Monday, December 20, 2010

80th Jubilee Celebrations of Saiva Mangaiyar Kazhagam

The most beautiful make-up of a woman is PASSION. But cosmetics are easier to buy” ~ Yves Saint-Laurent,(1 August 1936- June 1 2008), French Fashion Designer

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


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