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A multi-faceted philanthropist and educationist leaves me with an unfulfilled void

Submitted by on April 25, 2013 – 5:25 amOne Comment


Many have come and gone but the departing of this noble soul has left me grieving. My uncle Mr. Sivanthi Adityan left us on the night of Friday, April 19th.

Many knew him as a the most pioneering newspaper baron, who ran the largest Tamil Daily ‘Daily Thanthi’ in Chennai India. Still many knew him as the man behind the growth of sports in India, especially Volleyball.

Internationally he was known for his activities as the former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chief and for his active participation and membership at the Indian Olympic Association, as well as his well served tenures as the President of the Olympic Council of Asia.

In 1996, he received the Olympic Order of Merit from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The award was conferred by Sheikh Ahmad-Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President, Olympic Council of Asia, at the council meeting during the Asian Games 2010. It was indeed a very proud moment for all of us.


But to me he was the man who shaped my success and my personality. He was a man of few words but every word would have in me a lasting impression.

He showed me the world in a different light, introduced me to the world of sports, entrepreneurship, fine wines and some unimaginable experiences – be it in travel, in social events or simply experiencing wildlife during late night safaris.

Every success of mine was something he personally applauded, and enjoyed as if it was his own accomplishment. Simple words, like ‘you make us proud’ delivered in such a tone that churned my heart wanting myself to achieve more.

My best moments with him have been spending my childhood in his estates at Kodiakanal, I grew up admiring him, watching him take decisions, help people, and keep a close knit family. Family to him extended beyond direct family members to include his friends.

His advises were profound, his judgements to situations were unparalleled.

More then being a perfect gentleman, a successful businessman and a superb sportsman, he radiated humbleness, caring and touched every person who crossed his path.

I learnt 3 great qualities from him;

Humility is a rare virtue and the most refined of all – he taught me to be humble, caring and sincere in helping people who needed most

Charity if flaunted depreciates in value – I learnt from him that you help people with needs quietly. To him helping people was not really a favor, his perspective was you do it because you want to do it and not for a pat on your back

Live life to the fullest, enjoy every moment of what you have and be brave enough to try something new, don’t despise people and don’t show your powers, as it does not elevate you in any way


Today, I am deprived of my hero, my mentor and my guiding spirit. A very big personal loss indeed. So, I can only conclude with these words:

“Although no words can really help me ease my pain,
He will be missed always, but quietly remembered every day”

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