A. Canagaratnam

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A. Canagaratnam
ஆ. கனகரத்தினம்
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Unofficial Member (Northern Province South), Legislative Council of Ceylon
Personal details
Born 1873
Alma mater Jaffna Central College
Wesley College
Profession Lawyer
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Arumugam Canagaratnam (Tamil: ஆறுமுகம் கனகரத்தினம்) was a Ceylon Tamil lawyer and member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon.

Early life and family[edit]

Canagaratnam was born in 1873.[1] He was the son of Visuvanathan Arumugam.[1] Canagaratnam was educated at Jaffna Central College and Wesley College, Colombo.[1] He had his higher education in Calcutta.[1]

Canagaratnam's nephew C. Sittampalam was a government minister.[2]


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

Canagaratnam became chairman of the Rural Education Development Board in the 1920s.[1] He was also chairman of the Jaffna Local Board and Jaffna Urban Council.[1][2] He was elected to the Legislative Council of Ceylon as the member for the Northern Province South at the 1924 election.[1][3]

Canagaratnam campaigned for the establishment of the University of Ceylon and edited a nationalist journal called The Ceylon Patriot.[1] He built Stanley College, which was later renamed Canagaratnam Maha Vidyalayam, using his own funds.[1][2] Canagaratnam Road is also named after him.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 28. 
  2. ^ a b c "Stamp to honour Cathiravelu Sittampalam". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 26 February 2004. 
  3. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 5: Political polarization on communal lines". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story.