Biography of Savumiamoorthy Thondaman

Sri Lankan Politician Savumiamoorthy Thondaman Biography
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Savumiamoorthy Thondaman (August 30, 1913 – October 30, 1999) also spelled Saumyamurthy Thondaman. is a Sri Lankan politician who represented the Indian Tamils population of Sri Lanka) Indian Tamils of Sri Lanka of which he was a member.

At the time of his death, he was both the oldest and the seniormost members of the Sri Lankan Cabinet where he had served continuously for 21 years from 1978, under four Sri Lankan Presidents and the leader of the political party Ceylon Workers’ Congress. He was succeeded by his grandson Arumugam Thondaman.

Savumiamoorthy Thondaman Biography

Savumiamoorthy Thondaman Early Life

Thondaman was born in Muna Pudur, Tamil Nadu (then called Madras State) India, the son of Kumaravel Karuppaiah and Sithammai; father Kumaravel Karuppaiah was from Thondaman clan that lived in parts of Ramanathapuram District in India.


Savumiamoorthy Thondaman lived with his mother and three elder sisters in Munna pudur and he saw his father for the first time when he was seven. His father used to spend long spells of time in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) for work.

Thondaman attended the newly established local Tamil school in Munna Pudur till 1924, when he left for Ceylon to join his father. At that time Thondaman’s father Karuppaia who was initially a estate labouer rose to become a estate owner in Nuwara Eliya Districtwhere was the first Indian origin Tamil from the indenture labourer stock to own a tea estate in Ceylon.

After joining his father Thondaman attended a small estate school for 3 years, later in 1927 he joined St. Andrews College of Gampola. Thondaman was at St. Andrew’s for five years, from 1927 to 1932.