C. Coomaraswamy

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C. Coomaraswamy

செ. குமாரசுவாமி
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Member of the Senate of Ceylon
Ceylonese High Commissioner to India
In office
Preceded byA. Mahadeva
Succeeded byEdwin Wijeratne
Personal details
Born(1887-08-25)25 August 1887
Alma materJaffna Hindu College
Royal College, Colombo
ProfessionCivil servant
EthnicityCeylon Tamil

Chellappah Coomaraswamy (Tamil: செல்லப்பா குமாரசுவாமி; born 25 August 1887) was a Ceylon Tamil civil servant, diplomat and member of the Senate of Ceylon.

Early life and family[edit]

Coomaraswamy was born on 25 August 1887.[1] He was the son of Chellappah from Aiyanarkoviladi.[1] Coomaraswamy was educated at Jaffna Hindu College and Royal College, Colombo.[1]

Coomaraswamy married Mankayatkarasi, daughter of Mudaliyar Sabapathy and Manicka Ammaiyar from Nallur.[1] They had three sons (Rajendra, Mahendra and Satyendra) and one daughter (Sundareswari).[1]


Coomaraswamy joined the Government Clerical Service after finishing his education.[1] He was appointed to the civil service in 1910.[1] He was Police Magistrate in Puttalam in 1913, District Judge and Registrar General.[1] He served as District Judge in Jaffna in 1933 before becoming Government Agent for the Northern Province.[1]

Later life[edit]

After retirement Coomaraswamy was nominated to the Senate of Ceylon in 1947.[1][2][3] He served as the Ceylonese High Commissioner in New Delhi between 1950 and 1955.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 42.
  2. ^ "The Senate Days of Ceylon" (PDF). The Island (Sri Lanka). 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ "First election on party basis". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 4 March 2007.
  4. ^ "The High Commissioner". High Commission of Sri Lank in India.