A commemorative postage stamp on A. V. Meiyappan (AVM), an Indian film maker, founder of AVM Productions in Vadapalani, Chennai :

Avichi Meiyappa Chettiar (AVM)Issued by India

Issued on Jan 22, 2006

Type : Stamp, Mint Condition

Colour : Multi Colour

Denomination : 500 Paise

Stamps Printed : 0.6 Million

Printing Process : Photogravure

Printer : India Security Press, Nashik

Name : Avichi Meiyappa Chettiar

Born on Jul 28, 1907 at Karaikudi, Madras Presidency, British India

Died on Aug 12, 1979 at Madras, India

About : 

  • AV. Meiyappan, popularly known as AVM, and the founder of AVM Studios, was born on 28.07.1907 at Karaikudi, a small town in what is now Tamil Nadu. His father ran a provisions store in Karaikudi, named “AV & Sons”, and sale of gramophone records was a part of its business. AVM joined his father’s business as a teenager, but he soon foresaw a great future in entertainment business and decided to produce gramophone records. He promoted Saraswathi Stores, now in Chennai, and produced gramophone records. Later he ventured into technical collaboration with a German company, and the songs recorded in Madras were processed in Germany and marketed under the “Odeon” label. Breaking away from the tradition of producing classical music only, AVM released records of folk songs and patriotic songs, and struck gold.