K. Aiyadurai

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K. Aiyadurai
Chairman, Jaffna Urban Council
Personal details
Born 1892
Died (1967-08-15)15 August 1967
Alma mater Kantharodai English Institute
Jaffna Hindu College
Ceylon Technical College
Ceylon Law College
Profession Teacher, Lawyer
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Kandavanam Aiyadurai was a Ceylon Tamil politician and lawyer.

Early life[edit]

Aiyadurai was born in 1892.[1] He was the son of Kandavanam and Paruvathipillai from Evenai near Punnalaikkadduvan in northern province of Ceylon. He was educated at Kantharodai English Institute (now Skandavarodaya College) and Jaffna Hindu College.[1] He then went to study in Madras from where he passed the First in Arts Examination.[1] After returning to Ceylon he entered Ceylon Technical College and qualified as a science teacher.[1] After qualification he taught at Jaffna Hindu College.[1] Later Aiyadurai entered Ceylon Law College, qualifying as a proctor and taking his oaths in 1923.[1] He then practised law in Punnalaikkadduvan and Vannarpannai.

Aiyadurai married Nagapooshani, daughter of Thillaiampalam and Suntharam. They had five children - Dr Karunanandan, Pathmavathy Jeyaseelan, Leela Balasingham, Justice Sivanandan and Thilgavathy Vijeyaratnam.[1] Aiyadurai later married Manonmani, daughter of Thambimuthu. They had one child - Sivayogavalli.[1]

Political career[edit]

Aiyadurai was a member of Jaffna Urban Council for about ten years.[1] He was elected as the council's vice-chairman in 1934 and 1939 and chairman in 1942 and 1943.[1] Aiyadurai was one of the earliest supporters of the establishment of Jaffna Library.


Aiyadurai died on 15 August 1967.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 2.