December 25, 2017

Tondai Mandalam Tuluva Velalar's School - George Town, Chennai

The Tondai Mandalam Tuluva Velalar's Higher Secondary School is one of the oldest surviving schools of Madras (Chennai) city. It is located in Mint Street in George Town locality.

It was started in 1854 CE. The famous Tamil scholar Maha Vidwan Tiru Mylai Shanmugam Pillai, who was the first to publish "Manimegalai" was a teacher of this school.

As per the historian Mr. V. Sriram, the Bhagavat Katha Prasanga Sabha used to meet regularly in this school and hence it was also called as Tondai Mandalam Sabha. Its secretary C. Muniswami Naidu was the first to attempt selling the tickets for concerts. He sold tickets for a concert in the late 1880s  in this school, which was not very successful though.

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