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From School dropout to billionaire

From School dropout to billionaire

P. Suresh and his brother, P. Rajagopal, grew up in Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala. Their father, R. Padamanabha Potti, ran a little Udupi restaurant. Their mother, R. Kasiammal, was a homemaker. The two brothers were the only boys among their seven siblings.

Their family moved to Chennai in 1978, where they ran two outlets. These two outlets were not up to the mark, and the brothers witnessed the financial struggles that their family was facing.

Rajagopal, at 22 years old, decided to study Chartered Accountancy. However, 17-year-old Suresh decided to make a name for his family right away, and he went on to explore the food industry.

In 1985, Suresh opened the first ever Sangeetha restaurant opposite the Madras High Court. Rajagopal joined his brother shortly afterward, dropping out of his CA course to help him open another restaurant.


The second Sangeetha restaurant was opened in 1990, near the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore. Suresh and Rajagopal began Sangeetha with authentic South Indian food.

However, the brand has expanded its repertoire since then. Today, Sangeetha serves all sorts of cuisines under one roof.

In 1998, the brothers started spreading their brand to various spots in Chennai. In 2001, they even started to bring Sangeetha abroad.

The Sangeetha restaurant chains have over 54 outlets today. These outlets are in places like Chennai, Dubai, Malaysia, the United States, London, and Hong Kong.

Their 17th restaurant outside of the country will be opening in Qatar. Sangeetha has around eight franchises where they hold stakes.

Although its founders started out as poor dropouts, their brand now makes ₹300 crore per year. However, despite its large breadth, Sangeetha always sticks to its motto of providing customers with quality food and service as their first priority.

Suresh and Rajagopal have worked hard to become as successful as they have been, and they are always working to make sure that their customers have the best possible experience at their outlets.

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