Kalidas was born on 8th December, 1942 at Kumbakonam.

Academic Background

He did his total Schooling in Ramakrishna Mission Main School in T. Nagar, Chennai. He then pursued his AMIE Engineering course and in the course of time he was admitted as a Fellow Member of the Institution of Engineers, India. At a later date he was also admitted as a Professional Individual Member of the All India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi.

Student Days

He was a strong NCC Cadet and also was a good Tennis Player. For Tennis he was personally coached by Mr.Rama Rao, popular Tennis Coach in Chennai those days. He was also a keen Cricket Player.


He got married to Ms Ambuja in 1966 and became proud father of 3 Sons, Messrs Srinivas Kalidas, Sanjay Kalidas and Shiva Kalidas.

Industrial Background

He first joined Ranga Structurals of famous “Sathyanarayana Brothers” at Poonamallee, Chennai and was with them for 3 years from 1959 to 1961. With this experience, Mr.Kalidas was a great support to Mr.V.D.Swami and Mr.V.Muthukrishnan to start their own family Industry under the name and style of “Kaveri Structurals” in 1962. Kaveri Structurals started as a partnership firm with family members only as partners in the beginning, in the course of time became public limited company under the name and style of “Kaveri Engineering Industries Limited”.

It was Mr.Kalidas who contributed greatly in developing the Industry from a mere Structural Fabricating Unit to a major Capital Goods (Machinery) manufacturer to cater the needs of Fertilizer, Chemical, Petro Chemical and Oil based Industries both in the Public Sector and Private Sector. The Company was closely competing with two majors (L&T and BHPV) engaged in the same line. The important Customers of the Company included ONGC, IOCL, BPCL, HOCL, IPCL, BHEL, FACT, SAIL, MRL, CRL,TPL, MFL and many such leading Companies. Kaveri Engineering Industries Limited was employing around 2000 Workmen, Staff and Executives.

Mr.Kalidas was identified as Pioneer in the export of Steel Structurals for the first time to Middle East; also in the first export of Pressure Vessels to Oil Refineries in Iran. The Pressure Vessels / Heat Exchangers used to be imported only by the Country for the requirements of Refineries Chemicals and Petro Chemical Industries. Mr.Kalidas created the Record as regards Pressure Vessels and Special Equipments of his Company as import replacement and also created further Record by effecting export of these items for the first time from India.