A. V. Kulasingham

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A. V. Kulasingham
Born(1890-10-11)11 October 1890
Died16 January 1978(1978-01-16) (aged 87)
Alma materJaffna College
Political partyAll Ceylon Tamil Congress

Aiyathurai Varnakulasingham Kulasingham (11 October 1890 – 16 January 1978) was a Ceylon Tamil lawyer, politician, journalist and editor of the Ceylon Daily News and Hindu Organ.

Early life and family[edit]

Kulasingham was born on 11 October 1890.[1] He was educated at Jaffna College.[1]

Kulasingham married Rasammah, daughter of Thambu, in 1910.[1] They had three sons (Rudrasingam, Karalasingam and Jeganathan) and five daughters (Manonmani, Annapillai, Thilagam, Pathmaranee and Jeyamani).[1]


Kulasingham got involved in journalism whilst still a student, contributing articles to the Morning Star and The Times of Ceylon.[1] He was later editor of the Ceylon Daily News (1925) and Hindu Organ, and special correspondent to the Manchester Guardian.[1][2][3]

Kulasingham was also an advocate and practised law for more than 50 years.[1] He was also a crown advocate.[1]

Kulasingham was a founding member of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) in 1944 and served as joint secretary.[4] He contested the 1947 parliamentary election in Kayts as the ACTC candidate but was defeated by Alfred Thambiayah by just 322 votes.[5]


Kulasingham died on 16 January 1978.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. pp. 87–88.
  2. ^ "The birth of a Newspaper". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 23 February 1997.
  3. ^ "Kala Korner by Dee Cee". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 29 June 2003.
  4. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 10: Lord Soulbury and his soulless report". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.
  5. ^ "Result of Parliamentary General Election 1947" (PDF). Department of Elections, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015.