Tuesday, 26 April 2011

This is a List of Tamils of Sri Lanka by their country of domicile or origin

This is a List of Tamils of Sri Lanka by their country of domicile or origin. All communities that speak Tamil or spoke Tamil and originally came from Sri Lanka are included. Tamils of Sri Lanka today are a trans-national minority and are found across the globe.

Historical figures

Eelattu Poothathevanar - Sangam era poet
Ellalan - B.C.E Tamil King in Sri Lanka.
Cankilli I (1519–1560) - a prominent king of The Jaffna Kingdom.
Cankilli II Last King of Jaffna (1617–1619).
Pandara Vannian - Leading rebel Vanni chieftain who was defeated by the British colonials in 1811.
Arumaipperumal (died 1803) - Leading rebel Batticaloa chieftain who was captured by the British colonials in 1803.
Velupillai Prabhaharan - Tamil liberation leader fought against Sri Lankan army.
Religious figures
Arumuka Navalar - Hindu reformer and author of books from Jaffna.
Yoga Swamy - Hindu ascetic from Jaffna.
Vipulananda - Hindu reformer and author of books.
Remo Samuel - Hindu preacher and Tamil comedian.
Sivath Thamizh Chelvi Thangamma Appakuddy - Hindu preacher and reformer
Hon. Justice V.Manicavasagar - Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.
Literary figures
Kumaraswamy Pulavar- Tamil scholar(Poet) & Hindu activist.
Ananda Coomaraswamy Orientialist and author.
C.W. Thamotharampillai - Editor/publisher of classical Tamil poetry and grammar. The oldest extant written work in Tamil, Tolkapiyam - Porulathikaram, was discovered and published by him with a commentary.
Dominic Jeeva - Author and social activist.
Muttukumara Kavirajar (1780—1851)Tamil Poet & Hindu activist.
Pandithamani S. Kanapathipillai Tamil scholar.
V. Akilesapillai - Author and Hindu activist.
kavinjar Vellavoor Gopal - Researcher and Poet -http://www.scribd.com/doc/24695323/Mattakkalappu-Varalaru
Ravi Sathasivam - English poet

Civil servants

Sir Velupillai Coomaraswamy, CMG, CCS - Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence
V. Parameswaran, SLAS - former Senior Deputy Rubber Controller, Rubber Control Department of Sri Lanka
Nataraja Vamadeva - Former Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, Additional Secretary Ministry of Trade and Shipping, Chairman of Urban Development Authority, Chairman Fertilizer Corporation, Commissioner of Marketing Department.


Rear Admiral Rajan Kadiragamar, MVO, RCyN - former Captain of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Major General Y. Balarathnerajah, VSV, USP,ndc, SLAC - Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army (June 10, 1992 - September 30, 1992).
Air Vice Marshal Ravi Arunthavanathan - Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Air Force and current Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence
Air Vice Marshal A. Kumaresan RSP,USP,psc.
Brigadier E.G. Thevanayagam, VSV - Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (1984–1986).
Brigadier R.T. Thambaiah
Air Commodore C.E. Puvimanasinghe
Colonel R. Kumaranayagam E.D - Served Ceylon Light Infantry in World War II and was also Deputy Commandant of the Ceylon Army Volunteer Force.
Captain S. Kadiragamar - One of the first two officers to attend Staff Collage Course in Camberley, UK.


Radhika Coommaraswamy – Human Rights activist and United Nations representative for violence against women and children.
Dr.Rajini Thiranagama - Murdered Human Rights activist and author of books.
Chelvy Thiyagarajah Feminist
Fr. Mary Bastian Human Rights activist allegedly murdered by Srilankan army personnel.
Rev. Chandra Fernando Murdered Human rights activist and Batticaloa citizens committee member.
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Director of Center for Policy Alternatives, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Dr.Rajan Hoole Professor and Human Rights activist of the University Teachers' for Human Rights UTHR(J) and author of books.
Ketheesh Loganathan, Assassinated Deputy Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat of the government of Sri Lanka.
Paris Sabalingam Publisher and Activist .
Fr. Thiruchelvam Nihal Jim Brown - Activist parish priest gone missing since August 20, 2006. He is presumed dead.


Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu - Former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain. The Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium was built in his honour.
Umesh Walloopillai - Tennis Davis Cup player.
Sanjeev Paramanathan - Tennis Davis Cup Player.
V.S. Kumar Anandan "Azhikumaran Anandan" - Multiple Guinness World Records holder in swimming.
Dr. Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam - High Jump - Olympic Games and Asian Games - 1950s. Winner of Sri Lanka's first Gold Medal in international track and field competition (High Jump, 1958 Asian Games).
Mahadevan Sathasivam - One of the best cricket batsmen produced by Ceylon.
Russel Arnold - Sri Lankan Cricketer.
Deepika Chanmugam - Elite swimmer. Bagged 7 gold medals at the 1991 South Asian Games.
Ravi Sathasivam - National and International Spring Board / Platform Diver - 1975 (SSC)
Suresh Joachim - Canada's biggest Guinness World Record holder
P.V. Gopalakrishnan - National Table Tennis Player and Secretary of Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka


Claude Selveratnam - Radio Ceylon Journalist
S.P.Mylvaganam - Radio Ceylon first Tamil journalist
Mylvaganam Nimalarajan - Murdered journalist, BBC reporter. Murdered by an armed gang on order from Sri Lankan military Intelligence Service.
Taraki Sivaram - A reputed journalist and military analyst editor of Tamilnet news website, author of books brutally killed by SriLankan armed forces.
Aiyathurai Nadesan - Murdered journalist of Virakesari newspaper
Subramaniam Sivanayagam - Prominent journalist, editor, editor of Saturday Review from Jaffna and an author of books.
K.S.Raja - Popular Radio Ceylon announcer
Richard de Zoysa - Part Tamil journalist, actor and political activist.
Nadarajah Sethurupan - Norwegian Tamil journalist, ditor, editor of ILANKAI.COM
Sharthaar Jameel - Srilankan Tamil Radio and TV Broadcaster and Political analysts.


A.K.Karunakaran- Prominent classical music literate (Popular Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation-Karnatic music).
Poongothai Ratnavadivel- Up and coming Carnatic musician
Thirumurai Chemmani P.V. Raman- Carnatic Musician and Thevarm Othuvar,Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation


A.Ragunathan Popular Tamil Film Actor/Director/Writer
Pararajasingam Popular Tamil people/Tamil Folk singer/composer
A.E.Manoharan Popular Tamil Baila singer/composer
Rukmani Devi Popular Sinhalese film actress of Tamil origin
Kumar Navaratnam Pop singer
Krishan Maheson Tamil hiphop artist


Rev. Fr. Peter Alcantara Pillai, OMI -(1905-1964)He was the top Scholar in Sri Lanka with 3 Ph D's.
Xavier Thaninayagam - Tamil scholar, Author and historian.
K.Kailasapathi First Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jaffna.
Karthigesu Indrapala Historian from University of Jaffna now living in Australia
A. Joseph Chandrakanthan Founding Head and First Senior Lecturer in the Department of Christian and Islamic Civilizations at the University of Jaffna, prominent Catholic Scholar and Theologian.
Dr Selladurai Gunasingam,Historian and Anthropologist.Visiting Professor at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA on a Fulbright academic award in 1980. History Lecturer at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from 1968 to 1980. Has many publications to his credit mainly on Trincomalee, including his famous book on "Koneswaram". Now living in London, UK.
S.K Sitrampalam Prominent historian from University of Jaffna and author of books.
Karthigesu Sivathamby Prominent Tamil scholar, sociologist and author of books.
Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole- Senior Professor and Vice Chancellor, University of Jaffna on special leave
S. Pathmanathan Prominent Historian best known for his expertise on the Kingdom of Jaffna.
Viswanather Casipillai President Jaffna Hindu Board, Co-founder of Jaffna Hindu College, Founder of Parvathy Maha Vidyalayam and other Educational Institutions.
Arumugam Canagaratnam Chairman of the First Urban Council of Jaffna and Founder of Canagaratnam Maha Vidyalayam (formerly Stanley College)in Jaffna
Alakaiah Thurairajah Former Dean Engineering Faculty, University of Peradeniya, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Jafffna.
Markandan Rubavathanan Linguist and writer, Lecturer at Uva Wellassa University. Badulla Sri Lanka.
Prof. S.Sandrasegaram, current Dean of Faculty of Education, University of Colombo[11]
Sachi Sri Kantha inter-disciplinary biologist and author, now living in Japan.
Rajaratnam Rukshan, Lecturer.
Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva - former Minister Home Affaires of the State Council and member of the Legislative Council
Arunachalam Sabapathy - Member of Ceylon Legislative Council, Educationist- one of the founders of Jaffna Hindu College, Editor of Hindu Organ, President of Jaffna Association
T M Sabaratnam - Member of Ceylon Legistlative Council 1924, President of the Vattrapalai Kannagi Amman Kovil Trust.
Alfred Duraiappah - M.P.for Jaffna from 1960 to 1964 and ex-Mayor of Jaffna
Appapillai Amirthalingam - Leader of the TULFand Leader of the Opposition, from 1977 to 1983.
Bala Tampoe - Veteran Trade Unionist
Douglas Devananda - Government Minister and Member of Parliament representing EPDP party.
G.G. Ponnambalam – Politician, pre- and post- independence. Minister
Joseph Pararajasingham - Tamil National Alliance MP representing Batticaloa constituency.
Kumar Ponnambalam - Tamil nationalist politician and human rights activist. Ex Leader of ACTC.
Lakshman Kadirgamar – PA nominated MP and ex-Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka.
Sir Muthu Coomaraswamy – First Asian to be knighted, father of author Ananda Coomaraswamy[6]
Nadesan - Pre-independence politician
N. Shanmugathasan - Veteran Communist Party Leader
Nadarajah Raviraj - TNA member of parliament.
Neelan Tiruchelvam – Tamil Member of Parliament TULF
Periya Sundram - Founder member of CWC or Indian Tamils workers congress in Sri Lanka
Rajavarothiam Sampanthan - Leader of TNA political party.
Nalliah Kumaraguruparan - Present General Secretary of WPF political party. Former General Secretary & Senior Vice President of ACTC and present Member of the Colombo Municipal Council.
Mano Ganesan -Member of Parliament - Colombo District. Leader of WPF political party.
A.Vinayagamoorthy - Present President of ACTC and Member of Parliament.
Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah - Tamil nationalist politician and media activist.
Sir.Ponnambalam Arunachalam – Pre-independence politician and Attorney General.
Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan – Pre-independence politician
Sir.Waithialingam Duraiswamy - Speaker of the former Legislature of the State Council 1936-1947.
S.J.V. Chelvanayagam – Tamil nationalist politician of the pre- and post-independence era. Founder of the Federal Party.
S.M. Rasamanickam- Tamil politician, President of Federal Party and Member of Parliament from 1956 to 1970.
Sarojini Yogeswaran - ex-Mayor of Jaffna.
Savumiamoorthy Thondaman - Veteran CWC trade unionist and Minister.
K.W.Devanayagam - Ex - Minister of Justice and Minister of Home Affirs and MP for Kalkudah 1965-1974
V Yogeswaran - Co-leader of the moderate TULF party, and MP for Jaffna from 1977 to 1983.
Cathiravelu Sittampalam - The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in the First Cabinet of Independent Sri Lanka (then Ceylon).
Balasingham of Atchuvely - State council member (then Ceylon).
Sir (Dr.) Ratnasothy Saravanamuttu, KBE, First Mayor of Colombo
Mrs. Neysum Saravanamuttu, First woman State Councillor 1931 and reelected in 1936.
Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan, KBE, CCS - Minister for Housing, Industry and Social Service, First Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence (1947–1952)[7]
James T. Rutnam - a Sri Lankan Tamil Historian, Educationalist, Author and Politician.
Business people
Sangarasivam Ponnudurai A Business Magnet from Kokuvil in the 70s and 80s who was stabbed to death and burnt in his own car in Colombo during the 1983 rights.
Kandiah (Ken) Balendra A well-respected business leader, who holds and has held many prestigious positions. In October 2003 he was voted the Most Effective Business Leader in Sri Lanka since independence in a poll conducted by the LMD magazine. He is the Chairman of Brandix Lanka Ltd. and Ceylon Tobacco company. Former Chairman of John Keells Holdings Ltd., Bank of Ceylon, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, etc.
Ratna Sivaratnam Retired Chairman/CEO/Managing Director of Aitken Spence - a leading blue chip conglomerate in Sri Lanka.
Chandran Rutnam - Film maker and owner of Lionair.
Subramaniam Mahadevan - One of the two founders of Sri Lankan conglomerate Capital Maharaja.
Sinnathamby Rajandram - One of the two founders of Sri Lankan conglomerate Capital Maharaja.
Civil conflict figures
Shankar Rajee Founder member and leader of EROS group
Arul Pragasam - Pioneering Tamil militant leader of EROS group
Eliyathamby Ratnasabapathy - Founder member of EROS group
Velupillai Prabhakaran – Leader of LTTE group
Anton Balasingham - London, UK based advisor and a peace negotiator on behalf of the LTTE - Deceased.
Colonel Kittu Late Sadasivam Krishnakumar was the commander of Jaffna forces of the LTTE.
Sri Sabaratnam Assassinated leader of TELO group
Kuttimani Murdered in the Welikada prison massacre, the co-founder of TELO group
Nadarajah Thangathurai Murdered in the Welikada prison massacre, the co-founder of TELO group
K.Padmanabha Assassinated leader of EPRLF group
Uma Maheswaran Assassinated leader of PLOTE group
V.Balakumaran Former leader of EROS and currently with the LTTE
Thenmuli Rajaratnam – Assassin who killed Rajiv Gandhi
Colonel Karuna - Government aligned infamous LTTE traitor TMVP group.
Vaithilingam Sornalingam - Founder of Sea Tigers & Air Tigers, killed by Sri Lankan Army LRRP in 2001.
Kandiah Ulaganathan - Senior Tamil Tiger commander, killed by Sri Lankan Army sniper in 2006.
S. P. Thamilselvan - Tamil Tiger political leader, killed by Sri Lankan Airforce bomb in 2007.
Shanmuganathan Ravishankar - Tamil Tiger military intelligence wing leader, killed by Sri Lankan Army LRRP in 2008.
Balasegaram Kandiah - Tamil Tiger military leader, died due to Heart-attack in 2008.
Thillaiyampalam Sivanesan - Former Tamil Tiger Sea Wing leader, was killed in action in May 2009.
Shanmugalingam Sivashankar - Former Tamil Tiger Intelligence Wing leader, was number 2 in the organisation, killed in action in May 2009.
Kumaran Pathmanadan - Current Tamil Tiger leader.
Velayuthapillai Baheerathakumar - Former Tamil Tiger military leader.
Minister Muralithan - Ex-LTTE leader of East



Indira Samarasekera née Rutnam - President of University of Alberta
Elagu V. Elaguppillai - Academic, Researcher, Entrepreneur and politician
Chelva Kanaganayakam[12] Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto.
Alfred Jeyaratnam Wilson[13] Peace maker and politician and author of books on Sri Lanka. Deceased.
Andrew Sarangan[14] Canadian Tamil, Professor of Electro-Optics in Dayton, Ohio.
Sri Ranjan, Ramanathan - Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering,University of Manitoba
A. Thavaneswaran - Professor, Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba
Ravi Vaitheespara - Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Manitoba
Dr. T. Kirubarajan - Professor and Canada Research Chair in Information Fusion, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, McMaster University
Dr. Rudhramoorthy Cheran (University of Windsor)
Sports people
Sonya Jayaseelan - Canadian tennis player
Sanjayan Thuraisingam - Canadian cricketer
Trevin Bastiampillai - Canadian cricketer
Manoj David - Canadian cricketer
Arvind Kandappah - Canadian cricketer
Suresh Joachim - Canada's biggest Guinness World Record holder

Literary figures

Randy Boyagoda - writer
Shyam Selvadurai - Canadian author of Funny Boy and Cinnamon Gardens
A. Sivanandan[16] - Canadian author of When Memory Dies, and editor of the journal Race and Class
Rohan Fernando - Canadian film maker born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka[17]
Rebecca Nada Rajah - Canadian playwright of The Constant K Determines the Ultimate Fate of the Universe
Lenin M. Sivam – Prominent film director who directed the critically acclaimed 1999 (film)
Logan Kanapathi - Markham Town councillor, first Tamil Canadian elected to political office (2006).
K.W.devanayagam - Ex-Minister of Justice and Home affairs, MP for Kalkudah]]
David Jeyaraj - Canadian freelance journalist.
Kumutha Ramanathan
Business people
Sayan Navaratnam - Chairman of the Board, Creative Vistas Incorporated.
Roy Ratnavel - Senior Vice President, CI Investments – second largest independent investment Fund Company in Canada and a subsidiary of CI Financial.
Kajendran Selvachandiran - President and CEO , Brown Movementz Productionz Inc. - One of Canada's largest media and concert production company.



Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam – Perennial opposition politician of the Worker's Party
Sinnathamby Rajaratnam – Politician and deputy prime minister as well as one of the founding fathers of Singapore
Tharman Shanmugaratnam - Politician and minister
Literary figures
Edwin Thumboo – Poet
Prof Philip Jeyaretnam – Professor
Prof Sittampalam Shanmugaratnam - Prominent Former Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the National University Hospital of Singapore
Business people
J.Y.M.Pillay, Chairman, Singapore Exchange [18] (stock market)


Business people

Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan – Malaysia's richest man and 62nd Richest Man in the world according to the 2009 Forbes Billionaire List.
Bastianpillai Paul Nicholas - the first non-British businessman who endeavoured to become one of the top bankers in the then Malaya.
Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam, executive chairman of Westport. Ranked 29th in the 2007 Forbes Asia List of the 40 Richest Malaysians.
Vijay Eswaran, Group MD and CEO of the QI Group of companies
E. E. C. Thuraisingham, a politician of pre-Independence Malaysia
D.R. Seenivasagam, founder of People's Progressive Party (Malaysia)
Sivarasa Rasiah, a human rights lawyer and vice-president of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People's Justice Party).[19]
Tan Sri Devaki Krishnan, former politician
Datuk Dr S. Vijayaratnam, former Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia Vice-President
Dato Dr NKS Tharmaseelan, President, Malaysian Ceylonese Congress
Ian Karan - German Minister in 2010 and owner of worlds biggest container leasing company
Government servants
Dr S.S. Thiruchelvam, first Asian surgeon in the world.
Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam, prominent Malaysian economist
S. Kulasingam, Retired Asst. Commissioner of Police
Sports figures
Punch Gunalan, former national badminton player and IBF Executive Deputy President.
Mahadevan Sathasivam, former captain of the Malaysian cricket team.
Dato Dr. M Jegathesan, former Malaysian athlete, known as the 'Flying Doctor'.
Academics and Educationists
R. Thampipillay, educationist
Prof Sittampalam Shanmugaratnam - Professor and researcher
Prof Dr Jeyapalan Kasipillai, Professor & researcher, Business Law and Taxation
Rani Manicka, writer



Valentine Daniel[20] - Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and author of several books.
Neil DeVotta[21] - Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College and author of several books on Sri Lanka.
Murugesu Sivapalan[22] - Professor at University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign and winner of the John Dalton Medal by the European Geophysical Society for Distinguished Research in Hydrology. recipient of International Hydrology Prize 2010.
Prof. Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah - Retired Harvard University professor of Anthropology and author of several books.
Rev. Dr. Rama Coomaraswamy - Prominent Cardiac Surgeon (Chief of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut) and writer on Traditionalist Catholicism and Perennialist topics.
George Fernandez [23] - Professor of Applied Statistics, Director of UNR Center for Research Design and Analysis [24] and the Author of Data Mining using SAS applications - CRC press [25]
Associate Professor Mahendran Mahadevan, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Business people
Sanjay Kumar – Former Chief Executive of Computer Associates
Kumar Mahadeva – Former Chief Executive of Cognizant Technology Solutions
Raj Rajaratnam – A hedge fund manager and the founder and Managing General Partner of The Galleon Group. He is on the Forbes Richest Americans List.
Rajan Anandan - Former Managing Director of Dell-India & Managing Director of Microsoft-India since 2008.
Clarence Jey – Song-writer/Music Producer for Emmy winning US TV animation series Growing Up Creepie
Kavichandran Alexander – Kavi Alexander - Owner US record label Water Lily Acoustics/Engineer - 1993 Grammy Award for album by Ry Cooder A Meeting by the River.



Darshini David BBC reporter and journalist
George Alagiah BBC reporter and journalist
James Coomarasamy BBC reporter and journalist
Tim Kash MTV BBC reporter and journalist
Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam- Professor, Consultant Vascular Surgeon University of Leeds
S. Sabanathan (late) Prominent Thoracic surgeon at Bradford Royal Infimary.[26]
Ganesh Sittampalam- Guinness World Record Holder as the youngest person in the UK to pass an A-Level in 1988, having been aged only nine years and four months old at the time.
Sports people

Murugan Thiruchelvam - British child prodigy chess player
Dimitri Mascarenhas - International Cricketer plays for England, born to Sri Lankan Bharatakula Tamil parents in the UK, brought up in Australia and UK.
Alfred Savarimuthu- Sri Lanka's National Karate Champion 1979


Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) - British rapper/singer/songwriter/record producer/fashion designer
Navi Pillay - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Business people
Dr. Arjuna Sittampalam, the investment banker and currently the Chairman of the investment company, Sage and Hermes, Ltd. in U.K.
Suresh Sivarajah , Global investment specialist in everything from gold and diamonds to debt/equity finance and commercial property. CEO of Esaren International, and creator of the non-profit org Mission Around the World. Educated at Wellington College, Berkshire.



Balu Mahendra – prominent Kollywood film director

Chandrababu- renowned Tamil actor, comedian & singer
Poongkothai Chandrahasan, actress and Harvard-trained filmmaker
Pooja Umashankar,actress


V. Kanakasabhai, lawyer, historian and Dravidologist of Sri Lankan Tamil descent.
Rev.Father Xavier Thaninayagam Adigalar (1913–1980), from Jaffna, Sri Lanka, founder member of the International Association for Tamil Research.
Rohini Hensman, author of the book, Playing Lions and Tigers
Mr. Jebaratnam J. Hensman, former Registrar of the University of Madras, India.
Raibahadur Williamspillai, Inspector of Schools, South India and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Madras Educational Department [27]
Kamala Satthianadhan, the first woman in the South to get a B.A. degree (in 1898)
Mona (Mitter) Hensman, for 15 years principal of Ethiraj College, from 1937 to 1952 a nominated Member of the State Legislative Council and, after that, a member of the Rajya Sabha for three terms.
Ariyangampillai,[28] associate of Mahatma Gandhi.
Dr.E. M. V. Naganathan, one of the founders of Ceylon’s Federal Party
Social Service
Chandrahasan, Son of SJV.Selvanayagam, founder of Federal Party of Ceylon.

Yasmin Tambiah[29] - Director at the Centre for Feminist Legal Research, New Delhi, & author
J.E. Hensman, Chief engineer of the Corporation of Madras.[30]
A.C.(Dorai) Hensman, one of the first non-English Deputy Superintendents of Police.
Paul M. Jayarajan alias Marcus Jayarajan Paul who was appointed to the Madras cadre of the Indian Civil Service and took up his first posting in 1933 as Assistant Collector and Magistrate of Malabar District.[31]
Dr. H.S. Hensman, the first Indian Superintendent of the Mental Health Hospital, Ayanavaram.



Kandiah Kamalesvaran Prominent singer known as Kamahl
Christie Jayaratnam Eliezer - Professor of Mathematics in University of Ceylon, University of Malaya and Latrobe University in Australia. Recipient of Order of Australia
Business people
Maha Sinnathamby Renowned property developer and is the man behind Australia's largest real estate project. Frequently listed in BRW's annual list of the 200 richest Australians.


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