At a time when Sri Lanka was under colonial rule, the pioneers of the Kalagam conceived in high ideals and dedicated to the proposition that every Hindu child must know his/her religion, culture and language not only founded the Kalagam but also made the momentous resolution to preserve an ancient way of life and to promote Hindu Dharma through the mother tongue, Tamil.
The pioneer ladies felt that if education is to be something more than mere book learning then it should be imparted in the mother tongue with religion in the curriculum. To promote education in an atmosphere of spiritual traditions was important because education in the service and spirit of religion and moral values not only promotes the three Rs but contributes towards the fulfilment of life.
It was at “Besant House” in Petersson Lane, Colombo 6 that the Vidyalayam was first started and the Manager was Mrs.. Sivanandam Tambiah and Mrs.. SornacanthyNallainathan was the first Head Mistress. Mrs.. Pathmavathy Nagaratnam,.Mrs. Jeganayaki Chittambalam and Mrs.. Leela Kandiah were the voluntary teachers.
Within seven months, the Vidyalayam shifted to the present address – 23, Rudra Mawatha, Colombo 6. The Vidyalayam Hall was opened by the Director of Education Mr. Macrae which has now been refurbished and stands as a silent testimony to the selfless service of the Founder Members.
Miss. Kanagasunderam succeeded Mrs. Nallainathan and Miss. N.Kasipillai took over the reins of administration of the Vidyalayam from her in 1936. As Principal she worked dedicatedly for over thirty years building up the Vidyalayam gradually into an A Grade Institution with classes from the Nursery to the University Entrance.
Miss. Kasipillai was succeeded by Miss. Kanagasabai after 34 years and followed by Mrs. I. Pathmanathan, Miss. Arumugam, Mrs. G.Balachandiran and the incumbent Principal is Mrs.P.Gajendradas.
More classrooms had to be built and more land had to be purchased and fund raisers had to be organised from time to time. As the Vidyalayam was growing and blossoming, the various communal problems took a heavy toll on the Vidyalayam. However, the Management worked ceaselessly and each time built up the Vidyalayam.
The Manager Mrs.. Sivanandim Tambiah was followed by Mrs.. Rasamuttu Sathasivam, Mrs. Balambigai Namasivayam, Mrs.. Svarnam Nadaraja, Mrs.. Sri Kanthi Kanagasabai and Mrs.. Arunthathy Thiruchittambalam. The incumbent Manager is Mrs.. Sivanandini Duraiswamy.
From very small thatched beginnings, the Vidyalayam has gradually blossomed out and today we have over 2,400 children on roll and several blocks of classrooms.
The latest addition to the vidyalayam is the Kalagam Visions Learning Centre.