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Ponnambalam Coomaraswamy (7 December 1849 – 7 June 1906) was a Ceylon Tamil lawyer and member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon.


P. Coomaraswamy

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Unofficial Member (Tamil),
Legislative Council of Ceylon
In office
1892–1898
Preceded byP. Ramanathan
Succeeded byW. G. Rockwood
Member of Colombo Municipal Council
In office
1873–1879
In office
1885–1889
Personal details
Born(1849-12-07)7 December 1849
Died7 June 1906(1906-06-07) (aged 56)
Colombo, Ceylon
Alma materPresidency College, Madras
ProfessionLawyer
EthnicityCeylon Tamil

Early life and familyEdit

Coomaraswamy was born on 7 December 1849.[1][2] He was the son of Gate Mudaliyar A. Ponnambalam.[1] He was the brother of P. Ramanathan and P. Arunchalam.[1]

Coomaraswamy was educated at Colombo Academy, Colombo and Presidency College, Madras.[1]

CareerEdit

Coomaraswamy joined the legal profession after finishing his education.[1]

Coomaraswamy was a member of Colombo Municipal Council from January 1873 to October 1879 and from November 1885 to December 1889.[3] He was appointed to the Legislative Council of Ceylon in 1893 as the unofficial member representing Tamils, replacing his brother Ramanathan.[1][4]

Coomaraswamy was a Tamil scholar and a publisher of Tamil literature.[1] He was president of Jaffna Saiva Paripalana Sabai and helped establish Jaffna Hindu College.[1] He also established a Hindu temple on Slave Island.[1]

Coomaraswamy died on 7 June 1906 in Colombo.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 43.
  2. ^ Martyn, John H. (1923). Notes on Jaffna – Chronological, Historical, Biographical. Tellippalai: American Ceylon Mission Press. pp. 283–284. ISBN 81-206-1670-7.
  3. ^ Hulugalle, H. A. J. (September 1965). Centenary Volume of the Colombo Municipal Council (1865 - 1965). Colombo Municipal Council . p. 55.
  4. ^ Gooneratne, Brendon (31 January 2009). "Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam: True nationalist and patriot of Ceylon". Daily News (Sri Lanka).
  5. ^ Martyn, John H. (1923). Notes on Jaffna – Chronological, Historical, Biographical. Tellippalai: American Ceylon Mission Press. p. 82. ISBN 81-206-1670-7.