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Book Launch - "The Celebration of Prayer"

Seated behind her laptop at the Hindu Women's Society Auditorium, Sivanandini Duraiswamy presents in a power point presentation her latest creative writing – The Celebration of Prayer on Rambhoda, the Chinmaya Temple of Hanuman set amidst the natural beauty of the Kotmale vale in Sri Lanka. To her it seems that Swami Chinmayananda has brought back to this place an image of the Ramayana of all that is noble, beautiful and warm through Hanuman who is said to have landed on this spot in Sri Lanka in search of Sita in the Treta Yuga. She speaks of the age old "Ramanama" of Hanuman vibrating through the aeons of time and the natural settings of the Kotmale valley and reservoir flashing across the inward eye of Swamiji as he was passing through the Central Highlands that he stopped the vehicle he was travelling in saying, "Buy this land."

In her story, "The Celebration of Prayer,' she tells you that the prayer as in the Hanuman Chalisa vibrates softly through the entire Rambhoda Ashram resonating and capturing the spiritual essence of Hanuman brought down by Swamiji's inward eye – the Bliss of Solitude as William Wordsworth said. In writing the story she pictures the character of Hanuman in his various forms as lived and breathed, loved and grieved, won and lost.

The Swamiji's intuitive instinct in choosing this sacred spot gives not only the Chinmaya Mission but all those who throung the Temple the bliss of prayer, of solitude, of peace – "And then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils,' as the poet said and with Hanuman made possible by Swamiji's intuitive spirit – indeed a Celebration of Prayer.

 
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ஆன்மீகப்பயிற்சி பட்டறை

இலங்கை இந்துப்பேரவையும்,சைவ மங்கையர் கழகமும் இணைந்து சின்மியாமிஷன் அனுசரணையுடன் மாணவர்களுக்காக ஆன்மீகப்பயிற்சி பட்டறை ஒன்றை நடாத்தியது. கொழும்பு சைவ மங்கையர் கழக சிவானந்த நிலையத்தில் 30.04.2016 சனிக்கிழமை அன்று காலை 7.00 மணி முதல் 12.00 மணி வரை இப்பட்டறை நிகழ்வு இடம் பெற்றது. தரம் 6 தரம் 7 மாணவ மாணவியர் இதில் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

கொ/இராம கிருஷ்ணமிஷன், கொழும்பு கிங்ஸ்டன் சர்வதேச பாடசாலை ஆகிய அறநெறிப் பாடசாலைகள் கலந்து கொண்டன. கொ/இராமநாதன் மகளிர் கல்லூரி, கொ/இராமகிருஷ்ண வித்தியாலயம், கிருலப்பனை குமரோதயம் தமிழ் வித்தியாலயம், தெகிவளை தமிழ் மகா வித்தியாலயம், இரத்மலானை இந்துக் கல்லூரி, சாந்த கிளேயர் கல்லூரி, கொ/சைவ மங்கையர் வித்தியாலயம் போன்ற பாடசாலைகளின் மாணவர்களும் கலந்து பயன் பெற்றமை மகிழ்ச்சிக்குரிய விடயமாகும்.

ஆன்மீக வழியில் பிரச்சனைகளை எதிர்கொள்ளவும் அதனை தீர்த்து வைக்கவும் சிறந்த ஆத்மீக சாதனமாக விளங்கும் பகவத்கீதை பற்றிய விளக்கம் மாணவர்களுக்கு வழங்கப்பட்டது. வணக்கத்திற்குரிய சுவாமிஜி தர்ஷன் சைத்தன்யா (சின்மியா மிஷன் ) அவர்களால் நடாத்தப்பட்ட இப்பயிற்சியில் மாணவர்கள் சுமார் எண்பது பேர் கலந்து கொண்டதுடன் பாடசாலை ஆசிரியர்களும் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

அவதார மகிமை

சகிப்புத்தன்மை

பயமின்மை

புலனடக்கம்

வெற்றிக்கு வழி

வாழ்வில் உயர

என்ற தலைப்புக்களில் மாணவர்களுக்கு அரிய விளக்கம் வழங்கப்பட்டது.

இந்நிகழ்ச்சியை மிகச் சிறப்பாக நெறிப்படுத்தியவர் திருமதி.சிவானந்தினி துரைசுவாமி ஆவார். நிகழ்ச்சித்திட்ட இணைப்பாளராக இருந்து தனது பணியை செவ்வனே நிறைவேற்றியமைக்கு இலங்கை இந்துப்பேரவை தனது நன்றியையும் வாழ்த்துக்களையும் தெரிவித்துக்கொள்கிறது.

 
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"கொழும்பில் சர்வசமய மாநாடு!(காரைதீவு நிருபர்)

சமாதானத்திற்கான சமயங்களின் இலங்கைப் பேரவையின் இருநாள் வதிவிடச்செயலமர்வும் மாநாடும் கொழும்பில் நடைபெற்றது. சமாதானத்திற்கான சமயங்களின் இலங்கைப் பேரவையின் தலைவரும் ஸ்ரீ ஜெயவர்த்தனபுர பல்கலைக்கழகத்தின் வேந்தருமான அதிவண. பேராசிரியர் வெல்லன்வில விமலரத்தின நாயக்கதேரர் தலைமையில் இடம்பெற்ற இருநாள் செயலமர்வில் அதிதியாக கொழும்பு பல்கலைக்கழக முன்னாள் உபவேந்தர் கலாநிதி குமார ஹிரிம்புரேகம கலந்துகொண்டார்.

இலங்கைப் பொலிஸ் திணைக்களத்தின் சிறுவர் மற்றும் பெண்கள் பிரிவின் பணிப்பாளரும் சிரேஸ்ட பொலிஸ் அத்தியட்சகருமான ஜெயசூரியவும் கலந்துசிறப்பித்தார்.

கொழும்பு பத்தரமுல்லையில் அமைந்துள்ள இக்டாட் பயிற்சி நிலையத்தில் கடந்த சனி ஞாயிறு தினங்களில் நடைபெற்ற இருநாள் வதிவிடச்செயலமர்வின் இறுதியாக இவ்வணி தெரிவுசெய்யப்பட்டது.

இலங்கையின் நாலா பாகங்களிலுமிருந்து இளைஞர் யுவதிகள் வரவழைக்கப்பட்டு அதற்கான பயிற்சியும் வழங்கப்பட்டது. துருக்கி மற்றும் இந்தோனேசிய நாடுகளிலிருந்தும் இளைஞர்கள் கலந்துகொண்டமை குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. பேரவையின் பொதுச்செயலாளரும் கொழும்பு பல்கலைக்கழகத்தின் பேராசிரியருமாக வண.மெதவாச்சியே தம்மஜோதி தேரர் பேரவையின் பொருளாளர் திருமதி சிவநந்தினி துரைசாமி உபதலைவர் மௌலவி எஸ்.எச்.ஆதம்பாவா மதனி உப பொருளாளர் திருமதி கிறிஸ்ரோபல் சவரிமுத்து பேரவையின் அம்பாறை மாவட்ட தலைவர் டாக்டர் எம்.ஜ.எம்.ஜமீல் பொதுச்செயலாளர் தேசமான்ய வி.ரி.சகாதேவராஜா உயர்பீடஉறுப்பினர் அஷ்சேய்க் எவ்.எம்.அன்சார் மௌலானா ஆகியோர் செயலமர்வின் நெறிப்படுத்துனர்களாவும் வளவாளர்களாகவும்; செயற்பட்டனர்.

ஓய்வுநிலைப்பணிப்பாளர்களான ஜி.ஞானப்பிரகாசம் திருமதி இராணி பெர்ணாண்டோ திட்டப்பணிப்பாளர் வசந்தஜெயசிங்க இணைப்பாளர் பி.டி.பத்மசிறி ஆகியோர் வழிப்படுத்துனர்களாகச் செயற்பட்டனர்.

 
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The Power point presentation was given by Sivanandini Duraiswamy to commemorate

Easwaramma – The Power point presentation was given by Sivanandini Duraiswamy to commemorate the – MOTHER TO THE AVATHAR and MOTHER TO THE WORLD – Our Pranaams to your enlightening life

The 6th of May is a sacred Day a day specially dedicated by Bhagavan Baba to his revered Mother Easwaramma. In remembering and revering this day, Bhagavan's teachings on the role of women and the woman's role as Mother as personified in Easwaramma herself comes to memory.

Bhagavan Baba makes us understand that the Hindu mother as all mothers is one of reverence. In so many words he tells us that sayings like – "Thaait siradha or Koyilum illai" personify the mother as even being better than a Temple – a place of worship, a place where one could go for solace and guidance.

The ancient rishis speak of the Cosmic Energy as Shakti which pulsates, permeates and interpenetrates every atom in the universe – the universal energy which takes a female form – becoming the Mother in the Univers and the Mother in the family.

 
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Launching of "Cultural Memoirs" a compilation of short stories and memoirs.Sivanandini Duraiswamy.

It was Saturday evening, 6th December 2014. The rains hadn't set in but were threatening to come down heavily! The cold damp feeling was only outside while the Hall was cozy, comfortable and there was pin drop silence through the evening except for the speakers' voices.

The Kalagam Hall of the Hindu Women's Society was gradually filling up and all was set for the launching of "Cultural Memoirs" by Sivanandini Duraiswamy.

The programme began with the traditional singing of Tevaram followed by the benedictory address given by revered Mataji of the Sharadha Mission in Sri Lanka. In her address Mataji said, "I would take just one Memoire which is relevant to all of us, Hindus and Buddhists where the author in an unusual way portrays Kannagi narrating her story to her. Kannagi says that she is Pattini Devyo to the Sinhala Buddhists and Kannagi Amman to the Tamil Hindus. And goes on to say that her story is interesting linking both the communities though neither are aware that she is a shared deity and that both venerate her. And on this alone both the communities should get together."

The video presentation was unusual where the author together with senior Advanced Level students of Hindu Ladies College presented several memoirs, illustrated in the power point slides. And as the student was reading, "It was an early spring morning and for the last time in Baghdad , the Duraiswamys watch the national flag going up unfurling in the air showering flowers," the national flag was hoisted and as it was unfurling, rose petals and leaves were strewn.

The Chairperson for the evening was Ms. Mala Sabaratnam, a senior vice president of the Hindu Women's Society. She introduced the author and her writing.

The Chief Guest Mrs. Manohari Ramanathan spoke reviewing the book. She grouped the Memoirs in a style that is very much her own and brought out the cultural patterns woven into them.

Prof Sumathy Sivamohan's review took another form. She analysed the different Memoirs seeing the relationships that had been brought in the positive approaches that the author had handled linking the stories into a whole.

The Publisher, Mr. Yapa in his speech said that this is the fourth publication that he was handling. "When we published her third publication, "Moments in Culture," we had a call from the Singapore President's Office wanting to know where Mrs. Duraiswamy's publications are available."

With the launching of the book and the author's Vote of Thanks, refreshments were served and the curtain came down on an unusual ceremony.

 
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The Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony – at the Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam

The Principal and Vice President participating in the ceremony.

On the 30th Of June 2014, under the benoign presence of the Saradha Samithi Matajis, Susma prana Mataji and Atma prana Mataji and Swami Ramana Swaroopanandaji of Atma Vidya Mandir, Thiruvanaamalai, the Kalagam laid the Foundation Stone for its new building for the Primary Classes.

The Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam's premier Institution, the Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam is the only Assisted Private School for Hindu girls in the Island. It has over 800 student in the Primary classes and from Grade 3 onwards, there classes are conducted both in English and Tamil.

 
   
Sivanandini Duraiswamy receives the Dr. Mary Ratnam Award - 2014

Sivanandini Duraiswamy, the Kalagam President was one of the recipients of the "Dr. Mary Ratnam Award, 2014."

The Sri Lanka Women's Conference founded in 1934 by Dr. Mary Ratnam, celebrated its 80th anniversary in April 2014 in a simple ceremony at the All Ceylon Women's Buddhist Congress in Colombo. The ceremony was to felicitate a few members who have contributed towards the growth of the Conference in general and women in particular and to pay tribute to the Founder, Dr. Mary Ratnam. The High Commissioner for Canada in Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest.

Dr. Mary Ratnam was a Canadian national married to a Sri Lankan and had done yeoman service in working for the rural women in the first quarter of the last century. She founded the Sri Lanka Women's Conference in 1934 and built it up to be the pioneer women's umbrella organisation in the country working towards the betterment of women and children.

 
   
Purchasing of land – 15. Rudra Mawatha, Colombo 6.

The Premiere Institution of the Kalagam is the Vidyalayam, the only supra grade assisted private school for Hindu girls in Sri Lanka. Being an A Grade Institution, it needs to have a play ground for the children and more space for extra curricular activities. Very little land is available in the neighbourhood and the only available land was No 15 which was owned by the only Tamil Minister in the Cabinet, Mr. Douglas Devananda. Being Hindu and a Tamil , the Kalagam felt that the Minister should sell the land at a reasonable price bearing in mind the current value of the land.

Unfortunatley, since the Kalagam had no alternative but to buy the land at what ever price he quoted, the land was ultimately bought - 14 perches of land at 3.8 million a perch a huge chunk in our budget - essentially a middle low income budget!

In buying this land, the Kalagam is reminded of the generosity of Mr. Sam Wijesinha the former Secretary General of Parliament who sold 12 perches of land opposite the Kalagam campus - 22. Rudra Mawatha, Colombo 6 for Rupees 1.5 million only. On that land stands the five storey Learning Centre of the Vidyalayam consisting of the Advanced Level Science classes and laboratories.

 
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The Annual General Meeting - 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Kalagam was held on the 10th day of December 2013. It was on the 10th day in December that the Kalagam was founded 83 years ago and the members always remember the day as the Founders' Day.

The Meeting commenced with prayers at the Kalagam temple which was built 80 years ago and is preserved in its purity to date.

The President in her speech to the members, spoke about the founders and the beginnings of the Kalagam and said that as it is one of oldest women's organization we should all help to preserve it and all that it stands for.

She also said that in 1960, the government had introduced a bill saying that all schools should become State schools and that if a society wishes to keep the school it is managing private, that school would become a non fee-levying private school. And when all the Hindu societies handed over their respective schools to the government, the women of the Kalagam decided that they would keep the Vidyalayam as a private school and not hand it over to the government. And to this day, the Management manages the Vidyalayam.

 
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An evening of Song and Drama at the Kalagam–

An unusual programme of Song was presented by the Vidyalayam children together with the Drama, the story of King Pari, the generous benefactor of the Tamils.

The drama was beautifully set and the story told in action, song and word. Pari was not a king in the true sense – he was Chieftan who ruled his people benevolently and lovingly and the kings of the Tamil land, Chera, Chola and Pandya were not able to conquer him. The training of the drama was by Priya Mahalingasivam and she dedicated it to the Vidyalayam on the eve of her departure to Australia.

The first item, the "Song" was unique and was presented with a difference. The typical carnatic songs were sung in harmony with the original melody of the song – notes and notations were harmonized in varying pitches bringing out the differences similar to the choir music of the West. This innovation is new in our carnatic music even though in western music harmonizing is part of the composition. Choir music in not known in carnatic music in the true sense of the word. And the Kalagam programme was first of its kind in our music presentation greatly appreciated by the audience.

 
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Somavara Viratam Held on 3rd December 2012 @ Old Kathiresan Pillayar Kovil, Col 4.

Somavara Viratam – Since the inception of the Kalagam and its premier Institution, the Vidyalayam, the Somavara Vratam has been religiously observed the Vidyalayam principal, staff and students and by the Kalagam ladies every first Monday and third Monday in the Hindu month of Kartigai respectively.

Last Kartigai third Somavaram was observed by the ladies at the Pillaiyar Temple. An elaborate Sangaabhishekam was done. The Murti was anointed with Panchamirtam, the sanctified mixture of milk, ghee, curd, honey and flowers followed by the conch abhishekam – 1008 sangugal to the ringing of the temple bells, offering of flowers, alangaram and aarati accompanied by Nagaswara music.

 
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Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam AGM – held on 10th December 2012 @ at the Sivananda Nilayam .

The Annual General Meeting was held on Founders' Day of the Kalagam – 10th December 2012 at the Sivananda Nilayam. – 70 members were present. The proceedings began with a puja at the Kalagam temple, singin of tevaram by the members, principal, teachers and students.

The members stood in silence to salute the Kalagam Founders who founded the Society in 1930 and its premier Institution the Vidyalayam in 1932. The President spoke in brief about the Founders and the hard work they put in at a time when the country was under British Colonial rule; their mission and vision in forming the Society. The President was re-elected unanimously followed by the election of other office bearers and the Committee of Management.

For the Kalagam Web page – November 2012.
  Presentation of two sets of traditional Lamps to the Kalagam Temple

The Kalagam Temple was first built as a small Shrine in 1934 when the Kalagam moved from its temporary quarters in the Theosophical Society in Peterson Lane to present day 23 Rudra Mawatha, Colombo 6. The small Shrine was refurbished by its Vice President Mrs. Sellam Chelliah and her husband Dr. Chelliah and has been the nerve centre of the Kalagam and all its institutions anad activities since then – as sacred and as beautiful with Lakshmi Devi in the altar. Mrs. Padma Gajendradas, the outgoing Principal of the Vidyalayam presented to lovely tall lamps – Paavai Villakku as a contribution of the Gajendradas family. Mrs. Leela Kandiah presented an heir loom of over two hundred years- a pair of traditional lamps to the Kalagam Temple. Mrs. Kandiah was the joint Secretary of the Kalagam when she passed away in 2003 expressing the wish that the family presents this set of lamps.

 
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Felicitation Ceremony - the outgoing Principal Mrs. Padma Gajendradas.

The Kalagam bid adieu to the outgoing Principal Mrs. Gajendradas at a touching ceremony on the 3rd of November 2012 at the Kalagam Hall. Mrs. Gajendradas had served the Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam, the premier Institution of the Kalagam as a teacher, sectional head, Vice Principal and crowning her achievement as Principal for 40 years. She stepped down on Vijayadasami , the Vidyalayam’s 80th year. The Matajis of the Ramakrishna Sharada Seva Samithi, the Mother Superior of the Holy Family Convent – her Alam Mater, the members of her distinguished family, the new Principal, friends of the Vidyamayam and members of the Committee of Mangement of the Kalagam were present adding colour and sanctity to the ceremony. The Vice Presidents of the Kalagam received her garlanding her, wrapping the traditional shawl round her shoulders, presenting her with a plaque and finally presenting her with a piece of jewelry – a Lakshmi Pendent commemorating her wonderful services. “Of the eighty years of the Vidyalayam, Padma served forty years guiding its destinies,” said the President of the Kalagam tracing briefly the history of the school and Padma’s devoted services.

 
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REAP – Religion, Education and Pluralism.
  REAP - Religion, Education and Pluralism.

REAP under the leadership of Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha – the Advisor on Reconciliation to H.E. the President is planning to organize Exchange Programmes at the School level as a way forward in Healing and Reconciliation.

The President Hindu Women’s Society Mrs.Sivanandini Duraiswamy, as the Hindu Representation of REAP, organised a meeting for principals of Hindu School in Colombo and invited the Zonal Directors (Tamil) Colombo and Kilinochchi.

Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha explained in detail the theme of the project with introductory statements by Mrs.Duraiswamy and Mr. Javid Yusuf. It was decided that 10-15 students and 2 teachers from the school in the south go to a school in the north for a three-four day camp at Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu or Mankulam and these students will :

1. Help their counterpart to forget and forgive
2. Create an awareness that there are different communities, different faiths and cultures in our Country
3. Bring about relationships and linkages
4. Help to build trust, respect and acceptance.

The groups would come together to achieve reconciliation through
1. Dialogue
2. Living- in-experience
3. Joint prayer and meditation
4. Shramadana
5. Art, music games and dramatics and
6. A joint study of English, Maths and Science

Together with various other ways work towards reconciliation.

It was decided that Hindu Ladies Collage – Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam would twin with St. Theresa’s Girls Collage in Kilinichchi in early January 2013 and both the schools will jointly help Barathy Vidyalayam Mixed School which is a less privileged school needing assistance. The other Hindu schools namely Ramanathan Hindu Ladies College, Colombo Hindu College, Ratmalana Hindu College, Vivekananda College and Mutwal Hndu College will also participate in these exchange programme and help in reconciliation and healing so vital for our children in the war torn areas of the country.

 
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The Launching ceremony of the new edition of Remembering Hindu Traditions.
  Remembering Hindu Traditions.

Turning the pages of the book, we see the scaffolding of observances – the stepping stones to reach the goal

 
   

Our Hindu Culture is ancient yet vibrant adding beauty and depth to it.
Through these pages we understand the ‘whys’ and the ‘wherefores’ behind each observance lending meaning to an otherwise mechanically performed action in our day to day activities.

 
   

An effective means of prayer is to chant a mantra knowing its meaning.
The Gayatri Mantra is unique in that it embodies the three concepts of stotra (singing the praise and glory of God), dhyaana (meditation) and praarthana (prayer).

 
   

Guru Pournima
The Guru is none other than Brahma, Vishnu, Ishwara and the supreme Brahman In Hindu tradition, a perfect fully blossomed lotus flower with its bud bowing low in obveissance before it is the delicate picture that portrays Guru Pournima.

The story of Krishna is a grand saga of a many splendoured legend woven into embroidery of the story of Krishna is a grand piring stories. These stories carry messages of love and peace, truth and righteousness to the strife torn world of today .

 
   

As we turn the pages of the book “Remembering Hindu Traditions” the path way consisting of - the stepping stones is laid before us. And, “let all my life take its voyage to its eternal home in one salutation to thee,”

 
   
 
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Board Room Open Function.
  The Board room of the Kalagam.

The Kalagam has been in existence since 1930 working in the educational, social, religious and cultural fields. To fulfill its objectives it has several institutions under it. The premier Institution of the Kalagam is the Vidyalayam, the secondary school – the only private assisted school for girls in the island.

The expenses of the Kalagam to look after all its institutions is high and as a result it was not able to build a Boardroom for itself all the past eighty two years.

Just this month after much preparation, the Kalagam Boardroom was inaugurated with prayers within the Kalagam premises. A Boardroom is a room provided for the members of the Kalagam Board of Management to meet, discuss and decide on issues pertaining to the various institutions under it.

 
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Navaraatri – the Saga of Devi during the nine nights.
  Navaraatri – the Saga of Devi during the nine nights.

The Saiva Mangiayar Kalgam for over eighty years has been annually celebrating Navaraatri – the Saga of Devi during the nine nights of the month of Purataadhi (October-November)

Being a women’s organization it considers the Saga of Devi as all important and celebrates the event with great fervor and piety. To the Kalagam members, Navaraatri is a call that awakens them year after year to experience and express afresh the inherent divine nature, to make manifest the eternal truth and love, to subdue and finally eradicate the evil forces within themselves. In order to achieve this, God as Mother Divine is worshipped in Her three fold aspect of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathy for nine days followed by the Day of Victory – Vijaya Dasami on the tenth day remembering all the while that God is One and appears in different manifestations. The Kalagam celebrates Navaraatri through its Institutions – the Vidyalayam and the School of Music and Dance. The elaborate pujas and singing of devotional music is conducted by the Viydyalayam followed by the Vijayadasami puja and the initiation of little children into learning while the School of Music and Dance also initiates new students into fine arts.

Vijayadasam is important since it is the Founders’ Day of the Vidyalayam and the Kalagam in association with the Vidyalayam observes Vijayadasami with the hoisting of the School flag, the Kalagam flag and the National flag and the singing of the anthems.

 
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Elders Day 2011
  Elders Day 2011

The Elders day was celebrated on 1st October 2011. The elders and youth took part actively. The guardians were invited for the function. The Chief guest Dr.Yohini Ratnasabapathy gave a speech on stroke medics. The youth entertained the Elders. Gifts were given to the Elders and was followed by refreshments

 
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Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam Remembers the First Principal Deshabandu Kasipillai, Principal (1937 – 1969) , who passed away on the 8th December, 2005
  5th Annual Deshabandu Kasippillai Memorial Lecture – 16th January, 2011

Tha Kalagam organized the annual memorial lecture of Deshabandu Nahammal Kasipillai on the 16th of January 2011 at the Kalagam’s main hall. Several distinguished invitees, from the family and Hindu Community participated at the function and remembered the great lady with respect. She was identified then during the fiftees and sixties as the “Star of Wellawatte”, who became the first ever Principal of a school at the age of 23 years. She held the post for a period of 32 years - an opportunity any other Principal could not have then, now or in the future.

The 5th annual memorial lecture was delivered by Prof. S. Sandirasegaram, former Dean and Professor of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo on the subject “Deshabandu Nahammal Kassipillai’s contributions to the field of Education and Current and Future Trends in Education”

The event was chaired by the Retired Supreme Court Judge, Honorable Justice C.V.Vigneswaran. President of the Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam and the Manager of the Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam Mrs. Sivanandini Duraiswamy delivered the welcome address. On behalf of the Family Mrs. Nimalan Karthigeyan, proposed the Vote of Thanks.

 
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80th Anniversay of the Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam
  The Inaugural Address of the President, Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam ( Hindu Women's Society) at its 80th             Anniversary – Mrs. Yogendra Duraiswamy

"Today is our 80th Founders' Day. On this sacred day we remember our founders Mrs. REasamuttu Sathasivam, Mrs. Sornacanthy Nallainathan and Mrs; Balambigai Namasiavayam who were inspired by Mudaliyar Easanayagam and the celebrated monk Swami Vipulanandaji.

These ladies founded the Kalagam, rediscovering themselves and joining hands to preserve their ancient way of life, foster Hindu Culture and the Tamil Language. This was their tryst with destiny and the Kalagam they founded is indeed a divine gift that endures.

Th remarkable pioneers had inspired a many splendoured tradition of education for, they visualized the importance of religions, culture and the mother tongue in the development of a child. The words of Milton, "Childhood shows the man as morning shows the day," guided these ladies to work for the education of children. Children do symbolize the coming generation and have to be guided into maturity through love and understanding in an atmosphere of spiritual traditions and moral values so that they may face the challenges of their life in the future.

With these thoughts in mind the Secondary School , the Vidyalayam was started in 1932 becoming the premier Institution of the Kalagam. And today the Vidyalayam is the assisted private school for hindu girls in t he Island. It was indeed a proud yet prayerful moment for us when Mythili Sivapathasunderam, our student scored first place in the Bio-science Division at the all island Advance Level Examination last year.

Together with education, religion, culture and service were also important aspects nurtured by the Kalagam ladies hoping that their objectives will be fulfilled into a beautiful synthesis which spread its cultural fragrance over the Hindu community of the country. These pioneers "may not have reaped where they had labored; we at the helm reap what they have sown and our harvest may be garnered by agaes yet unknown.'' These words of my old school hymn come to memory as we remember our Founders.

This is indeed the finest hour for the Kalagam as we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We are proud but at the same time humble and thankful that we have been given the opportunity to serve our fellow beings. Let me conclude remembering Mahatma Gandhi's words, "The Past belongs to us but we do not belong to the Past. We belong to the Present; we are the makers of the Future." With these words I would like to welcome you all and thank you for being with us on this important day."

Scan the programs –

The 80th anniversary of the Kalagam was heralded with prayers and the singing of the Thevarams by the ladies of the Kalagam and the children of the Vidyalayam and the School of Music and Dancing.

A bevy of young damsels sang the Thirupugal hymns and lit the traditional Kuththu Villaku resounding with the words – "Deepa Mangala Jyothi Namo Nama."

The curtain rose for Pushpanjali when a group of Vidyalayam children offered flowers ushering the anniversary. This was the Pushpanjali, saying and dancing offering flowers.

This was followed by the benedictory of Sri Jayaraj of the Kamban Kalagam. His blessings were profound as he blessed the ladies and paid tributes to the wonderful work that had been done and is being done by the group.

A folk item – the dance of the Kuraththi, the Gypsy dance we performed by the children of the school of Music and Dance.

The Chief Guest was Hon. Prabha Ganeshan who has offered to help the Vidyalyam in whatever form he could. In fact this offer had come quite q while ago. The Vidyalayam is an Assisted Private non-fee levying school for girls and help of this nature is greatly appreciated.

The last item of the programme was a scene from the Musical "Sound of Music" by the children of the Vidyalayam – a beautiful finale to a grand event.

 
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Founders’ Day – Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam

(Speech deliverd by the President of the Kalagam, Sivanandini Duraiswamy).

On the 10th day in December 2009, the members of the Kalagam ushered in the 80th year of the founding of the Kalagam.

Eight decades have passed since the Kalagam was founded and it was on this momentous day that three women boldly founded the society.  This was their tryst with destiny as they rediscovered themselves and joined hands to foster Hindu religion, culture and the Tamil  Language.

The achievement of founding the Kalagam was only their first  vital step presenting challenges, opportunities and openings for greater endeavours. The Founders followed by their successors  set out to fulfill the objects and lend a helping hand to the Hindu women and children in our country. During those colonial days when Tamil and Hinduism were on the wane, the Kalagam  needed to institute both Tamil and Hinduism  and plan to provide the infra-structure for fulfilling these twin objectives.

Holy personages and noble hearted people have visited the Kalagam and  bestowed  upon  us their good wishes. In this distinguished line we have Pandit Nehru, his wife Kamala and daughter Indira,  Sarojini Naidu,  Vijayalakshmi Pandit Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishna Bai, Rukmini Devi of Kalashetra, several Swamis from the Ramakrishna Mission and the Chinmaya Mission  to mention just a few who  have extended their generous support to us.

Today as we felicitate our student for coming first in the Island in the recently concluded Advance Level examination in the Bio Stream,  we in the Kalagam can claim to have come a long way in fulfilling our tasks and achieving objectives. We do have a very long way to go and as Robert Frost says - 
“The woods are lovely dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep
And  miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep.”
We have made our promises and  need to fulfill them.

As we hold aloft the banner of  Hindu religion, culture and the Tamil Language, we have endeavoured to move forward building the Kalagam and all its Institutions.

On this memorable occasion  we release our 80the Anniversary Souvenir, the Vidyalayam  its annual Magazine and the E gait helps us to release our web site – www.mangaiyarkalagam.lk.

May we ask  as Rabindranath Tagore asked, as the Lord Almighty,

“Give us the strength to raise our mind high above daily trifles;
Give us the strength to make our life fruitful in service.”

   
 
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Milestones - Special Events

Founding of the Kalagam The Kalagam was inaugurated amidst the delicate chimes of the Temple bells on the 10th day of December 1930 with the blessings of Swami Vipulananda and Mudaliyar Rasanayagam.
During this period theKalagam inaugurated several institutions – namely
 
Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam (Hindu Ladies College), 1932
Building of Kalagam Hall in 1934
Registered Kalagam under the Societies Ordinance in 1936 as Saiva Mangaiyar Kalagam S 30
The Shrine Room in 1939
School for Carnatic Music and Bharata Natyam in 1945.
Nursery School in 1954.
 
Its Silver Jubilee – 25 years saw a build up of the Kalagam and the celebrations began with the bringing of the Pillayar Murti “Pillayar Pavani” from the Pillayar Temple in Nugegoda to the Kalagam amidst Nadaswarm music and the singing of Tevarams and taking It back to theTemple after special homams and pujas at the Kalagam
During this period several celebrations and programmes were inaugurated – namely
 
Dinner at Grand Oriental Hotel with Governor General Sir Oliver       Goonatilleke as Chief Guest
Sivananda Nilayam - in 1960.
Mangaiyar Illam - in 1972.
 
Its Golden Jubilee – 50 years of hard work made Kalagam an important organisation amidst the Hindus of the country. History echoes through the Kalagam with a vivid rhythm as it was founded to resusitate the Hindu social structure.
During this period several celebrations and programmes were inaugurated – namely
 
Mangaiyar Mela with Prime Minister Hon. Premadasa as Chief Guest - 1980
Balambigai Namasivyam Working Women's Hostel in 1984.
Building of Sornacanthy Nallainathan Memorial
Building of Balambigai Namasivayam Memorial
Re-naming 1st Block as Rasamuttu Sathasivam Memorial
 
Its 60th Anniversary – 60 years is the Daimond Jubilee of the Kalagam. To celebrate this occasion, the kalagam became a hive of activity organising several programmes – namely
Special Diamond Jubilee Programme at Taj Hotel with
 
Minister Hon Lokubandara as Chief Guest
Minister Devaraj as Guest of Honour
Yoga Centre in 1994
A Home for Elders - in 1994
Shaaka Programme – in 1995
Refurbishing of Kalagam Hall by Hon. Minister Ashrauff – in 1996
 
Its 70th Anniversary - At a time in the 1930s when the Hindus had lost faith in their age old culture the Kalagam was founded and 70 years later it had grown into a well knit organisation Despite the ongoing conflict, the Kalagam has embarked on humanitarian work extending its caring services to refugee families and moved its activities out into a few backward villages to help in the educational, religious, cultural and social fields.
To celebrate its 70the year the following programmes were organised
 
Dinner at the Kalagam with High Commissioner of India H.E. Gopal Krishna Gandhi as Chief Guest Mrs. Todarova, World Bank Country Director as the Guest of Honour
 
Platinum Jubilee Year – 75 years in the history of a society is long. The remarkable ladies had inspired a many splendoured tradition of education.They worked with an ideal hoping that the objectives will be fulfilled into a beautiful synthesis which will spread its cultural fragrance over the young Hindu community. While pursuing the objectives, they widened the activities to encompass the many issues relating to the present situation in the country – rehabilitation of displace families, relief work, caring for elders and looking after parentless children and coping with the unethical conversions prevalent and expanding into several rural areas and strengthening the Hindus.
Special programmes were initiated to commemorate the Platinum Year
 
Ganesha and Lakshmi Homam ceremonies at Kalagam with Hon.Minister Chandrasekeram as Chief Guest.
Tsunami Relief work in Mullaitivu, Batticoloa and Trincomalee 2006
Adoption of Kallappaadu in Mullaitivu – after tsunami – 2007
Multi Media Room for Vidyalayam - 2007
 
The Kalagam Visions Learning Centre – building work started in April 2009.
The Early Years of the Kalagam and th Visiting Dignitaries
 
The founding of the Kalagam reawakened the Hindus, particularly the women, from their slumber. It united them in the resolve to preserve an ancient way of life and to promote the Hindu Dharma through the mother tongue, Tamil.
To fulfil this, Tirukural classes were conducted by Francis Kingsbury, lectures were conducted by the Ramakrishna Mission Swami Shivananda, Swami Sharvananda and Swami Asangananda for the members.
YSpinning and weaving classes were started and became very popular amongst the younger members.
Observances of Hindu religious fasts and festivals, abhishekams and pujas, Guru pujas of the Nayanmars were meticulously arranged and to this date are observed regularly.
The Founders sincerely also felt that to achieve the goal of promoting the Hindu Dharma through the mother tongue, the education of children in the service and spirit of religion and human values promotes the three Rs and contributes towards the fulfilment of life.
To fulfil this idea, the Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam was founded.
Amidst all these activities, the Kalagam received visiting dignitaries and accorded receptions to outstanding women
in 1931 received Pundit Nehru and family at Naga Vila
in 1932 hosted a reception with Tamil Women’s Union in honour of the first women State Councillors - Mrs Naysum Saravanamuttu and Mrs Adeline Molamure.
In 1933, received the Directorof Education – Mr. L. Macrae
in 1934 accorded a reception to Tagore and his troupe
in 1938 had a reception for the Maharanee of Mysore
in 1939 received Pundit Nehru at the Kalagam Hall
in 1950 His Holiness Swami Sivananada from Rishikesh graced the Kalagam
n 1954 received Smt. Vijayalaishmi Pandit and two daughters and Swami Ramadas and Mother Krishnabai
in 1955 Smt. Ranganayaki and Sri G. Venkatachalam participated at the Silver Jubilee Isai Vila
in 1956 received Professor Sambamurti from the Madras
University and Sri Pasupathy partipated at the Isai Vila in 1973 received Rukmani Arundale
in 1985 received the Swedish Charged`Affairs at the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the Sornacanthy Nallainathan Memorial.
In 1988 received Hon. Minister Thondaman and the Norwegian Ambassador at the opening of the Rasamuthu Sathasivam and SornacanthyNallainathan Memorials
in 1991 received the incoming Swami of the Ramakrishna
Mission Swami Atmaghanananda
in 1993 received Swami Sridharananda from India.
in 1997 hosted the High Commissioner of India Sri and Smt Shiv Shankar Menon toDinner
in 1998 received Hon. Douglas Devananda
in 2000 hosted the High Commissioner of India Sri and Smt Gopal Krishna Gandhi to Dinner the chief guests at Kalagam’s 70th anniversary
in 2003 entertains delegates from the International Alliance of Women
in 2004 received the High Commissioner of India Sri Nirupam
Sen at the book launching of the “Creative Touches of the Chisel.”
in 2004 received Matajis of the Sarada Sevashram, Kolkotta
in 2004 December received Minister Hon, Chandrasekeram as Chief Guest for the Homam ceremonies.
in 2005 Platinum Year of the Kalagam – High Commissioner of India, Mrs. Nirupama Sen was the Chief Guest
in 2007 Swami Sarvarupananda from the Ramakrishna Mission, Colombo
in 2008 February received Director Richard Walden of Operations USA
in 2008 March The National Hindu Educational Council was formed to look into Hindu education in schools with Prof. Saba Jegarajah as the Chairman
in 2008 November received Sri Rahul Nehra in connection with the inauguration of Aarti Hindu TV Channel.
in January 2009 received Rish Thondanathan of Hawaii Subramunya Ashram hosted breakfast at the Mangaiyar Illam
in 2009 March received Sami Krihsnathmanandaji of the Salem Chinmaya Mission to breakfast at the Illam.
in 2009 May received the celebrated dor Sri and Smt Dhananajayams to a lecture demonstarion
in 2009 May received Prof. Sittrampalam for the Kasipillai Memorial Oration
in June received Dr. Paikiasothy, Mrs. Vijitha Fernando and Kamala Nagendra for Yogendra Duraiswamy’s Memorial Meeting
in June 2009 received Dr. Ponna Wignaraja for Sunthari Wignaraja’s Memorial Prayer Meeting
 
 
 
Calendar of Events
January
Thai Pongal festivities at the Balambigai Namasivayam Illam and Mangaiyar Illam.
February
Observance of Mrs. Balambigai Namasivayam’s Thithi.
March
Maha Sivaratri Observances – Kalagam and its Institutions with Pujas, Bhajans and Vigil at the Kalagam and Balambigai Namasivayam Illam. Annual Prize Day.
Vidyalayam Primary School Sports Meet.
Observance of International Women’s Day.
Vidyalayam Upper School Sports Meet.
April
New Year Observances – Kalagam and its Institutions - On the second Fridays at Assembly (of the respective months) Appar (April), Sambandhar (May), Manikkavasagar (June) and Sundarar (July).
In association with the Hindu Council of Sri Lanka – conduct the Residential Seminar for the Araneri teachers at the village level.
 
May
In association with the Chinmaya Mission – Chinmaya Anjali.
June
Commerce Day.
English Day.
July
Kalai Vizha.
August
Advanced Level Examination.
Year 5 Scholarship Examination.
 
September
Library Day.
October
Teachers Day.
Navaraari celebrations
- Saraswathi Pooja
- Vijayadasami
- Founders’Day of the Vidyalayam
- Shakti Vizha
Science Day.
Prefects Day.
Observances of the Navaratri Puja and Vijayadasami – Kalagam and its Institutions.
School of Music and Dance – Vidyarambam and Vaani Vila.
Elders’ Day at the Balambigai Namasivayam Illam.
Skanda Shasti Observances – fasting and singing of Kavasam.
November
Family Schools Deepavali Programme – Primary School.
Bhagavan Baba’s Birthday Celebrations and Luncheon.
Kartigai Somavaram – Vidyalayam – first Monday and Kalagam – third Monday - Sangaabhishekam.
December
First Friday – Multi Faiths Day.
Parliament Day.
Annual General Meeting and Thanks-giving Puja.
 
     
     
     
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