K Rajaratnam Generous Donor, Sivakasi.
A Shanmuga Nadar - Generous Donor, Sivakasi.
M.S.P Nadar - Generous Donor, Virudhunagar,
M.S.P Senthikumara Nadar - Generous Donor, Virudhunagar,
V.V.Vanniaperumal Nadar-Generous Donor, Virudhunagar.
Sundara Nadar-Generous Donor, Pattiveeranpatti
S.Vellaichamy Nadar - Generous Donor, Virudhunagar.
P.S.Chidambara Nadar -Generous Donor, Virudhunagar Nadar Mansion.
G.V.Vasan - Generous Donor, Madurai.
Authilingom - Generous Donor, Tirunelveli.
A.Chelladhurai,founder, bell pins& bell groups of companies, tirunelveli
Community Social Welfare Trusts and Foundations
Natarajan Dhamayanthi- Educational Trust, Nagapattinam
Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar Educational and Charitable Trust- A trust started by Shiv Nadar
V.S.K.Duraiswamy Nadar Trust & A.S.K.R. TRUST
Janaki Ammal Ayya Nadar Trust & P. Ayya Nadar- Charitable Trust,Sivakasi.
TDMNS College,T Kallikulam- Tirunelveli District
Thangappa Nadar-Mahamayee Trust- Chennai patronising Avvai Kappagam and Ramanujan Museum
Virudhunagar Hindu Nadar's V.Dhanaswamy Pariamaladevi Medical Trust- Blood bank and Old age Home
Sri Kaliswari Trust- Sri Kaliswari Group of Companies, Sivakasi
Nattathi Nadar Dharma Fund Hospital- Theni
V.M.Ganasabapathy Nadar - Saraswathiammal Charities Trust- Virudhunagar/Tuticorin promoting "Iyarkhai Nazha Vaalvu" practice in South Tamilnadu.
Pushpa Rathina Medical Charitable Trust- Madurai.
Annamalai Nadar Unnamalai Ammal Charities trust- runs Chinmaya Vidhyalaya Matriculation School in Tirunelveli
K.P.P.E.P. Memorial Trust- Theni
Aditanar Educational Institution- It is a society established by honorable S.P. Adityan. The Objective of the society is to uplift the poor and backward people of the rural area in and around Tiruchendur. At present the society runs six colleges.
Sivanthi Academy- Conducts coaching classes for many competitive examinations with no profit motive.
Guru Shenbagam Foundation Home- Madurai
Kamaraj Foundation of India- Library and Research Centre, Kamaraj Smaraka Hall, Thyvila Road, Thiruvananthapuram.
Idhayam Rajendran Trust - Virudhunagar supporting the Promotion of large eye donations in South TamilNadu.
Ambal Ramasamy Yoga Centre - Virudhunagar helping youth to get trained and practice in yoga, aerobics, good deiterary practices.
Admiral O.S.Dawson - Former Chief of the Naval Staff.
Walter Devaram I.P.S - Former DGP of Tamil Nadu .
Ravi Arumugam I.P.S - Former I.G of Police (1997 - 1999).
Sailendra Babu I.A.S. Former collector
Arul- I.G, Tamilnadu Police
Joseph Dawson I.P.S - Former DGP of Kerala.
Sunil Kumar - Chief of Indian Navy ,Rtd.
Suzhil Kumar - Indian Army Chief.
Sri.P.Ramaswamy - Judge.
Joseph- Regional Director of RBI, Chennai.
R. Richardson Asir- Former Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), S W Railways,Bangalore.
Dr. P. Daniel- Former Joint Director, Botanical Survey of India, Coimbatore.
Dr. (Mrs.) Rajam Authilingom- Prominent Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who pioneered the use of Ultrasound in South India.
Dr. M. Amarnath- Oral Maxilo Facial Surgeon
Dr.(Mrs.) Shefali Singh - Noted Psychiatrist
Dr. (Mrs.) Gigi Selvan- Ultrasonologist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Noted Consultant for infertility, DUB and high risk pregnancies .
Dr. Balasubramanian- Noted Nephrologist.
Dr. Antony Raj. Surgeon- Pioneered Laproscopic surgery in southern Tamilnadu.
Dr. Premkumar Joseph- Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Tirunelveli.
Dr. A. Francis Roy- Skilled Orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Premkumar - Pediatrician. Tuticorin.
Dr.Pugalagiri Vadamalayan - Chairman Kamaraj Memorial Medical Education and Research Trust, Madurai.
Dr.S.S.Annamalaisamy - Trustee, Kamaraj Memorial Medical Education and Research Trust.
Dr.S.Arul Rhaj - Trustee, Kamaraj Memorial Medical Education and Research Trust, Tuticorin
Dr.B. Sivanthi Adityan: Director of Daily Thanthi and a famous business magnet.
David Davidar CEO and publisher of Penguin Books and prominent writer.
Sam Rajappa- Famous journalist
Solomon Pappayya- Renowned speaker
Dr.B. Sivanthi Adityan - Founder of the leading Tamil Daily - Dinathanthi.
Miss. Rani Jayaraj- Miss World - (3rd runner up).
Education, science & technology
Dr. Gabriel D. Roy- Manager, Energy ConversionPropulsion Program, U.S. Navy.
Rt.Rev.Dr.G.RAJAKUMAR - St.John's International Residential School
Dr.H.S.S. Lawrence Director of School Education, Tamil Nadu, UNESCO Expert - Afghanistan
Dr. Paul Dhinakaran - Founder, Karuyna Educational Trust, Karunya University, Coimbatore
Dr.Ranjan Roy Daniel- World famous scientist, Padma Bhushan Awardee, C.V Raman award, Dean: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Secretary General - COSTED.
Prabanjan - Famous Tamil novelist.
Smt. M.Muthiah - National best teacher Awardee.
Dr.Muthunayagam -Chief : ISRO (Atomic Energy, Tumba Rocket Station)
M. S. S Pandian - Renowned social scientist
Dr.Kaliraj - Dean, Institute of Biotechnology, Anna University, Chennai.
Dr. R. Muthuswamy- Director, Dr. ALM PG IBMS, University of Madras, Taramani Campus, Chennai
Dr. M. Micheal Aruldhas- Director, Dr. ALM PG IBMS, University of Madras, Taramani Campus, Chennai
M.Shanmugavel (MS)- Editor Makkal Kural and Trinity Mirror newspapers, Chennai
Paul Raj- President's Best Headmaster Award Winner, Former Headmaster SHNV Hr Sec School, Sivakasi
A. Pown Raja- President's Best Principal Award Winner, Former Principal, ANJA College
The renowned actor-politician, R.Sarath Kumar, is a prominent person in the Nadar community.
Sarath Kumar - Tamil cinema actor
Harris Jeyaraj - Renowned music director.
A. R. Murugadoss - Film maker
Sathyaneshan Nadar Malayalam film actor
Hari - Famous film director
Pandiyarajan- Tamil actor
Ramarajan Tamil cinema actor
Charlie- Tamil comedian
Kanal Kannan- A stunt master in the Tamil flim industry.
Aaroor Doss (alias) Thiruvarur Jesudoss, Film script writer
Prof. Mysia Daniel- English Poetess, included in 'Whos Who in Asia and the Pacific Nations'.
V.S. Azariah- The first Indian Bishop consecrated by the Church of England
Bishop Ezra Sargunam - Founder, Evangelical Church of India.(www.pannaivilai.net)
Dr.D.G.S.Dhinakaran - The founder of the Jesus Calls Ministry.
Mudisoodum Perumal Ayyavazhi reformer established Brahmin-free worship system
Chairman Sri Sri Arunachala Samy Eral - spiritual person noted for healing the people's problems in Tuticorin and Thirunelveli regions.
Bala Prajapathi Adigalar - Ayya Vazhi spiritual head.
Enadhy Nayanar - one among the 63 Nayanmars belonging to Shanar tribe.
Thiruppugal Swami - Muthia Nadar of Kattunayakkanpatti, Kovilpatti Taluq having worship centres at Virudhunagar and Kattunayakkanpatti.
Vijay Amritraj, the tennis ace from India, is now known as a renowned tennis commentator and social-worker. He was awarded with the prestigious Pierre Coubertin Award by the United Nations in Paris, on November 1988. He was also awarded with the Indian Padma Shri for enhancing the prestige of India. His foundation, The Vijay Amritraj Foundation, was established to bring hope, help and healing to the defenseless and innocent victims of disease, tragedy and circumstance in India.
Vijay Amritraj - Famous tennis player and a renowned tennis commentator.
Smt. Helen Mary- Goal-keeper, Indian Hockey Team which won the GOLD for India in the Manchester Commonwealth Games,2002.
Manuel Aaron - India's first International Chess Master and the first chess player to be honored with the Arjuna Award.
Kiran Nadar- National Bridge Champion.
Mr.Rajarathnam - Captain of Indian kabadi team which won an Asian Gold.
W.P.A. Soundra Pandiyanar - renowned social reformer, leader of Self-Respect Movement, a follower of E.V. Ramasamy Naicker.
T.Rathinasamy Nadar, Porayar, Founder of the Nadar Mahajana Sangam.
Sivagnanm - Tamil writer and freedom fighter.
G.Karikolraj Nadar - Secretary of the Nadar Mahajana sangam
N.R.Dhanapalan - Tamil Nadu Nadar Peravai.
D.R.Sabapathy Nadar - Secretary Thirunelveli Dakshina Mara Nadar Sangam, Sindhu Poondhurai, Thirunelveli Junction.
S.S.S.Nathan- Joint Secretary, Thirunelveli Dakshina Mara Nadar Sangam, Sindhu Poondhurai, Thirunelveli Junction.
V.P.R.Gangaram Durairaj- Ex-Secretary, Nadar Mahajana Sangam
Rao Bahadur T.Rathinasamy Nadar, First Founder President NMS
Sivananda Pandian - Ex-Secretary of Nadar Mahajana Sangam.
R.Sudharsan- Ex-Treasurer Nadar Mahajana Sangam.
Thalamuthu Nadar - Kumbakonam, who lost life in crusade for Tamil language.
Kandan Sangaralinga Nadar - Virudhunagar - lost life in fasting to rename Madras Presidency as Tamil Nadu.
Poomani- researcher about the struggle waged by the Nadar community in Tirunelveli and Madurai districts during the 19th and 20th centuries
K. Rajayyan - Author of Nadar Charitrarahasyangal brought out Nadar Coordination Council, Trivandrum
Prof. P.Rajadurai - Researcher and author of Suyamariyadhai Iyakkathil Nadarhal Aatriya thondu.
Thanu Linga Nadar - Powerful advocate of Nadar Community of Kanyakumari District.
Arasa Raja-Edaichivizhai, Traditional Siddha practitionar and protector of local Nadar community of Thisayanvizhai.
Venkatesha Pannaiyar Nadar - Former leader of the All India Nadar Padukapu Pervai. Renowned Don in Tamil Nadu and a philanthropist for the Nadars.
(Karate) Selvin Nadar - Former don in the district of Tirunelveli
Rocket Raja Nadar - Renowned don of the Tirunelveli district
S.S.Singh Nadar- Tirunelveli.
Subash Pannaiyar Nadar- Brother of Venkatesha Pannaiyar Nadar
S.G.S.Binny Steevert NADAR- Don and Leader of the Nadar Padukapu Pervai in Nazareth.
Lingam Nadar - Kanyakumari.
Shembulingam Nadar - Kalakadu (Tirunelveli district).
Kapilan Nadar - Chennai.
Asaithambi Nadar - Chennai.
Vaikonda Rajan Nadar- Tiruchendhur(Thothukodi district)
Pagalavan- Former don in the district of Virudhunagar
J.Lijin Nadar (J.Joshua Rabek NADAR) - Don and Leader of the Nadar Padukapu Pervai in Mumbai.
Selvam - Nagercoil (Kanyakumari Dist)