E. Santhana Krishna Chettiyar was born on 2 March 1913, to Ethirajulu Chettiyar at Swamimalai near Thanjavur District. From a young age, he was inspired by Gandhi's determination to fight for India’s independence and was deeply interested in the ideologies of Rajaji and Kamaraj. He took part in the Salt satyagraha and Quit India Movements. He was arrested and imprisoned for 10 months in Alipore and Bellary Central jail in 1943. After independence, he engaged in weaving and contributed to the welfare of weavers. The Government of India, in 1972, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Indian Independence, awarded him a “Tamra Patra”. He passed away on 13 October 1933 at Swamimalai.
Interview with his elder son S. Jothi Raman
Certificate of the Superintendent, Central Jail Bellary, 15/9/2972