S. Muthiah, Indian historian, Died at 89

Subbiah Muthiah was born on April 13, 1930, and died on April 20, 2019, he was an Indian writer, journalist, cartographer, amateur historian and heritage activist known for his writings on the political and cultural history of Chennai city.

He was the founder of the fortnightly newspaper Madras Musings and the principal organiser of the annual Madras Day celebrations. Subbiah is also the founder-President of the Madras Book Club.


Subbiah was born in Pallathur in the Ramnad community of Madras Presidency, British India in a Nagarathar family on 13 April 1930.

Subbiah had his first schooling in Ladies’ College, S. Thomas’ Preparatory School and Royal College in Colombo[ and completed his matriculation in India in 1946.

From 1946 and 1951, Subbiah studied arts and engineering in the United States of America and returned to Ceylon after obtaining his master’s degree in International Relations in 1951.

Subbiah Muthiah passed away at the age of 89.