80th Jubilee Celebrations of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam
“80” ~ Beautifully lit specially made candles decorate the venue
Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam in Wellawatte~ Tamil neighbourhood celebrated its 80th anniversary and Founder’s day on 11th of December 2010 at the school auditorium. It is one of the oldest Hindu Women’s School in the Island. The celebration included songs, dance and drama by the students.
A Band of Hindu Women founded the Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam on 10th December 1930 to reawaken the Hindus from their slumber and apathy under Colonial rule, they had lost their Hindu Cultural moorings.
The women with foresight, untiring effort and undaunted enthusiasm led and started a Hindu school for women. The Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam has been in the forefront of efforts to foster Hinduism and to promote Tamil culture among the Hindu women of Colombo. Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam' was established on 10th of December 1930 with the blessings of Srimath Swami Vipulananda Adigal and Muthaliyar Rasanayagam. The three founders were Mrs. Rasamuthu Sathasivam, Mrs.Sornacanthy Nallianathan and Mrs. Balambikai Namasivayam. Mrs. Sornacanthy Nallianathan was educated throughout at St. Bridget's Convent was the triad of architects.
The school which was started with seven students, now houses a few thousand students. The school excels in education and extra curricular activities.
“Lives of great women all remind ,you can make your lives sublime:
When departing leave behind your footprints on the sands of time!”
All power and knowledge whether secular or spiritual in Hindu thinking are inherent in the human soul
View of the main entrance of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam in Wellawatte
The school has grown gradually over the years
Brass Lord Nadarajar and Goddess Parvathy are dressed up for the celebration
"Kolam" drawn by White chalk at the main entrance of the venue
Statue of Thiruvalluvar at the auditorium of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam in Wellawatte
Traditional Hindu welcome at the entrance of the auditorium
The school has more than 2,300 student on roll
Temple in the school which was built in 1939
Portraits of the Founders of the school
Earthen lamps are lit and placed on five fresh Betel leaves
Students for the traditional welcome
Portraits of famous 63 Naayanmars
School song is being sung
Devotional songs are sung by the students
School promotes the traditional values of our culture
Students light the traditional oil lamp
Pushpaanjali in dance form by the students of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam of Colombo
Kampavaarithy Jeyaraj gives benediction
"Kuyile..,Kaattinile" songs are being beautifully sung by the students of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam
President of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam Sivanandini Duraiswamy welcomes the guests
"Kuravar" dance by the students of Music and Dance Academy of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam
Member of Parliament Praba Ganeshan addresses the gathering
Scene from Sounds of Music by the students of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam