S. Kulendran

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Rt Rev.
S. Kulendran
Bishop of Jaffna
Church Church of South India
Diocese Jaffna
Installed 1947
Term ended 1970
Successor D. J. Ambalavanar
Personal details
Born (1900-09-23)23 September 1900
Died 14 February 1992(1992-02-14) (aged 91)
Alma mater St. John's College, Jaffna
Jaffna College
Serampore College

The Right Reverend Sabapathy Kulendran (23 September 1900 – 14 February 1992) was a Ceylon Tamil priest and the Church of South India Bishop of Jaffna.

Early life[edit]

Kulendran was born on 23 September 1900.[1] He was the son of Sabapathy, a notary public.[1] His brother Sam A. Sabapathy was Mayor of Jaffna.[1] He was educated at St. John's College, Jaffna and Jaffna College.[1] Later he received an Arts degree from the University of London.[1] He then went to Serampore College in India and was ordained in 1934.[1]

Kulendran was a member of the Jaffna Youth Congress.[2][3]

Kulendran married Mathuram, daughter of Visuvalingam.[1] They had two sons (Thavanithy and Arumaikajothi) and a daughter (Karuna).[1]


Kulendran worked for the South India United Church.[1] He became the first Church of South India Bishop of Jaffna in 1947.[1][4] He retired in 1970.[1]

Later life[edit]

Kulendran lived in Vaddukoddai after retirement.[1] He died on 14 February 1992.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 88. 
  2. ^ Hoole, Rajan (1988). "Chapter 2: Some Milestones in the Development of Tamil Political Consciousness". Broken Palmyra. University Teachers for Human Rights. 
  3. ^ Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 7: State Councils - elections and boycotts". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story. 
  4. ^ "JDCSI: Reminiscent reflections of an 11-year old". Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India.