|Sardar Vedaratnam Pillai|
|Born||25 February 1897
|Died||24 August 1961(aged 64)|
|Occupation||Freedom fighter, Philanthropist|
Sardar Vedaratnam Pillai (25 February 1897 – 24 August 1961) was an Indian freedom-fighter, a leader of the Indian National Congress and a famous philanthropist who served as an MLA for three terms over a period of 14 years. He is known for his heroic contributions in the salt march of Vedaranyam in 1930, alongside C. Rajagopalachari.
He was multi-lingual and patronised many native arts.
In the year 1946, he founded the Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam  which is a rural, charitable women's welfare organisation situated in Vedaranyam. This orphanage, since then, has continued its services of feeding, sheltering and educating many helpless girl children.
In the year 1997, the government of India honoured this leader by releasing a postal stamp in commemoration of his centenary celebration.
Vedaratnam was born on 25 February 1897.
The rural women welfare organisation that he founded has provided succour to thousands of poor girl children over the years and is fully functional to the day. Many visitors from various countries have paid visits to Gurukulam and have appreciated their services.
- Varadarajan, R. (25 August 2000). "Sardar of the salt satyagraha". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Nagapattinam News : Services of freedom fighter Sardar Vedaratnam recalled