Yagyaraman Mahadevan

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Kallidaikurichi May 14, 2008

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- Small town totally out of the crowd, pollution, excessive cars and more importantly IT companies :-)

- Place where everyone in the street knows each other very well personallly to an extent, where they can walk in to the house anytime to speak with you.

- Narrow gap between houses on both sides is being “Vasal telichu and kolam pottu” in a uniform way.

- People sitting and chatting in the Veetu THINNAI.

- Small temple, amidst a small lake on side and “Vayal” on the other side

- BREEZE of the trees in the middle of vayakadu which you feel would even blow you off

- Milk in the house comes from the Cowin the kollapuram

- A door in the house which actually connects you to the house that is next to you. (In olden days, these doors would connect from the first house all through the last house)

- A function in your house, is being celebrated happily, joyfully as if it is their house function by your neighbours

- Mangais for the manga urugai comes from own mango grove

- Putting a thalani in the hall and lyling down, the breeze making you sleep even in the summer noon

- When you are given a cup of Tea / Coffee, you are expected to “Thooki kudi” (drink with the tumbler not touching your lips)

- When you enter a house as a guest, everyone in the house come to welcome you in.

- When the guest are there, spend time talking with them rather than seeing TV

Is it not going through this list amazing…….

When I type this post, I am able to experience them again!!!!

Me and Madhu experienced all of this within a day in Kallidaikurichi (my native place) near Tirunelveli.

 

336 Responses to “Kallidaikurichi”

  1. ss Says:

    Ithu mathiri ethavathu oru oorukku porathey sugam thaan. Nothing can beat the peace n relaxation u get there

    • Lakshminarayanan Says:

      I am from Veerappapuram St. Ramudu sir grandson and Lalitha School – Venkataraman first son. My brother is Suresh and he very often comes to Kallidai. Nice to see the phto’s and correspondence in the website.

      Any new news in Kallidai please update me.

      Thanks

      • K.Narayanan [ called NANA by others] Says:

        Dear sri Lakshminarayanan
        I am very much excited to read the comments, references regarding the
        daily activities of KICans and the anecdotes of incidents in the early days
        If I recall correctly you are mentioning about Sir Ramudu who was staying
        in the second house from the Eastend [ going from Mudaliappapuram to
        Srivaragha Temple ], He was my head teacher when I was in Lalitha Ele-
        mentary School. Afterwards I studiedin PSG college of technology and when I went to KIC during vacation I made it meet a point to meet him without fail, I am with my son at Korba, Chattisgarh. I, my wife and my son
        visited KIC quite some years back, probably in 1974.Somehow visit to KIC
        is not getting materiallised. My elder brother known by his nickname
        Seemachu is well known to many in KIC. His son Ramakrishnan[ Ambi ]
        who visits often to attend various social functions will help me to visit.I was
        residing in 98 Mudaliappapuram [ opp. to RSA sankaraiyer's house ]
        Wishing you,your family and Suresh’s family all the best let me close

      • S.Ramaswami Says:

        I studied Lalitha School in the Year 1945 to 1950. I also went to Tuition with Ramudu Sir from 1946 to 1953 in his house. I stayed with my grand father, V.Subbiah iyer, 103 veerapuram st. I worked in India cements ltd, Thalaiyuthu & retired in 1999.Presently, I’m with my son in L.A (USA). My name is Ramaswami. Regards to all KALLIDAIANS.

      • S.Ramaswami Says:

        Further, I also remember Kulathu sir (class 1), Krishna Iyer Sir (class 2), Rayar Sir (class 3), Sundaramier Sir (class4 ) of course, Ramudu Sir (class5). Even I went to Cinema (Chandrlekha) in a touring theater with Ramudu Sir family in 1951 or 1952 (at that time my age was 11only).These are my old days remembrance of Kallidai.
        Till I’m occasionally going to Kallidai ; my last visit was 2010.

      • yegnasubramanian Says:

        hi ramakrishnan,
        this is yegnasubramanian
        57 years,living in delhi ,from kallidai. my mother kaveri ,from 34, mudhaliappapuram,says her fathers mama s grandson is seemachu.pls confirm n respond to ysmanian@hotmail.com..where is your son in balco or ntpc. i was with sterlite group takenover balco.. my father chidambaram, from 1 mela mada st..nice to know you. regards manian..

  2. Ram Says:

    Hi, Iam from kandappapuram st Kallidai, i would like to know if u have any info regrding kallidaikurichi, can u send me

    • VL Says:

      Kandappapuram Street…WHO R u we know AR Sir, Type sir, Keena Sir, Chidambarakrishnan, Garuda Vilas family mami, mama and two sons Raju and Ramachandran, & Lab sankaran sir and next to his house RV mill….

  3. aruna Says:

    We realise this heaven only after leaving Tamil Nadu.
    anbudan aruna

  4. balaji g Says:

    Hi, I am Balaji s/o Late GAnesan Iyer,
    I am working for vijayabank as Manager, and I am
    basically from vaithiappapuram street. I can’t forget Kallidaikurichi in my life because my wife is also from the same place Isannidhi Street Kallidai)
    her name is vishalakshi

    regards

    • Kanna Says:

      Hai Balaji
      I am kanna(keena sir athu) from kandappapuram st now in chandigarh.Vishalakshi was my Diffusion colligue Hope you can recogonise me.Nan, Hari ellarum vaithiappapuram streetla onga athla thinnaila carram board cards vilayadina days really superb.Those are unforgettable days.Convey my regards to visalam and hari

      • balaji Says:

        Hai Kanna, I had no time to open the mail. Sorry for the delay. I am at present in Guwahati (along). Visalam and my daughter (Harini) are in Bangalore with my mother. last May I went to Kallidai Kurichi and met some of our friends. mymobile number is 09864755044

    • srini Says:

      hi balji

      This is cheenu(kuyhukkal theru) this side from dubai,how r u, which branch you are in pls.send me your tel no my no 00971504963507

      hope every one is fine s]at your end

      cheeni

      • Balaji G Says:

        Dear Cheeni Mama,

        This is Balaji here. I am fine and presently back to Bangalore after completing 2 years of North East service at Assam. Presently posted to Head Office Vigilance Department. Amma, wife and daughter are staying with me in Bangalore. I am trying your number whereas I am not getting the line. Please reply to me in my mail id gbalajig2009@gmail.com

    • VL Says:

      who is Visalakshi from sannadhi st? because I am from15 sannadhi street

    • VL Says:

      Vishalakshi is the daughter of Nana sir????

  5. Subhashree Says:

    lovely place.. wish to spend my life there.. lets see atleast i will spend my retired life there..

  6. G. Seetharaman Says:

    Hai,

    This is Seetharaman from Subramanipuram Street. I spent my school/college days there. Now working abroad, family settled in Chennai. I am nearing my retirement and have plan plan to settle there, beautiful place to live in for a peaceful, retired life.

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      Dear Mr Seetharaman,
      If I am correct, your father was used to be called Singapore Mama, Your sister Rajam is in Neyveli. Your eldest Sister Papa was a teacher in one of the Kallidai Schools. She was in Pune sometime. We were in Subramania Puram Street (House no. 7 or 8) near Late Ramalinga Bagavathar’s house. I am presently employed in Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited, Kolkata 700024 (PSU). I am also a Trade Union Leader and conduct some Right to Information activities. I am due to retire in July 2011 (60 years).

      • G. Seetharaman Says:

        Hai Sambamurthy, I still remember those days we studied together at Tilak Vidyalaya High School, though you were one or two years junior to me. I think you have two brothers (Vijayan and Murthy) and two sisters. Where are Vijyan and Murthy staying? Convey my regards to them. I am residing in Chennai at Vadapalani. I was working abroad for about 18 years and am now leading a retired life. I have two children; one son and daughter. Both are well settled in the U.S. Even myself and my wife are planning a trip to Kallidai by the end of this month (July 2010) to attend the Sastha Preethi to be conducted on 31st July at Mudaliappapuram Street. I was always looking for friends whenever I visited KIC. Our house is still there and Kumar has been staying there. This is my telphone number in Chennai 04423651046. When you get time please call me.
        Best regards,
        G. Seetharaman (Ambi)

      • HI iam laxmanan from kandappapuram st. I am working as a deputy manger in STATE BANK OF BIKANER AND JAIPUR at ashok nagar chennai.Do u remember me. MY phone no is 09962017967

  7. Hema Gopal Says:

    This kind of villages are fading away, nowadays.
    Our in-laws belong to Vedaranyam District. Our family deity is Thillaivilagam Sri Kothandaramar. It is a unique place where Lord Rama and Natarajar bless us in one compound.
    A visit to this small village, Thillaivilagam revealed how peaceful life is. The temple is surrounded by a reasonably big pond (kovil kulam) where lot of lily/lotus blossom. The tiled houses in agraharam have olden type with long thinnai, mappilai thindu etc. Inside Rezhi, camera ullu, perumal ullu, rooms for storage, camera ullu etc…. The kollaipuram had long passage where people grow all kinds of herbal, floral trees/plants for their day to day requirement, starting from tomato, pachai milagai, elumichai, manga, narthanga, veppa maram, maruthani, kadarangai, kathiri, vendai etc. Every house in agraharam had cows, nice vasal thelithu, kolam pottu events in early mornings. Basically village is agraraian in nature.
    Of course, urbanisation has impact in cable tv, TV serials screaming in hot afternoons, very few people prepared to do agri.
    I wonder and pray we should get back to agriculture, as future days are going to be horrible, in rising prices, demand for good rice produce. Once our mission comes to a level in materialistic world, we should go back to our roots and spend time peacefully with our natives, with a social commitment by way of agri, teaching village poor students, preserving environment etc. May God bless us.

  8. SRINIVASAN (VASU) Says:

    I hail from Ekambarapuram Street, Kallidaikurichi but now in Chennai. Due to my and wife’s job / kids education, I am not even in a position to go there every year. Last stay there was 3 years back. I finished my graduation in 1990 and was regular visitor there. But in the last few years, not able to visit. We enjoyed our games in land / Kannadiyan Canal / cricket. My wife is from Ramachandrapuram Street.

  9. bhuvana Says:

    hai i am bhuvana from mealamada st.
    it is lovely place. i am missing a lot. i dont have words to say. that atthangarai,pearumal kovil, sivan kovil vaikal,
    purattasi sani kizhami.

    that golden days are never come back.

  10. swaminathan Says:

    SORGAME ENDRALUM NAMMA (KALLIDAIKURICHI) OORA POLAAHUMAA? ILAYARAJA SONNATHU GNAPAGAM VARATHU

    SWAMINATHAN

    • Chinambi Says:

      If not mistaken ur working with State bank of india , kovilpati!!!I’m chinambi of Chandra appalam depot.,kallidaikurichi,southmada street…

      • Ganapathi Says:

        Hi Chinnambi, Naan Gemini

      • Ramani Says:

        Hi Chinnambi,

        I am Ramani (earlier I was staying in No. 3, Sannathi st. I met you in Mumbai also.
        Where are you now? still in Mumbai. I am staying in Dombivli. My mobile no. is 9322430582. Please contact me.

        Regards,

        Ramani

      • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

        hai chinambi
        I am…………..you will be shocked……………………………………….VL

      • vl Says:

        hai chinnambi… Iam VL….(presently in New delhi). I think you are in Mumbai??? what about Periambi. In those days you use to hear the pocket radia keeping it near to your ears and missing/slipping it down many times and the wonder is how many times you are slipping the pocket radio down to ground, it will going on working better and better in every fallen time. What a wonder in those days????

  11. Ram Says:

    Kallidai is God’s place and a heaven on earth, very sad to go back after every function, i was born and bought up in chennai and coming 2 Kallidai for major functions.

  12. manikandan Says:

    hai!its manikandan from melamada street behind perumal kovil.now iam
    in moscow.i miss my kallidai a lot.now iam happy to see this comments from my people about my birth place.i miss you kallidai!!!!!!!!

  13. kailasam.R Says:

    hai, i am from Veravanallur. My mama family from Kallidaikurichi. So many times I have visited Kallidai.Mama SRI D.Guruswamy Sastrigal(93) SRINGERI Asthana Vidwan.He passed away last Feb-2008.Mama was a versatile personality. He was a very fine sanskrit scholar and student of sanskrit college on the banks of Tambraparani at Kallidai. My mother , Meenakshi (85) spent her most of her childhood times at Kallidai.(Veerappapuram street)She resides with me now at Chennai.My mother sings well.She learnt music from Sri Sankaranaraya Bagawathar student of Sri Muthiah Bagavathar.My another Mama Sri Ramanatha Dikshithar( rama vadhyar) presently at Kumbakoanm(90 now).

    • R Rajamani Says:

      Hello,

      Nice to see your writings about Late Shri Guruswamy Sasthrigal. His grandson Shri D.Krishnaswamy, now Dy Mgr in SBI, Chennai (son of Shri Dhakshinamurthy Sir of Tilak Vidyalaya) is my co-brother. We also lived in Kallidai, Mudaliappa puram Street. I just love Kallidai and my in-laws are there in Sri Varahapuram Street. So I visit them often. I am now located in Trivandrum. ………..R.Rajamani

      • kannan DSP Says:

        hallo kallidai makkas & makkis

        here is DSP back in action !!!!!!!!!!
        very sorry for the delay. Hey, Mr Rajamani, very happy to see u here. i think u know better about kallidai than me. but one thing. U did not tell me about your stay at Mudaliappaputam street till now..????
        due to surfing this blog, i got few of my old friends’ contact. yegni, epdi da irruke?

        please do contact at dkswamy71@gmail.com also…

        bye now..

      • P jayapal Says:

        Hi Rajamani, I am Jayapal, also spent my school and college days in Kallidai. Ipassed out of Tilak Vidyalaya in 1971. Even we had a Rajamani from Mudaliappapuram st, in our class. I hope like hell that you are the one I am talking about. pse confirm thanx.

  14. Sriram B Says:

    Hello
    My Name is B. Sriram. Born and brought up in Kallidai till my college days. My mother was headmistress of Saraswathy school during 80s and 90s. We first lived in Melapaatanayinaar puram street and then Sannadhi Street. I miss Kallidai a lot. My wife Gomathi is also from Kallidai. I hope to be able to visit Kallidaikurichi soon.

    • Kanna Says:

      Hai sriram
      Nice to see u here and i am kanna (autoor) presently in chandigarh.I was very happy the moment i saw ur name.Convey my namaskarams to ur mum and dad.How is sridhar and Jaisree.
      When are u comming to india.Pl be in touch i dont know how to get ur contact thro this.Eagerly expecting ur reply.

    • balaji Says:

      Hai BS, This is Balaji (Hari’s Brother) presently working in Vijaya Bank, Regional Office, Guwahati. Till last year I was in Bangalore where I met Undai who is working in Canara Bank. Do you remember Big Undai (Unakkum Anna Irukkan, Avanakkum Anna Irukkan)
      My mobile no is 09864755044 and mail id is gbalajig2009@
      keep in touch

      • Sriram B Says:

        Hello Balaji

        How are you. Where is Hari now? I was in kallidai briefly (My wife Gomathi’s house is couple of houses from yours in vaithiappa puram) last year. Planning on visiting Chennai during end May. My email address is bssriram@gmail.com

        Sriram B

    • HY Subramanian Says:

      Hi B Sriram,

      I don’t whether you are remembering me or not. I was your neibhour in our school days. Next house to Kattai ramalingam at Melapattanainarpuram. I am kumar(kutti kumar/Yegni). My no. is 9540559581. while going through the post I saw your name. How is brother Mr. Sreedhar and sister Jayashree. convey my regards to them and your parents too. Kindly give me your no.. I don’t know whether U R in India or not. my email id is hysmanian@gmail.com. R U in touch with Gangai Mami Kumar

      • Sriram B Says:

        Hello Kumar

        Good to be back in touch.. How is your mom? Are you still in Delhi? I met Gangai Mami Kumar in Singapore around 1997 but lost touch after that. I will email you..

        Sriram B

    • sandhya Says:

      hello sriram anna, this is sandhya. do you remember me? I was your neighbour in sannathi st kallidai. at that time you were doing mca in tvl and i still remember how i disturbed u during ur exam preparations (i was 2 yrs old at that time).nice to know about you.pls let me know your e mail id.expecting your reply

    • Thakkudu Says:

      Hello sriram anna, i am Ganeshan from Thonthivilakam street currently i am in Doha. Daily i am interacting with your amma & appa about old kallidai stories. I am very close to your akka jeyasri and sekar atthimber. Whenever i spk abt kallidai, your mom is feeling very happy…:)

    • srini Says:

      hi sriram

      I am srini{kuthukkal theru), how is sridhar, How is Jayashree, pls.keep in touch where r u now. Pls.convey my namaskarams to your parents

      We are in dubai

      People you will never get back those olden days, i won;t agree to that, any time you are in kallidai for Charriot function or deepavli or sastha preethi, you will meet friends and share our feelings

    • Hari Says:

      Hi Sriram,

      I am Raja ( NKV Sir Son ) – Your next neighbour . How have you been and how are sridhar and jayashree doing ? my best regards to your mom and dad…

      BTW, i still enjoy recollecting the memories when we used to play near our house. Pls share your coordinates. hariindian@gmail.com

  15. Vaidy Says:

    Hi
    We as a group of 15, are planning to tour in and around Ambasamudram. I heard that there’s a good place to stay in Kallidaikurichi rather than Ambai. Can any one give me the details so that we can arrange for our stay?
    Regards
    Vaidy

    • R Rajamani Says:

      Hello

      You can choose either Hotel Bhaskar at Kallidai (where many TV and Cine artistes stayed for their shoots – Movies Saami, Seval, etc., and TV Serial Annamalai to quote a few) or at the Sadavudayar Guest House in Srivarahapuram Street. If you want more comforts, you can also stay in Tirunelveli about 30 kms from Kallidai, where there are good hotels like Aryas, Barani, Sakunthala Intl.

  16. Lakshmi Lakshmanan Says:

    i hav no words 2 say how i am feeling….my kallidai…my home town happy 2 c ur blog.thankx
    Cheers

  17. R Sambamurthy Says:

    I am pass out of Tilak Vidyalaya in the year 1968 and secured 76% in aggregate and 95% in maths. I belong to Viswanatha Puram Street and had my initial schooling in Ekambarapuram Elementary School. Whenever I go to Kallidai, I visit the school with my children to show them the class rooms where I studied, the canal and the roof top from where I dived. It is a lovely place. But a point of sorrow is that the water of Tamiraparani is becoming unfit for bathing, as the pollution is rearing its head.

    • Hello Dear Sir,
      I’m S. Vijaykrishnan, maternal grandson of K.A Nilakanta Sastri (Tamil Pandit), by his eldest daughter Gayathri. I hope you remember them all, they were all your neighbours on Ekambarapuram St. My uncles Ananthakrishnan (Ravi) and Kumar currently stay at Chennai, while uncles Shankar and Sambasivam (your close friend Chandru) are in Thane, Mumbai with us. My Chitti (mother’s sister) Bhuvana is also in Thane, and is the one who introduced us to this wonderful blog and has also made some posts recently. Enagalukellam indha blog oru ‘por kaalatthirku’ nalla arimugamaaga udhaviyadhu. Adharku Thiru Yagyaraman matrum ingu post seidhulla thaangalum matra anaivarukkum mikka manamarndha nandri. Naangal kallidaikku kadaisiaaga 2005il payanittom. Oorum agraharamum verichodi iruppadai kandaal ammavirku iruppu kollavillai. Amma, Chitti vaayilaaga kaetta kadhaigali marubadiyum ninaivukku varugirathu. Aanal enna irundhalum appadi oru vaazhkai engalukku naeril anubhavikka kidaikaathathu varuttatirkuriya vishayam thaan. Adanaal thaan indha blog moolamaaga innum pala thagavalgalum kadhaigalum kaekka aaval aaga irukkirathu. Eppodavadhu naam ellorum sandhikatthan vendum, kallidayil sandhitthalum mikka santhosham thaan. Thodarvil irukkumaaru vendikondu vidaiperukiren.

      Anbudan
      S. Vijaykrishnan

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        Sorry for the late reply. I have great regards for your grand father. I have written about him in a bulletin board “Batchmates.com” I have also send the writings to Bhuvana. My blessings.

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        Your Uncles are well known to me. Your Uncle Ananathakrishnan was my classmate.

  18. kannan (DSP) Says:

    hai every body

    feel very proud hailing from kallidaikurichi. Such a execellent place where i with my friends in school days enjoyed a lot at athangarai, pothai cricket ground and other places.

    My friends are, Moorthy (Seetharam appalam), AKS, Somu (auto), A sankar, white kumar, soon, athi, balaji(vijaya bank), hari, B.Sriram, left sekar, nool(sundar), S.Sriram, and so many, i cant sto counting..

    i finished my schooling and college in kallidai and ambai.

    Got married in May 1998. My wife’s name is Akila (proud hailing from kallidai too) and blessed with two kids.

    Still my father (Dakshinamoorthy sir, retired AHM from tilak vidyalaya school) still stays there. My father in law, Dr. K.Sankaran, retd medical officer too stays in kallidai.

    So, i will be visiting kallidai atleast once in a year or so..

    last, but not the least, i am the grand son of, Brahmashri Guruswami Sastrigal, great scholar, who has studied and worked in Sanskrit college at Kallidai. He was the Asthana vidwan of Sri Sringeri Saratha Mutt for so many years.. He passed away on 12.02.08 leaving all of us… He is a LEGEND….

    • B Sriram Says:

      Dear Kannan (DSP),

      Nice to see your post.. I came across this site some time ago and glad to see you’ve listed all of our old friends. Sorry to hear about grandfather. Please do contact me if you can – sorry I couldn’t contact you personally through your post, thats why I am typing it in public. We are planning to visit India and Kallidai possibly around July 2009. And needless to say, I am eagerly looking forward to it

      B Sriram

    • R Rajamani Says:

      Hi Kannan,

      Glad to see you here. You never told me about this blog. For other users, let me say that I am your co-brother now in Trivandrum. I simply love Kallidai and that\’s why visit the place atleast once a month. Of course, our parents-in-law live there. The Sastha preethi bhojanam is a memorable one. I have visited almost all the temples and streets in Kallidai. I love shopping at the Anakkal area. Wish wishes.

    • R venkateswaran Says:

      Hi Kannan,

      Happy to know of your family back ground.
      Iam venkateswaran residing in guwahati, assam. (Rajamani nickname)
      Your father shri Dakshinamurthy Sir taught us Geography when i was studying class X and XII during 1973, 74 . I remember your grand pa giving pravachanam on Srimad Ramayana in Shri Lakshmiswamy Koil. It was announced that his daughter-in-law was on family way at that time.

      Your father is an interesting teacher politely explaining things. He used to refer some textile mill, if i remember correctly.

      Once the present sannidhanam of Sringeri visited KIC, your grandpa was reading out a ‘swagata partrika’. The Acharya was closing eyes and minutely hearing him. He compassionately interrupted once and corrected a word. Sastrigal with all humility accepted the same. It was a nice scene to see.

      My father used to refer ‘Aayiram kaal Mandapam’ of the Tamirabarani teertha. He accompanied his father in younger days, when the earlier Sringeri Acharya ( i think Shri Nrisimha Bharati Swamigal)gave lecture on a single shloka on the entire day.

      The speciality of our KIC is having 18 agraharas. 18 has many more inner meanings. I think agraharam means, the ‘forefront garland’. This should be the ornament of the entire KIC. we Brahmins have great duty for the welfare of the entire mankind.

      Hearing the ‘Advida philosophy’ from great preachers, im drawn towards that and
      learnt few ‘suktams’, etc. from Aangarai Shri Krishnamurthy Ghanapatigal in Guwhati. With the Almighty’s grace, i am happily married and we have a son.

      To the possible extend we should follow our dharma and guide the next generation. i had very good room mates having vedantic knowledge here during my bachelorship. ‘Vedo vedavi rakshithaha’ is a rrue sentence.

      My wife teaches Adi Shankarcharya’s shlokas to children and conducts gita competition among children through Chinmaya Mission. She is an I.T.O. I am employed in a cement distribution co.

      I am practising Sahaja Yoga & surrendered to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi .

      My parents are Koma mami & VR mama of mudaliappa puram st. who r staying with my brother in calcutta. my mother (75 yrs) is the daughter of Kolathu Sir, vadakku mada theru.

      OK brother, Lokha samastha sukhino Bhavantu .

      • balaji Says:

        Mr. Rajamani, I am Kannan’s friend and presently working in vijaya bank, regional office, guwahati as Manager and cousing of Mr. Moorthy and Shankar (Seetharaman Appalam Depot, Sannidhi Street) and now residing in Rehabari, Guwahati. My mobile number is 9864755044
        please keep in touch

      • Sheerja Iyer Says:

        Hello Sir. i would like to know about the family of viswanathan,lakshmi who lived in north mada street of kallidaikurichi in 1950s-1970s.Their children are raman,narayanan,maduram,radhai and krishnamurthy.pl let me know if you have any info about this family as i am preparing a family tree and i would like to find out the missing link.

        Regards
        Sheerja Iyer and Jacopo Nordera
        Chennai

      • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

        Dear Sheerja
        Wonderful.I am glad you are making this family tree.When you are giving this much information about my family tree, means you must be also one branch in this family tree or sub-branches. who are you please let me know.
        I introduce myself. Lakshmi is my periya athai. Lakshmi was having only one brother and one sister. Her brother’s name is Mani (original name Venkatachalam). I am the son of mani. Raman Madhuram, Nana,Krishnamurthy, Radha (the sons and daughters of Vishwanathan (Athember) Lakshmi peria athai) family. I can tell you more in person, because the bad experiences we had from our both athai family cannot be penned on emails
        please tell me who are u. I want to know. because the activities of family is circled only among the family members. There is no chance for an outsider to know about us.
        Lakshmi thai was having one sister (i.e. my chinna athai), who lived in kannimoolai street and one brother i.e. my father in sannadhi street. Mani’s family was consisting of my mother maragatham, myself, mysister seethalakshmi alias seetha, my brother murugan.
        My chinna athai’s family consisting of narayanan (my chinna athimber), sons and dauthers mookandi, thandapani (unfortunately God has called him at his early young years) and another 3 sisters. They lived in their own way quite happily.

        I have no time now. will tell and give much more information about our family (which lived happily and peacefully around 35/40 years back in Kallidai

        My name is lakshminarayanan. Later was called familiarly as “VL” by Kallidai friends and called “periavan” and “Mani Pillai” among the family members. my email is narayanan108@yahoo.co.in.
        I am sorry I couldnot fiddle through this web site. It my luck that I can get one of my family link like you today the 8th March 2013. Let us reconstruct the diminished/damaged family tree and carry on to the next generation.
        wish you good luck.
        let me know who are you. then only I will share more about this family

    • s viswanathan Says:

      ia mr. sankaran your father in law of is son of dr. krishnasama. mr rajamani in rbi is your co brother

    • Sriram B Says:

      Mr DSP,

      Hope everything is good with you and your family. I see you are in Chennai. Are you still in touch with other gang?.. Please update your email address. Mine is bssriram@gmail.com

      Sriram B

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Dear kannan, My memories are going back to 30 years or so. I am called VL from Sannadhi Street. Got education to your father Dahshinamurthy Sir (how is he now) he knows me very well. Your grandfa Brah Guruswami Sastrigal is very famous in those days. He is very very acharam person. Your father and one mr Natarajan sir (we call kona maani) are thick friends. your next house (on right is Dr. Krishnamoorthy) and the 3rd house on left is AR Sir house.I have seen as a small child. I think you born very late to your parents. still…. my e mail is narayan108@yahoo.co.in

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        Do you remember me ? I was staying in Sannathi Street (No. 3) opposite to Laksmipathi school. I also studied secretarial practice (1977 batch). I remember you very much. I think you are settled in Delhi. Can’t forget those days when we were in Kallidai. Very simple and peaceful life. No tension. I left Kallidaikurichi in 1977 and since then I am in Mumbai. I met Chinnambi (who is also in Mumbai) a couple of months ago. If you want I can give his contact no. I spoke to Gemini also a couple of months back. I am in touch with K R Narayanan (Mela Mada stree).

        I went to Kallidai in the month of May ’13 for a week’s time. I missed many of our old friends of our time, except Ramesh. Hope, you must have recognized me by now. My contact no. is 9322430582.

        Warm Regards,

        Ramani

      • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

        you r absolutely correct

  19. MP14480 Says:

    ketpatharke romba aburvamagavum and santhoshamagavum iruku. in this century, i wonder this kind of brahmin culture is still alive. after reading this, i want to spend my occational leave there only. if anything near chennai, i want to purchase like this.

  20. prakash Says:

    in this current busy world, we have to remake agraharams. now a days its very hard to find an agraharam. i came to know propmart also making a big township agraharam. i wish them to have a success in this try.

    • BALAJI Says:

      Mr, Prakash, How did you know propmart is planning for agraharam village project, with a model agraharam? yes, we are. iam heading the company, headquartered at Bangalore. you can give your inputs, which can be beneficial for the finetuning of project. i can provide further info. on the project, once the location is finalised. this will be our passion project.

  21. Natarajan S Says:

    i hail from ekambarapuram street, kallidaikurichi
    i enjoyed the evening walk along tamiraparani river bridge-pleasant breeze

  22. Natarajan S Says:

    i hail from ekambarapuram street, kallidaikurichi
    now working at tuticorin port trust
    kallidai village – lovely place

  23. Ramesh Says:

    It really felt good to read about the place I grew up. I try to visit Kallidai at least once a year…but it always ends up to be once in 2 years :(.

    I read this post…and skimmed through your blog entirely…Nothing offensive….just think about this….If you can make time for trips to different places in India as a tourist….you can definitely make time for a short trip to Kallidai. That will help your kids to know what a village is and appreciate it better…Just pass the goodies through generations….Again..am saying this not to hurt you…just a thought…

    -Ramesh

  24. V Srikanth Says:

    Hi Kallidai Friends,

    I never forget kallidai in my life. Wonderful life. I want to spend my retired life there only. After i left kallidai in 1990 I was working in Bombay till 1993 then I was with AT&T in Dubai till 1995. After that I went to Singapore till today. I took citizenship there. Whenever i came to india i like to visit kallidai atleast 2 days in Baskar Lodge. Now i am doing my own biz in Hyd, Vijayawada. Every week i am visiting my family in chennai. Every 3 months i am visiting Singapore friends. I like to hear more about kallidai and our great unforgetable memories…….

    • S Packianathan Says:

      Hi Srikanth,
      Are you son of Mr.Varatharajan who was working in Railway as station master and residing in Ekambarapuram Street, Kallidaikurichi. If so. can recoganise me? I am
      Packianathan elder brother of Mr. Venkatachalapathay who is your classmate and my father was also working in Railway. We were resided in the house opposite to Tamil pandit Neelaganda Sasthirigal Sir house and neighbour house of Mr.Ramesam and Subbamani.
      S.Packianathan (E mail ID – spnathan05@yahoo.in)

      • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

        dear Bhuvana
        I remember you are very child at the age of 4/5 years. I am VL. from Sannadhi Street. Your brother Neelakandan(I rember the 2nd brother) studied with me in Tilak Vidyalaya. I use to come to your house at Ekambarapuram st. Your fatiher i also tamil teacher to me. But i rember it was the year of your father’s retirement year. now you can link which of your brother studied with me. please give more information to construct a good relationship to carry over to the next generation.

    • bhuvana K Says:

      hi

      hope u remember me. i am bhuvana youngest daughter of Late Tamil Pandit K.A. Niakanta Sasthiri. if i am not mistaken ur relative bala (brook bond) studied with me. my dad took hindi tuition to your father. u people stayed at my chittappa’s house for some periods. am i right? i am settled in mumbai. my hubby is a marine engineer in BP (oil majors, UK). v r blessed with one daughter who is in the final year of BE.

      if u remember me contact through email. my id is: bhuvaana@yahoo.com

      • BHAVANI VIJAYKUMAR Says:

        Hi Bhuvana,

        I am Bhavani,daughter of Lakshmana vadyar,Thangammal puram. I always remember you people. how r u.? I am settled in Kolkata and is working in Genl Ins.Co as Asst Manager.I have one son. very nice to see you in this site. shall keep in touch through mail. Thanks.

        Bhavani.

      • Ramani Says:

        Hi,
        I am Ramani settled in Mumbai. I studied in Tilak Vidyalaya High School. I was staying in Perumal Sannathi Street. Mr. Nlila Kanta Sastrigal was my Tamil teacher. I love to see people from Kallidaikurichi. Where you are settled in Mumbai. I am staying in Dombivli.

        Regards,
        Ramani

  25. kala` Says:

    i hail from thonthivilagam st. my father is renganatha vathiyar.my brothers and sister are still there. I am50 years old. every year kallidai poven. vaikalil swim pannama varamaten.kallidai oru kanakanum kalangal. ninaithale inikkum.enga tehru vinayakar chathurthi thirunal ippavum vehu sirappaha nadakkirathu.wov the great kallidai.antha vaikal enna antha aathangarai enna chinna sankarnkoil enna perumal keruda sevai enna ther veethi ilvarum azhahu enna vadam pidikkum santhosham enna evalavo sollalam.ippozhuthu marainthuvitta adichevvai kolattappallakufunctionellam ninavukku varukirathu.

    • Chinambi Says:

      im viji’s athukarar(husband) from bombay!!!how r u, athiember, subha and hari!!! hope u recognised me!!!

      • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

        Hai Chinnambi
        How r you. I am ….. you will be shocked……………………………VL.
        In New Delhi…….I am searching and looking to track you out . But after almost 30 years today (8th Marth 2013 was able to track you through this site. thanks..

        I am in touch with samy, Gemini. the missing link in our set is !. Chinnambi and second Chettai Mani. Tell me more. my email is narayanan108@yahoo.co.in

  26. Ram Says:

    Kallidai is a wonderful place, iam proud to get a house there even though we are natives of kallidai. Functions are great, when its comes to river its super its a heaven on earth

  27. hi i am very glad to c ur post ,i hail 4m veerapapuram st/ sri varagapurm street upto my college days i was in our heaven place only now i am in chennai miss u kallidai.

  28. plz update all the spl.functions

  29. Vedantam S Ayyangar Says:

    Dear all Kallidai folks,
    Though I am from VKPuram (lived in Madura Coats Colony all my school/college days), Kallidai has a special place in my heart for three reasons.
    1) The rivulets and the green paddy fields that stretches yonder
    2) Perumal Kovil
    3) (last but not the least) my good friend and class mate Chuppa (Subramaniam from Ganapathi Lingam Applam). Have lost touch with him and last I heard he is in the US as a Doctor. Chuppa, ping if you see this mate!

    I studied at St Mary’s @ VKPuram and Paramakalyani college @ Alwarkurichic and passed out in 1986. I will be visiting Tirunelveli next week (week starting 24th Aug).

    It is so wonderful to see all your posts and I get nostalgic too. Had been to Kallidai on many occasions to hear kata-kalakshepams and play cricket matches!

    One request to all you Kallidai folks! If there is a house that is available for sale, I would like to buy it out, God Willing. Can someone get in touch with me please? I am at Chennai now. My contact details are

    Vedantam S Ayyangar
    vayyangar@yahoo.com / vedantam.ayyangar@gmail.com
    phone: 9940660442

    Thanks and looking forward to your responses folks..

    Warm regards
    Veda

    • Friend Says:

      Here is chuppa’s blogsite: glad-krishna-iyer.blogspot.com

      • Dear Chuppa,
        I am Vallioor Raman, your maternal cousin (Papa Chitti’s son who lived at 166 B Lansdowne Road, Calcutta – 29 from 1961-1975). I met your brother Ramachandran UCO Bank recently.
        My mobile no. 09341620703
        Raman

    • VISWANATHAN S Says:

      chuppa’s brother mr. kannan is still in thonthivilakam st,kallidaikurichi only. get in touch with him. i am a friend his another brother ganesan. i am viswanathan from veerappapuram st

    • G. Seetharaman Says:

      Hello my friend,

      I heard there is a house for sale in Mudaliappapuram Street. If you know somebody in that Street just enquire. The cost of the house will be below Rs. 10 lakhs.I will also try to enquire more details for you when I visit KIC by the end of this month. I also hail from KiC (Subramaniapuram Street).
      Best regards,
      G. Seetharaman

  30. Swaminathan Says:

    Dear Friends,
    I am Swaminathan, still residing at North pattanainar puram st. Its so nostalgic to browse thru’ all your experiences and one can not quite deny the fact that the childhood days are always cherishable.

    After leaving KIC, and visiting so many places, we know the importance of our home town.

    As you all experienced different facets of life and in my own way, I feel KIC is superior to many other places of Tamilnadu in respect of cultural heritage.

    I am missing you all and fortunate to search the net just like that to discover a treasure like this today.

    Shall keep interacting in future.

    I am with Clariant as Manager Marketing at Erode

  31. R venkateswaran Says:

    Dear all friends,

    We may live for few decades and go back to the Almighty who created us.
    But , the speciality of our Kallidaikurichi (Once Shri Abhinava vidya teertha Swamigal of sringeri named it as ‘Kalyana kurichi’ – as many marriages were taking place during His visit) is that it has many majestic temples which stand for centuries.

    Maanendi appar temple is so beautiful with huge boundry walls. The murtis there r so beautiful. Specially the navagrahas are carved out with all perfection. Sapta maatas, and other Gods r also appealing. The God’s name is Kanva-lingam. The Devi is very much stylish. Vadivambal Devi. She only gives us strength during our difficult times.

    Shri Subramanya swami temple is another majestic temple. Though the kodimaram is for Lord Ganesh (such a big temple for Shri Ganesh), he has given the importance to his brother, Shri Kartikeya.

    The speciality in that temple is the beauiful murti of “Shri Dakshinamurti on the prahaaram, seated on the gopuram.

    Shri Lakshmi Swami is a kan kanda deivam. He smiles so majestically. On those days he was adorned with lots and lots of ornaments of old fashion ( not these days glitterings !). Specially aarattu in Poopallakku used to bring tears in our eyes.

    Vaalavanda Devi is another Shakti. My mother used to melt upon seeing her beauty during Navaratri. The utsava murti used to sit in an oonjal taking different avataras on different days.

    Kandappa koil is having the speciality of having all the three brothers, Shri Ganesh, Shri Muruga and Shri Aiyappa.

    My father used to tell about ‘pagali koothar temple’ in agastiyar koil theru. i never viisted it , unfortunately. similarly kottai theru temple . there is a saying that near the nataraja murti of Maanendiappar temple there is a secret underground route to kottai theru temple. Can anybody through light on this ?’

    I seldom visit Kallidaikurichi but fondly remember its orthodox tradition.

    We respectfully remember Shri NVS Sir, who was the Head master of Tilak Vidyalaya. In spite of his tight schedule, he used to teach us Shri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram in Bhajanai Mutt in Mudaliappa puram St.

    Can we expect teachers, scholors, orthodox grandmothers , like them now ???

  32. SUNDAR Says:

    My name is SUNDAR. My father’s name is VENKATARAMAN. I visited kallidaikurichi with my father on 7th august 2009. that was my father’s birth place. he was so happy when he saw the streets and canals in kallidaikurichi.
    we visietd sadavudayar temple which just 10-15km away from kallidaikurichi-on the way to manimutharu dam.
    that was unforgettable moment for me.
    On september 12th 2009, my father passed away and attained the feet of sadavudayar.
    People who read this may pray that my father’s sould should rest in peace.
    U may share your thoughts with me about kallidaikurichi.
    My mobile numebr is…….9994731736/9944451936.

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Dear Venkatesan
      You have correctly brought back my child-days in front of me. Who are you?
      I am VL from Sannadhi street. present residing in New Delhi (in naraga vazkai, since we left beautiful Kallidai life 30 years back)

  33. SUNDAR Says:

    THAT WAS THE FINE MEMORY…

  34. balaji Says:

    balaji :Hai BS, This is Balaji (Hari’s Brother) presently working in Vijaya Bank, Regional Office, Guwahati. Till last year I was in Bangalore where I met Undai who is working in Canara Bank. Do you remember Big Undai (Unakkum Anna Irukkan, Avanakkum Anna Irukkan)My mobile no is 09864755044 and mail id is gbalajig2009@gmail.comkeep in touch

  35. balaji Says:

    balaji :Mr. Rajamani, I am Kannan’s friend and presently working in vijaya bank, regional office, guwahati as Manager and cousin of Mr. Moorthy and Shankar (Seetharaman Appalam Depot, Sannidhi Street) and now residing in Rehabari, Guwahati. My mobile number is 9864755044please keep in touch

    • VISWANATHAN S Says:

      moorthy is my best friend and we were school mates in lakshmipahty school.perhaps u may know me. i am viswanathan. my friends circles natarajan ioc,chennai, ganesan glad,kumar (gundan)chidambaram,kumaar(neelakanda sir’s son)and many more. there is one rajamani a few houses west to moorthy’s shop. great memories of kallidai

  36. rajee Says:

    hi

    kallidai friends,
    i like ur village. because my friend selva is in there. i like so much him. ok bye

  37. HY Subramanian Says:

    Hi, B Sriram,

    Kindly reply to my post as mentioned above. I want to talk to you over phone if U R in India or otherwise I will chat with U. Nice to hear from you soon.

  38. HY Subramanian Says:

    HY Subramanian :Hi B Sriram,
    I don’t know whether you are remembering me or not. I was your neibhour in my school days. Next house to Kattai Ramalingam at Melapattanainarpuram street. I am kumar(kutti kumar/Yegni) otherwise you cannot recognise me. My no. is 9540559581. At present I am in Delhi. While going through the post, after seeing your name, all of a sudden I remembered our school days. How is your brother Mr. Sreedhar and sister Mrs. Jayashree. Convey my regards to them and also namaskaram to your parents . Kindly give me your no. I don’t know whether U R in India or not. my email id is hysmanian@gmail.com. R U in touch with Gangai Mami Kumar

  39. Embar R Kasturi Says:

    Hello all,

    Kallidaikurichi ! What a beautiful agraharam !

    I am Embar R. Kasturi. I hail from the Embar family famous for Harikatha tradition. I am a carnatic Vocalist and Sangeetha Upanyasam (Musical Discourses) Exposnent. I also teach online carnatic vocal classes to many students abroad.

    I was invited for performing a musical discourse on Shri Thyagaraja Swami at Kallidaikurichi Sankara Matam and the performance took place on 4-12-2009. I was astounded the way people responded to the discourse. Very learned and excellent audience. They have planned to invite me for the ensuing Sri Thyagara Utasavam to be celebrated during Jan 2010.

    Some excerpts from my POdhigai Recordings are available in youtube.

  40. subbu Says:

    Hello all,

    It is certainly a very nostalgic and humbling experience to hear such wonderful words about our great Kallidaikurichi. What a wonderful place. Every day at Kallidai was a truly wonderful blessing and I was fortunate to be there for the frist 22 years fo my life. Am from Thothi Vilagam street, son of the great GLAD Krishna Iyer.

    Some of the mostly truly outstanding and memorable experience were the baths at our evergreen and perennial Tamarabharani (not to forget the Kannadiyan Kalvai which runs behind our street’s Vinayagar temple) and the copious amount of cricket we used to play at Pothia.

    We were also hugely fortunate not to have satellite television on those good old days which forced us to be more often in the street enjoying Cricket which I still follow rigorously.

    Hope a few of guys might remember me.

    Chuppa,
    S/O GLAD Krishna Iyer
    Thonthi Vilagam St

    • Vasu Says:

      Hi,

      I am Vasu from Ekambarapuram Street. My mother is distant relative to your family. Junior to u in St.Mary’s and SPK College. I used to have Gobi in my forehead. My cousin Sekar is married to your cousin, Maragatham (Pappa), your aunt’s daughter. Your brother, Balu was classmate to my sister, Latha Lakshmi.

      We are settled in Chennai

    • Sankaralingam Says:

      Hi Chuppa, I am Sankaralingam from Sannidhi street … it has been a long time! Can you please let me know your email/tel#? I want to get in touch with you. I am in NJ.
      -Sankar

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      dear Chuppa
      I am VL from Sannadhi street. Your brother Kannan is my class mate and best friend. We use to play togher. Can you tell more about Kannan. The unforgotten event in our days is the UPANYASAM of all your 4 brothers…lovey

  41. Ram Says:

    Dear All

    My name is chandru and i hail from kandappapuram st and grandson of late ramasundaram iyer. iam pleased to inform u all that we have made some discoveries about the history of kallidai and its rich heritage. Since we have a rich culture, we are soon bringing a number of publications based on the place like history,culture and personalities and we are starting a Heritage Company to preserve and develop Kallidai to keep the legacy on. if any body is interested to join. pl kindly the details which u think valuable and can be shared for publications like old records,photographs..etc to my id racmaa@yahoo.com. my no is 9500033706. I live in Chennai and go 2 KIC for major functions.

  42. R Rajamani Says:

    Hi, Kallidai folks, A sad news. Dr K Sankaran S/o Dr (Late) S.Krishna Sarma, of Srivarahapuram, my F-in-Law, a great soul, departed for the Heavenly Abode on Sunday, the Jan 10, 2010. He was ailing for some time (exactly 25 days with interstitial intestinal obstruction – surgically removed on Jan 2, 2010). He was admitted in Sri Sudharson Hospitals, Vannarpettai, Tirunelveli on Dec 14, 2009 and was under observation. Although, he showed good signs of improvement, the end came suddenly. Cremation and other rites took place at Kallidai.
    Dr Krishna Sarma, father of Dr K Sankaran was the pioneer in compiling a family tree way back in 1920 (the tree is known as Rajavallipuram Family tree – migrated to Kallidai in 1760 AD). The chart was later updated by Shri K.S.Kulathu Iyer in 1992. Thereafter, there has not been any updation. Those who happen to be in the address list and in possession of the booklet (family tree/chart) may like to furnish the latest information. Vasudeiva Kudumbakam. Let us unite again.

    • viswanathan s Says:

      good. your sister studied with me in lakshmipathi school. i saw her in mudaliappa purm st. your brother was my batch mate.

    • viswanathan s Says:

      rajamani i studied with u in mdt hc for b.com. i attended ur marriage in chennai. even when u were in ernakulam i met u. days hv passed try to rewind memories to chandravilas compound. ur father in law’s father was my gradfather’s mate how are ur parents. u should be rajamani@lakshminaryanan

      • Ramani Says:

        Hi Viswanathan,

        Are you brother of K.S. Subramaniam ? If i am not mistaken you were staying in Veerapapuram street. I am Ramani currently put up in Mumbai. I was staying in Sannathi Street during 70s. Pl. be in touch.

        Regards,

        Ramani

      • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

        Dear Ramani
        R u the 1st brother SV in Seetharaman appalam?

  43. Harish Says:

    Hello,

    This is Harish from Kallidaikurithi. My parents are still residing in Thonthivilagam street & I use to visit on couple of occasions to kic. One for Vinayakar Chathurthi Festival & other one during Sabarimala Pilgrimage with Murthy Group (Seetharman Applam). I have uploaded lot of photos of our Chathurthi Festival & will upload the link asap. I can be reached at harishraman77@gmail.com

  44. N.Murali Says:

    Hello, my mother side is Kallidai. Shes the daughter of Lakshmivaraha Iyer of Mela pattanainarpuram st (Amma;s chitti.step mother was Somu Mami who was very well known person). I studied my PUC in Parama Kalyani College Alwarkurichi by staying there. My father side is Brahmadesam which is 5 kms from Kallidai. No words can explain the beuty & serenity of kallidai area. bathing in Tamiraparani is an enjoyable experience. Though I am very busy CEO of an organisation I visit my native place atleast once in 6 months. I can be reached in muralin1958@gmail.com

  45. N.Murali Says:

    Small correction………my mother’s house in North Pattanainarpuram St and not Mla Pattanainarpuram St

  46. Ravichandran Says:

    Hi All! Kallidai Oor peyar ketkayile then vandhu payudhu kadhinile!
    This humble fella lived in Vaithiyappapuram St.from 72 till 77.Did 10th & SSLC from Tilak Vidyalaya & PUC to BSc from SPK College, Alwarkurichi. Was neighbour to Pannayar brothers Sundaram Iyer & Krishna Iyer. Next to next house was of my friend Kailasam, Alamelu Mami’s son. During my schooling, attended tuition classes of Gopal sir in the company of Raja (s/o Canara Bank Mgr.), Venkateswaran (tall guy)& Shankar – he moved to Ambai later on. Had wonderful teachers like Neelakanta Iyer (tamil), SVK (maths), SVS (the Head Master?) Did Zoology major with a view to become a doctor and ended up as a Lawyer & practiced in Gujarat HC & Supreme Court. Moved to New Zealand & became a Barrister. Presently in Toronto, Canada. Long time since I visited Kallidai….but keep thinking about the beatiful people and things of this wonderful town. Had a dash a few years back when visiting Chadayudayar Koil (with Rajarajeshwari)-our family deities. Hey Kallidai, I miss you, I miss the Kanadian Canal, Thamiraparani, surrounding Podhigaimalai,the greenfields, Manimutharu, nearby town Ambai, Vairavi Star theatre and the fine teachers and all wonderful people. I am what I am today as I grew up with you & shaped by you .Should you be willing to accommodate us, one day I will return to spend time with you. If any folks know me ( i am still trying to know myself), please email me at iyerlaw@gmail.com With Best wishes, Ravi Iyer

    • Chinambi Says:

      Myself chinambi from chandra apppalam depot,southmada street., studied upto 11th In tilakar vidyalaya and puc in paramakalyani college!!Passed in year 1975, now in mumbai with family, visit kallidai once in 2 years….
      We have our house at kallidai still, 13, southmada street…
      Regards ..Keep in touch would like to know more about u??!!!!!

      Chinambi

    • kallidai Says:

      Sir u are most welcome to my veedu at kallidai its in Vaithiappapuram st Mudhal Veedu

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      Dear Ravichandran,
      Your brother Sundaram and Gauree Sankar are my best friends. We are known to each other for the last 30-35 years. If I remember correct, my brother R Sitaraman was working with your Father in Tenkasi when your father was Tenkasi Railway Station Superintendent. I think my brother was your father’s deputy or Assistant.
      With thanks
      R Sambamurthy

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      small correction it is NVS(N Venkatasubramanian) sir HM and AVK (AV Krishnamurthy telugu)maths sir.. Am I correct???

    • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

      hai chinnambi I am your vL how is periambi??

  47. s viswanathan Says:

    mr.r rajamani,
    i studied with you for b.com in mdthc. we were inmates in chandravilas compound for sometime. hope u can remember me

    • R Rajamani Says:

      Hi Viswanathan, How can I forget both Viswanathans? The other was was from Vayakattu Theru, TVL. Correct? Where are you now? I have now been in TVM since May 2007, after 10 years of stay in Mumbai. My beloved father passed away here in October 2008 after a brief illness. Expecting your reply.

  48. R SAMBAMURTHY Says:

    At least once or twice in a month I definetely visit this blog to see the comments of Kallidaiyans and refersh my memories. I visited Kallidai in 2004. I long to visit at least next year. I should go round all the 18 Agraharams. I am planning to camp at Kallidai at least for 4-5 days. As I studied Shorthand and Typewriting in Lakshmi Technical Instiute run by Shri Meenakshi Sundaram, I would like to know from any of the Kallidai Friends whether this Instiute is still runing. I shall be grateful for the feed back.

    • RVenkateswaran Says:

      Hi Sambhuda ! i think u may recollect. i am relaed to Saraswathi Store Madhu Iyer & am staying in Guwahati with my family and parents. yr brother Murthi is friend of my athimber Mr.Kalyanasundaram. yr.relative Mr.vasantakumar & parents were in Guwahati. we stayed in Mudaliappapuram st. No.112. i hd seen u acting in dramas in 1978-79. my regards to yr all family members

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        Thank you for remembering. Nowadays there is no drama. i am due to reitre on 31 Jul 2011. Whenever I get time i visit this interesting blog, whose Sponsor, who has taken great paints in uniting people, also happens to be the son of my classmate R Mahadevan (Mudiliappa Puram Street), who is now General Manager Indian Bank Kolkata. Murthy is now settled in Mumbai. My another brother Vijayan is in kolkata.Once again thank you for rememembering us all. My blessings R Sambamurthy

  49. balan Says:

    Hi
    I am balasubramanian. i am working in chennai. i am from thuthukudi district. i have been to kallidaikurichi 1981-82 when ADHIRUDRAM WAS CONDUCTED BY SRINGERI MUTT. that time my age was 12. still i am remembering that big house MATTUTHOLUVAM using as a dining hall and ANNAKODI was hoisted. great days. i was chanting rudram and i got Rs.2/- dhakshinai. great day.

  50. akbar Says:

    hai
    i am akbar, iam working in qatar, still iam living in kallidai, iam studied tilak 1997, any knows me?

  51. abdullah.okm Says:

    Hai all I am abdullah from kallidai kurichi Periya Pallivasal Street,
    Today only I just visit this site.This is wonderful to chat with you all.
    Great KALLIDAI KURICHI.

  52. workingprojectss Says:

    hai i am abdullah working in chennai my native still kallidai kurichi.

  53. Subramanian Says:

    Hi,
    I am Subramanian. Father, Sankarapandian worked for TNEB. We were in Ramachandrapuram and then in Chetty Pillaimar Street. I studied in Panchayat Union school Std 1 to Std 3, 1972-1975. Lovely place…lovely memories. I can remember some of my buddies viz., Sankaralingam, Solomon and his brother Johnson (from Railway feeder road), Shanmugasundaram, Aari bala (girl), Pulavenderan, Abdul Hameed…………..anyway, nice thread to recollect about Kallidaikurichi

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Dear Subramanian
      I know very well your father Mr. sankarapandian TNEB. I am from Sannadhi street. I am very young boy of around 10/12 years old. your father knows one Mathuram. Mathuram is my big aunty’s (mrs Lakshmi) daughter who was also working in TNEB along with your father at Srivarahapuram street. your father use to visit our aunty’s house at No.18 North mada street. …you can ask your father and let me know.I am Lakshmi aunty’s brother Mani’s son who lived in Sannadhi street at that time

      • Subramanian Says:

        Hello Lakshminarayanan, thanks for the post. So thrilled to hear this. If there is no identity mistake, I am thrilled to hear from someone who knows my Dad. I don’t know how we can get clarified further? We left Kallidaikurichi in 1975 when I was 8 years old. I vaguely remember we lived at door# 45 or 48 Chetty Pillaimar Street. Pls contact me at mani_sps@yahoo.com

      • Subramanian Says:

        Pls contact me at mani_sps@yahoo.com

  54. Ayya Mani aka Dr Mani Iyer (Bangalore/Bombay) Says:

    Hi one time residents of Heaven! This is humble Ayya Mani My Father hails from Kallidai(vadakku Patta nainar street – I am not sure if this is continuation of Vaithiappa puram or Ramchandrapuram st where KS Raman & Pappa Raan[my aththangar] have their ancestral house) his father was late Viswanatha Aiyer, both of whom migrated to Bombay in 1950’s. Though I was born in Sampurvadakarai( native place of my amma Maduram, daughter of Ayya Sastrigal), I used to visit Kallidai every year till I joined medical School in Bombay. I used to stay mostly in my Attai’s place on 17, mudaliappa puram street( Narayani, w/o KCSahsranamam Iyer lovingly called Saaththu mama). My brother KV lived and grew up in kallidai. We used to have a whale of a time everytime I visited Kallidai, what with walking to AAththangarai for bath every morning, or visiting the fields on the way to the river , having bath in the private thottam of the Vaikkaal[kannadian kaalvai], listening to old tamil songs on the asariri! the loud speakers, into late evening, attending the temple for pradakshinam after the bath in the river, going in the evening for sndhya vandanam, prasadams every evenings etc, I cannot forget it, Then af course the gala weddings that used to take plae in attai’s place, the GNB concerts, the MLV concerts etc that used to be part of the marriage celebrations etc, Ican’t believe that I was part if it! Well we hav e now moved on, I am living on the Isle of Man, in the middl of Irish sea. I still have some temptations to move back to kallidai, but if this will be in this birth or next, i do not know. ifelt sad when the riverside mandapams with the samaadhis of the various siddhas in the town got converted de facto to public conveniences. I still remember fotographs of Sringeri Acharyals(senior and the currrent) staying in my attai’s place during their vijaya Yatras. Apologies if i have taken too much of your reading time

    Thanks to all of you for rekindling the lovely memories. God bless you all.

  55. Shankar Says:

    July 07 2010
    Hi every one of Kallidaikurichi,
    I am Shankar from Veerapuram street, Kallidaikurichi. I was bone and brought up
    ar Kallidai and was there till my college days – now settled at Chennai. Still I am
    having our Hourse 111, Veerapuram st.and used to come for visiting our Family Daity
    at Samburvadakarai. At this moment I am at USA with my second daughter place at
    Utha and we will be here till early Dec.I know many of our Kallidai vasies are at
    US and I want to have contact with them. So do mail to my e.mail.kallidaishankar@yahoo.com
    With love and regards
    Shankar,

  56. Shankar Says:

    The site is very interesting. I want to join the same

  57. Shankar Says:

    Shankar :
    The site is very interesting. I want to join the same

  58. ram Says:

    dear ravichandra sir

    iam chandru and from kandappapapuram st, next 2 chidabaram iyer’s home now bought the lamp post veedu adjoining the Subramanya koil and my neighbours are the pannayar brothers.

  59. R Sambamurthy Says:

    R venkateswaran :
    Dear all friends,
    We may live for few decades and go back to the Almighty who created us.
    But , the speciality of our Kallidaikurichi (Once Shri Abhinava vidya teertha Swamigal of sringeri named it as ‘Kalyana kurichi’ – as many marriages were taking place during His visit) is that it has many majestic temples which stand for centuries.
    Maanendi appar temple is so beautiful with huge boundry walls. The murtis there r so beautiful. Specially the navagrahas are carved out with all perfection. Sapta maatas, and other Gods r also appealing. The God’s name is Kanva-lingam. The Devi is very much stylish. Vadivambal Devi. She only gives us strength during our difficult times.
    Shri Subramanya swami temple is another majestic temple. Though the kodimaram is for Lord Ganesh (such a big temple for Shri Ganesh), he has given the importance to his brother, Shri Kartikeya.
    The speciality in that temple is the beauiful murti of “Shri Dakshinamurti on the prahaaram, seated on the gopuram.
    Shri Lakshmi Swami is a kan kanda deivam. He smiles so majestically. On those days he was adorned with lots and lots of ornaments of old fashion ( not these days glitterings !). Specially aarattu in Poopallakku used to bring tears in our eyes.
    Vaalavanda Devi is another Shakti. My mother used to melt upon seeing her beauty during Navaratri. The utsava murti used to sit in an oonjal taking different avataras on different days.
    Kandappa koil is having the speciality of having all the three brothers, Shri Ganesh, Shri Muruga and Shri Aiyappa.
    My father used to tell about ‘pagali koothar temple’ in agastiyar koil theru. i never viisted it , unfortunately. similarly kottai theru temple . there is a saying that near the nataraja murti of Maanendiappar temple there is a secret underground route to kottai theru temple. Can anybody through light on this ?’
    I seldom visit Kallidaikurichi but fondly remember its orthodox tradition.
    We respectfully remember Shri NVS Sir, who was the Head master of Tilak Vidyalaya. In spite of his tight schedule, he used to teach us Shri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram in Bhajanai Mutt in Mudaliappa puram St.
    Can we expect teachers, scholors, orthodox grandmothers , like them now ???

    I do not know you personally, so also you are to me. From the figure in my E mail ID you can guess my year (1951) of birth Our thinking unites when you took me back to my school days. Reverent, Venerable, Respectable, Amiable NVS Sir was my class teacher in class XI in 1967-68. I pay my sincere thanks about reminding me about the specification and qualities a teacher should have. If another NVS Sir is born it will be boon to the Society. Thinking you must be younger to me, my blessings are showered on you for reminding about a great personality.

    • P jayapal Says:

      Hi Mr Sambamurthy, I am Jayapal, passed out of tilak vidyalaya in 1971. three years after you had left the scool. May be my cousins were your batch mates. The great NVS was my class teacher and taught English too. his daughter Muthulakshmi ( I heard She is settled in kallidaikurichi) was my class mate. one of my nephew Dr. Gnanasekaran has his clinic in Veerappapuram St. THe great stalwards AVK,Nilakandan sir used to teach me. My last visit to Kallidai was in 1980. After that I colud not visit for various reasons.Now I am in Chennai. Basically I am a Indian Naval Officer at present posted with Army, heading an organisation in Chennai. My mobile -9445391208. mail id —jayapal_pj82@yahoo.com. thanx. Cmde P Jayapal

      • RVenkateswaran Says:

        DearbrotherJayapal,
        Aftera long time,whileopening KIC Bloc i read yr msg. u all relatives were residing in Mudaliappapuram St. in the house of my uncle. I am the brother of yr. classmate Lalitha(Gomathi). i used to wonder the sanskrit names of you all, Gnanashekaran, Jayapal, Gunasheelan, Gopu, How is Selvam,who sings nicely ? Yr.another relative Matheswari’s parents are very very very very affectionate towards us in those days (my nick name is Rajamani). Kannamma, Kalyani, Pushpa are yr sisters, i suppose. How is Sundaran anna ? u all were studious students in those days.
        presnetly im staying in Guwahati. My parents r with us here. I am proud of yours and Gnanashekaran’s dignified posts. i still remember the majestic Khound couple. Ha ! Ha ! With best wishes

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        First of all your name appears quite familiar to me. I have close interactions with Naval Officers. The PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited, where i am employed is engaged in building Warships for Indian Navy. Some of the WJ FACs are doing duty in Chennai. I was personal secretary to Cmde G N Sreekumar, who is now settled in Chennai. I will be retiring on 31 July 2011. The more you write about Kallidai and the teachers who taught us it will only shine and sharpen our knowlege. it will not be tiresome experience. R Sambamurthy

    • RVenkateswaran Says:

      Namaskaram.

      After a pretty long time, i opened the KIC bloc. Thanks for your valuable blessings and nice words. im Mudaliappapuram st. VRmama & Koma mami’s son. They r presently staying with me in Guwahati.Shall write sometime later. Let us thank the God for uniting us.

  60. vinitha Says:

    hi, this is vinitha. i am 2006 +2 passout from tilak. if any of my old friends or classmates see this msg please do contact me in my mail id vinihoney@ymail.com

  61. narayanan Says:

    hai iam narayan from trichy last week 8th of july i came kallidai kurichhi due to sadavudayar koil prayer this is my kula deivam ennoda family la nannan than first intha koil vanthavan naan ekapatta kashthila intha koilukku vanthen eppo ennoda problem ellam konjamkonjama koranjunde varthu ellam sadavudayr arul

  62. N.Sarmaji Says:

    NICE TO KNOW SOME ONE FROM KALLIDAI. I AM FROM KALIDAI, EKAMBARAPURMA ST. PLEASE MAIL YOUR EMAIL ID

    • S V SUBRAMANIAN Says:

      Hai I am SVS also called as suuppamani. I did my bsc phy 1981-84 and msc phy 1984-86 at SPK, Alwarkurichi. We lived at Ekambarapuram house No77 and then 91. I am son of Janaki mami. My brothers ramesam and sivakumar and sister lakshmi

      • S.Packianathan Says:

        Hai SVS, I am Packianathan. We lived at Ekambarapuram house No.76. I am s/o Sri.P.Subramanian who was working in Southern Rly. How is Mama and Janaki Mami? How is your family members, Mr.Ramesam, Kumar and ur.sister Lakshmi.
        Now I am residing in Tirunelveli.(My cell no. is 9842968351)

    • bhavanivijaykumar Says:

      Hi Mani,
      I am bhavani,Lalitha mami’s daugther(ur mother’s best friend) my sister revathi,anusha, do u remember us
      -regards,bhavani

  63. Hi! i am krishnamoorthy from mumbai. I chanced to surf this page today and felt like putting my thoughts.Though it is not my birthplace i have visited kallidaikurichi several times in the past, the last being in February 2005 when i visited the sadavudayar temple during a ‘thai vellikkizhamai’. Sadavudayar happens to be my mother’s kuladeivam but she being a female cannot visit the temple. Hence whenever i visited Kallidai I used to stay in my uncle’s place in Ekambarapuram street (Sri S.Raghavan, still living there.)who used to accompany me to the temple. On behalf of my mother I used to perform pooja and abhishekams to sadavudayar with the help of Kumar vadhyar of thonthivilagam st. During my visit in 2005 I participated in the pooja proceedings and happened to take with me the set of 4 CDs related to the proceedings of the Kumbhabhishekam performed in June 2004 and showed the proceedings to my mother. My mother, however, passed away in October 2007. Also my younger brother’s in laws who are no more hail from Kallidaikurichi ( Sri Desini and his wife Smt Lakshmi,one of the daughters of the founder of Chandra Vilas at Tirunelveli Junction. I have always enjoyed my visits to Kallidai. I hope I will be able to visit once again.

  64. ashok Says:

    Sir,

    I am in Sholavandan Agraharam street. I am very much interested to buy house at Agraharam in Kallidaikuruchi. I have heard very popular agraharam street structure.
    If there is any house in the same please contact: 9842988112.
    S.AShok.

  65. R Sambamurthy Says:

    G. Seetharaman :Hai Sambamurthy, I still remember those days we studied together at Tilak Vidyalaya High School, though you were one or two years junior to me. I think you have two brothers (Vijayan and Murthy) and two sisters. Where are Vijyan and Murthy staying? Convey my regards to them. I am residing in Chennai at Vadapalani. I was working abroad for about 18 years and am now leading a retired life. I have two children; one son and daughter. Both are well settled in the U.S. Even myself and my wife are planning a trip to Kallidai by the end of this month (July 2010) to attend the Sastha Preethi to be conducted on 31st July at Mudaliappapuram Street. I was always looking for friends whenever I visited KIC. Our house is still there and Kumar has been staying there. This is my telphone number in Chennai 04423651046. When you get time please call me.Best regards,G. Seetharaman (Ambi)

    Thank you for your reply. Vijayan is married and staying in Kolkata. Unfortunately no issues. Murthy is in Mumbai. Married to my uncle’s daughter Bucham (Ramamurthy (Ramudu)’s sister). He has one son and one daughter. Son has joined Engineering College. Daughter is studying in Class VIII. My elder sister Rengamani remained unmarried. My younger Sister Revathi and settled in Nanganallur (Near Anjaneyar temple) I have two sons. Elder son is doing third year engineering in Nagpur and second son is studying in Class XI. My visit to Kallidai is overdue. Planning to visit by December 2010 (Winter vacation). Once again my profound thanks for your reply. With best regards. R Sambamurthy

  66. R Sambamurthy Says:

    My younger sister Revathi is married and settled in Nanganallur. She has one son and one daughter. Son has joined M.Tech in Anna University. Daughter is doing second year Engineering.

  67. Raghu Says:

    Hi, I am raghu

    I was in Kallidai for a while. I was buying and selling appalams from Anjaneya appalam, Sannathi theru. Nice place to be.

  68. Raghu Says:

    I studied in St. Mary’s, Vk.puram

    Many came from Kallidai. Kasi visvesaran, Sambasivan, Prabhakar, Kuttappa. I passed out of SPK College in 1984. I have lost touch will all my friends and classmates. So serene was life there.

    • Venkat Says:

      Hi This is Venkataramanan alias ramani. I alos studies in St.Marys ,VK puram ,residing at Kallidai kandappapuram I apssed out in 1977 from st marys. Is Kuttappa ,the Ganesh Jwellery guy. It will be good if i am able to reach my class mates Kumar,Ramalingam, Sreenivasan and krishnakuamr thru this

  69. S M Krishnan Says:

    hi,
    I am Mahalakshmi’s ( Ekambaapuram street, Dadi Mahadev Iyers grand daughter) husband.

    The narrations are your childhood memories. Kallidai is now crowded like any other big village near a big town.All the boys have gone out for jobs in IT companies!.

    I was there in august 2010.

  70. r krishnamurthi (vengacham) Says:

    iam krishnamurthi alias vengacham from ekambarapuram st. kallidai son of kattukuthagai ramalingam iyer i passed out of tilak vidyalya in 1964 and am settled in kolkata i wish and pray that iam able to go back and settlemy last years in kallidai we still retain our ancestral house i will be visiting kallidai again during nextsastha preethi

    • Seetharaman Says:

      Hei Krishnamurthy,

      Do you remember me. This is Seetharaman from Subramaniapuram Street. Now I am settled in Chennai. I passed out of Tilak Vidyalaya in 1966. I think my sister, Rajam was in your batch. Our ancestral home is also retained by me i.e. 14 Subramaniapuram St. My wife attended Sastha Preethi this year. Next year I will definitely make it without fail. Hope I will be able to see you there.

      Best regards,

      G. Seetharaman

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      Dear Shri Krishnamurthi alias Vengacham
      I am a 1968 pass out of Tilak Vidyalaya and a neighbour of Shri G Seetharaman, Subramania Puram Street. I remember in my childhood days that your father used to organise the functions in Perumal Koil. As I know, you were a bright student. If I am right, One of your sisters is married to my class mate Srinivasan (Thonthi Vilagam Street). I attended his marriage reception in Kolkata. I am staying in Sampa Mirza Nagar Housing Estate, PO Sarkarpool Kolkata700 143 (My friends used to call it Samba Murthy Nagar) Employed in Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited,10 months left for reaching Senior Citizen Status and the vital milestone of superannuation. If you were reading telegraph, you must have come across my name in the Letters to the Editor Column.

    • sethu krishnan Says:

      krishnamurthi,
      I am your classmate C.Sethuramakrishnan. Please contact me krishnan6670@yaoo.com.

  71. G. Krishnan Says:

    Hi all,

    I am Krishnan (grand son of late Sri. Ayyathurai Vadhyar), North Mada Street, left Kallidai in 1989, had been in Chennai till 1995 and presently in Dombivli (Mumbai) from 1996. Very nice to see the comments above. I know many persons who offered their comments, would like to keep in touch with you all.

    gk

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Ayyathurai Vadyar. No.1 North mada street (exactly 2nd opposite house to) thennur gramam bhajanai madam. I can remember much incidents related to our bhajanai madam. That was our real entertainment days (mixed with lot of fun and fare) during gokulashtamai festival days in those days (about 30/35 years back storey). Ayyathurai is our family vadtyar. Their infight came then Ramamurthy (who also lived in North made street) became our family and gramam vadyar

  72. Geetha Says:

    Hi,
    I am also from t’veli and my thatha belongs to kallidaikurichi (Late K.S.H.S Manian). He was a resident of Adambakkam, New Colony for many years. My cousin regularly visits Sastha Preethi. Though I do not know any of you, I thought I can share some views.

    Geetha

    • r krishnamurthi (vengacham) Says:

      iam really sorry that my memories of kallidai are extremely foggy the only people i remember from subramaniapurm st are HS Raman and viswam sir. i was in kallidaikurichi for sasthapreethi in july and desire to go there next year also. we are all fortunate that krishnamurthi sir is keeping the flag of ekambarapuram st brightly. he is the bridge for old and the new. dear sri n sarmaji are you by ny chance the son of our next door neighbour sri natarajan (son of freedom fighter sri yagnesswara sarma)n sorry this is an inference drawn from your name sarmaji and the initials n

    • lakshminarayanan Says:

      is it Dr Mani?

    • lakshminarayanan Says:

      Dear Geetha, R u the daughter of Dr Mani Tondivilagam street

  73. lakshminarayanan Says:

    clakshminarayanan :HI iam laxmanan from kandappapuram st. I am working as a deputy manger in STATE BANK OF BIKANER AND JAIPUR at ashok nagar chennai.Do u remember me. MY phone no is 09962017967

    Hai laxman. If I am right you are related to Chidambarakrishnan and your house is next to Type Sir.I am I right. I am VL (nicely called in Kallidai by all) hailing from Sannadhi Street ( my father Mani Iyer and grandfather samayal Appasami Iyer who is very famous and still remembered by his RASAM)

    • Ramani Says:

      Hi VL,

      I am Ramani here. I know you. You were staying in Sannathi Street. I was also staying in Kallidaikurichi. I left in the year 1977. Where are you now ? I went to Kallidaikurichi in the month of December. Very lovely place. My contact no. is 9322430582. How is your brother.
      You are the friend of Swaminathan.

      Pl. be in touch.

  74. lakshminarayanan Says:

    G. Krishnan :Hi all,
    I am Krishnan (grand son of late Sri. Ayyathurai Vadhyar), North Mada Street, left Kallidai in 1989, had been in Chennai till 1995 and presently in Dombivli (Mumbai) from 1996. Very nice to see the comments above. I know many persons who offered their comments, would like to keep in touch with you all.
    gk

    Hai krishnan. I know verywell Ayyathurai Vadyar. Because he is our Family guru.very good person. I am lakshminarayanan (popularly called VL) in the village. I spent all my young part of my lift right from birth till I finish 11th standard in Tilak Vidyalaya

    Raghu :Hi, I am raghu
    I was in Kallidai for a while. I was buying and selling appalams from Anjaneya appalam, Sannathi theru. Nice place to be.

  75. lakshminarayanan Says:

    r krishnamurthi (vengacham) :iam krishnamurthi alias vengacham from ekambarapuram st. kallidai son of kattukuthagai ramalingam iyer i passed out of tilak vidyalya in 1964 and am settled in kolkata i wish and pray that iam able to go back and settlemy last years in kallidai we still retain our ancestral house i will be visiting kallidai again during nextsastha preethi

    Hai venkacham. I hope you can remember Cycle kadai Jayaraman from Mudalipuram and Ayyapaswami (village munisif) in our days of mudaliappapuram and I can remember some memories if u give little more tough. One Vengacham studied with me in Tilak Vidyala from No.1 Mudaliappapuram and MUFAT SANKARAN (son of MUFAT NArayanan) are very famous in my early days life in Kallidai in 1970s.

    • lakshminarayanan Says:

      lakshminarayanan :

      r krishnamurthi (vengacham) :iam krishnamurthi alias vengacham from ekambarapuram st. kallidai son of kattukuthagai ramalingam iyer i passed out of tilak vidyalya in 1964 and am settled in kolkata i wish and pray that iam able to go back and settlemy last years in kallidai we still retain our ancestral house i will be visiting kallidai again during nextsastha preethi

      Hai venkacham. I hope you can remember Cycle kadai Jayaraman from Mudalipuram and Ayyapaswami (village munisif) in our days of mudaliappapuram and I can remember some memories if u give little more touch. One Vengacham studied with me in Tilak Vidyala from No.1 Mudaliappapuram and BUFAT SANKARAN (son of BUFAT NArayanan) are very famous in my early days life in Kallidai in 1970s.

  76. lakshminarayanan Says:

    ARE U Yagamani?
    Give me more details about you. I am VL from Kallidaikurichi

  77. S. Ramakrishnan Says:

    It was refreshing to go through the long comments from various people about Kallidai and the way of life, beauty, temples, etc. My grandfather had a house long back at Ramachandrapuram but it had been disposed of. I have been visiting Kallidai for performing puja at Sadavudayar temple (at irregular intervals). As one of our gentlemen expressed, I am also desirous of settling down in the village maybe after about a couple of years. If a few like minded people could come together to build a suitable apartment, I would request that my name could also be included. I could be contacted at the email-id ‘sramakrishnan1957@gmail.com’. Let the exchange of pleasantries grow as also the acquaintances. Regards to all.

  78. V.GANESH Says:

    HAI KALLIDAIYANS,
    I STUDIES AT TILAK VIDHYALAYA DURING 1987. KALLIDAI WAS A NICE PLACE WHEN
    I WAS STUDYING THERE. I WAS AT VEERAPPAPURAM STREET. I WANT TO SEE WHITE AMBI,
    LEFT SEKHAR, KILI. I HAPPENED TO COME AT KALLIDAI. BUT I FOUND THE PAST
    ENJOYMENT MISSING. MOST OF MY FRIENDS WENT TO VARIOUS PLACES. PLEASE TRY TO
    BRING BACK OUR PAST GLORY.

  79. R Ramani Says:

    Hi KIC folks,

    My name is Ramani (my parents VR Mama and my mother Koma mami) stayed at 112, Mudaliappapuram Street (near Pillayaar Kovil/Vaikal). It was wonderful see so many comments about KIC. WOW what a wonderful place it was. I carefully gone thru every line and i felt I am in KIC and remembered all my child hood days. I really miss this heavenly place and miss all my old friends. I visit once in 2/3 years to KIC and visit our Kuladaivam koil Nettur Dharma Saastha. I studied at Tilak Vidyalaya. My best friends at Mudaliappapuram Raju, Hari, Ramesh, Ambi, Ooty Shankar, Kumar, Babu, Dilip and many more. We all played Cricket, Kabbadi, Pambaram, Kittipal etc.. Played lots of cricket match with Egambaram team at Pothhai Ground. Had lots of fun at Vaikal and Thamirabharani. What a wonderful feeling when i think about all that. Truly it was a heaven. I stayed at KIC till 1982 and proceeded to Kolkata. I am employed with Hindustan Unilever at Kolkata. Would be happy to find friends from Mudaliappapuram.

    • Mythili Ramesh Says:

      Hi Ramani,
      The Yagyaraman who wrote about KIC is ur relative. He is mookandi mama’s (Rammiah and Chellamma mami in the same street, ur amma’s mama and they are known as anna manni to all )son. Mookandi mama’s official name is R.Mahadevan and he is the GM in Indian Bank and he is now in Kolkatta. Hope this will help u to bring up the family tree.
      I am Mythili, mookandi mama’s marumal. My amma’s name is Rukmani but she is known as mama yecham. My sister Lakshmi (echumi kutti) used to live and study in KIC. Me with my other sisters Gowri and Banu used to visit KIC for vacation. Even though u people never included us in ur teams I like KIC. My husband studied there for a couple of years and we met in KIC only.
      Mookandi mama got 3 kids, 1 daughter who is an Auditor and lives in B’lore and got married to somebody related to Harihara Vadhyar. Ganesh @ Yagyaraman is an IT guy whose blog made me write this. the last one is also an Auditor but works in the IT/ Management field and is in Mumbai. He used to visit ur sister Lalitha (my patti used to call her Nalitha). My mom too visited ur sister there. Now I am in US. Lakshmi is in Chennai and got a girl who is doing her final BE. Gowri is in Kovai and got a son and the last one Banu is in Tirunelveli and got a son. Mama is still in touch with KIC. My sister used to study with Chara (Chidambara mam’s daughter), Chandra (Bajji Sambu mama), Sankari (NVS Sir Daughter).
      Of course I haven’t seen u a lot or visited u all a lot, this time when my mom visited US was telling something about her family and all the members. If I am right u havve a brother by name Sankar and another sister (name not known).

      Seethai Aathai’s whole family is there and of couse Kasippa, Maadhuppa all there. I know all these names from amma.
      Good Luck to you. Venerationsto ur parents. Luv to urfamily.

      MythiliRamesh

      • R Ramani Says:

        Hi Mythili

        I am sorry i didn’t visit this page for a long time, hence missed out to see your detailed note. I remember all of you and your mama came to my house recently for inviting for his Son’s marriage.

        We are 6 of us, first 3 sisters and then 3 brothers. I am the youngest. You are right one of my brother’s name is Shankar. Interested to keep in touch with you all. Share your mail id. If you are in facebook, pl do share the details. There are 4 Mythili ramesh, without any photos, hence not able to identify, if at all you are there. I am available in facebook in the name of RH Puthran. I am based on Kolkata and employed with Unilever.

    • Janaki Says:

      Hi Ramani
      Are you seethai athai’ son or Rajam attai’s son.
      today only I was discussing with my amma about her family people.
      My mother’s name is Sita who is in Delhi
      Janaki

      • Hi Janaki, im Ramani’s eldest brother Rajamani. I think u r the granddaughter of late Rajamani tatha & Sankari patti couple. We are the grand children of yr mother’s eldest athai (Komu). Koma is her eldest daughter who is our mother.

        I remember you are one of the twins and u hv two more brothers. Yr. father is from Tiruchendur who is famous for ‘Tirupugaz’.

        Presently im in Guwahati. Our respects to elders at home.

    • K.Narayanan [ called NANA by others] Says:

      Dear Ramani
      I am Narayanan, called Nana by KIC folks. Vr and Koma ere closeto our family. We livedin
      98, Mudaliappapuram ie., a neighbour to Koma;s mother. Kasi younger brother of Madhu of
      Saraswathi stores,Calcutta was myclassmate. As a practice inKIC we havea door connecting
      the neighbours in ‘Pattasalai’ .At present I am with my son who is working as Vice President
      in Bharat Aluminium Company in KORBA ,Chattisgarh.And 3/4 years back we met themat
      Calcutta. We met Bhagavathy,Kittamani ,Ganga and others.When you are free contact in my
      email ID gjpran@yahoo.com. I passed out from TV in the year 1949 and so probably you can hear of me from your elders only Good Luck to you and your family
      Narayanan

    • k.s.venkateswaran Says:

      HAI RAMANI,
      I HEAR VISIL SONG HATI MERA SATI.RECALL KANNAN FROM VEERAPPAPURAM STREET.PLEASE CONTACT ksvvij@gmail.com

  80. Anusha Says:

    My mom’s native place is the same as yagna.I enjoyed everything the way you did.when i’m going through your post i felt the same but at the end athu ellam indru illeye verumaithan minjukirathu

  81. R SAMBAMURTHY Says:

    lakshminarayanan :

    lakshminarayanan :

    r krishnamurthi (vengacham) :iam krishnamurthi alias vengacham from ekambarapuram st. kallidai son of kattukuthagai ramalingam iyer i passed out of tilak vidyalya in 1964 and am settled in kolkata i wish and pray that iam able to go back and settlemy last years in kallidai we still retain our ancestral house i will be visiting kallidai again during nextsastha preethi

    Hai venkacham. I hope you can remember Cycle kadai Jayaraman from Mudalipuram and Ayyapaswami (village munisif) in our days of mudaliappapuram and I can remember some memories if u give little more touch. One Vengacham studied with me in Tilak Vidyala from No.1 Mudaliappapuram and BUFAT SANKARAN (son of BUFAT NArayanan) are very famous in my early days life in Kallidai in 1970s.

    I take the liberty of adding some inputs. It is Buffet Sankaran (drawn from Buffet Lunch). I owe my gratitude to Cycle Kadai Jayaraman as he donated me a Vadaseri Dhoti (In those days Vadaseri Dhoti was famous) in my struggling days to make both ends meet. If I am correct this philonthropist is married to Sattu Iyer’s daughter. From this pages, I rekindle my nostalgic feelings of bygone days of life and struggle in Kallidaikurichi. – R Sambamurthy -

    • VL Says:

      I worked in the Cycke Kadai of Jayaraman who is my boss who gaveme Rs60/ (sixty per month salary for working as sales man cum account at Subramaniam stores 13 sannadhi street about 35 years back

  82. R SAMBAMURTHY Says:

    Some addition to C Lakshmi Narayanan – If I correctly recollect, you are also a 1968 pass out of Tilak Vidyalaya. You must be knowing N Gopala Krishnan and S Gopala Krishnan of Kuthukal Street. N Gopala Krishanam is no more. R Sambamurthy

  83. prabha Says:

    Hello All,
    Nice and glad to see all the blogs which speaks what a great pleasure and experience our native place has given us. I just cannot forget those days I lived there though it was only few years. I did study in Tilak Vidhyalaya where Mr. Dakshina Moorthy, Mr. Ramalingam, Mr. Shunmuga Pondy who were the primary teachers at that time and cannot forget the great assistance and support they gave us. Without their support and appreciation, there is no way I could have become better and better. Thanks and many thanks to whereever they are.

    Anyone who thinks they can recognise me, reply to me. Let me test my memory too.

    Love you all wonderful bloggers who love their native place like their eyes.

    Prabha.

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Dear prabha
      nice to my ears to hear about VD, Ramalingam sir (there were many ramalingams in Tilak Vidyala in those days). I studied under VD, S Ramalingam, NVS, Nana Sir, Neelakandan sir for tamil, S laxman, Gangai, Kamakshi, SR, Natarajan sir for Science,Mr AVK for maths, Mr. V somasundram (the great sir)for book keeping and of course none other than the great CS (c subramanian), the type sir.If you are from those sibblings/era please let me have more information about you. I will bring the history back to you in front of you.

  84. R Sambamurthy Says:

    Mythili Ramesh :Hi Ramani,The Yagyaraman who wrote about KIC is ur relative. He is mookandi mama’s (Rammiah and Chellamma mami in the same street, ur amma’s mama and they are known as anna manni to all )son. Mookandi mama’s official name is R.Mahadevan and he is the GM in Indian Bank and he is now in Kolkatta. Hope this will help u to bring up the family tree.I am Mythili, mookandi mama’s marumal. My amma’s name is Rukmani but she is known as mama yecham. My sister Lakshmi (echumi kutti) used to live and study in KIC. Me with my other sisters Gowri and Banu used to visit KIC for vacation. Even though u people never included us in ur teams I like KIC. My husband studied there for a couple of years and we met in KIC only.Mookandi mama got 3 kids, 1 daughter who is an Auditor and lives in B’lore and got married to somebody related to Harihara Vadhyar. Ganesh @ Yagyaraman is an IT guy whose blog made me write this. the last one is also an Auditor but works in the IT/ Management field and is in Mumbai. He used to visit ur sister Lalitha (my patti used to call her Nalitha). My mom too visited ur sister there. Now I am in US. Lakshmi is in Chennai and got a girl who is doing her final BE. Gowri is in Kovai and got a son and the last one Banu is in Tirunelveli and got a son. Mama is still in touch with KIC. My sister used to study with Chara (Chidambara mam’s daughter), Chandra (Bajji Sambu mama), Sankari (NVS Sir Daughter).Of course I haven’t seen u a lot or visited u all a lot, this time when my mom visited US was telling something about her family and all the members. If I am right u havve a brother by name Sankar and another sister (name not known).
    Seethai Aathai’s whole family is there and of couse Kasippa, Maadhuppa all there. I know all these names from amma.Good Luck to you. Venerationsto ur parents. Luv to urfamily.
    MythiliRamesh

    “I am Sambamurthy, a 1968 pass out of Tilak Vidyalaya. Shri R Mahadevan (Mookandi) is my class mate. I am in Kolkata and due to retire in July 2011. My mobile no. 09433620019 Landline 03324013079. I will try to locate Shri R Mahadevan in Kolkata. If possible, you may please pass on his mobile no. or Landline number to me. Mahadevan’s Father and Mother showered affection on me. I definitely owe my gratitude to me.
    With blessings
    R Sambamurthy

    • C.Meenakshisundaram Says:

      Hello Sambamurthy: I am Sundaram, younger brother of Mr C.K. Gaureeshankar. I am also the elder brother of C. Ravichandran Iyer who has shared his fond memories about Kallidai on February 20th last year. Hello Ravi!!

      The exchanges and reminiscences of Kallidaikurichi by one and all in this column indicate the indelible memories that each one is carrying in their minds. It shows that neither time nor despair had extinguished such memories although everyone of us have since long left Kallidai to far off places in India and abroad.

      I read with a great interest everyones’ expressions.

      It is long time since we last met. After leaving Kolkata in 2001 I continue still with Hindustan Petroleum heading its Legal Department,North Zone, Delhi. In between had a stint also at Chennai in 2007 for a year and returned to Delhi.

      My mobile number at Delhi is 9868217851.

      I also subscribe to the views expressed by Mr S. Ramakrishnan in his comments dt.25th Sept.2010 that old residents of Kallidai like us who are now desirous of a home-coming to Kallidai should scout for either agraharam houses or building new apartment complexes.

      How is Vijayan? I met Lakshminarayanan, S/o. Late Chadambarakrishna Iyer, at Chennai last year. They were my neighbors when we lived at 32, Vaidyappapuram St. My mother passed away in 2006.

      I go for Darshan of our family deity Swamy Shri Chadayudayar. Last I visited Kallidai was in Dec., 2009. I enjoyed the stay at Chadayudayar Chattiram at Veerappapuram St.,

      I heard that Kumbabhishekam of Kartikeya swamy temple, Kandappapuram was performed last year.

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        Hello, Sundaram. The More you write about Kallidaikurichi and its unique feature of 18 Agraharams rekindles the nostalgic feelings. I have taken my sons to Kallidaikurichi in 2004-2005 and took them around Tilak Vidyalaya. I have shown them the class rooms and the serene atmosphere of the School. Vijayan is doing fine.

  85. Balasubramanian S Says:

    The households in different streets veigh with one another to perform sasthapreethi and other celebrations. A bath in the thambrabarabi is worth all the trouble reaching kallidai. There are number of families these days who can deliver iyer sappadu at home.

    Waiting at the bus stand near panchayat office is a good pass time. Listeneing to children reciting their home work in the evening is a unique experience.The vaikal running at the backyard is a good water body though it is getting dumped with sewege and the water is polluted.

  86. santhanam Says:

    Hai guys i dontno who are you. I am missed kallidaikurichi because i am residing at vadakku pattanainarpuram street at the time of 1974 -1981.thank you for recalling the sweet memory

  87. santhanam Says:

    Hai guys i dontno who are you. I am missed kallidaikurichi because i am residing at vadakku pattanainarpuram street at the time of 1974 -1981.thank you for recalling the sweet memory. bue

  88. a.subramanian Says:

    it feels so gud 2 go 2 this page i am from Agasthiar koil
    east st of KIC presently in HCC, Mumbai. I am pass out of TVHS in
    1976-77, then PUC in MDTHC then BSc in SPKC.I wants to contact my
    school mats. my mobile no is 09321645313 & e-mail ID is
    agasthian2000@gmail.com

  89. A.Subramanian Says:

    hi i am a.subramanian from KIC 11 years SSLC from TVHS 1976
    & PUC from MDTHC, BSc from SPKC & I wants to
    contact my school mate namely Piramanayagam, sunderrajan vadivelu
    and others.this pg gives me a gr8 pleasure. my e-mail id is
    agasthian2000@gmail.com. presently i am in HCC, in MUMBAI.
    a.subramanian

  90. Sabarish Says:

    Hello People!

    Very good to see eveyone sharing their experience of our Kallidai. Well not sure if anyone can figure me out.

    I am called “Sabarish” and peran of Shankar Iyer in Kutthikal Street no 61 house9 The first house) on the road end. I was with my grandfather, grandma, my mom and brother (Raja). Known to be mischeavous ;). Studied there until 5th standar in Bala Vidyalaya, Mahatma Gandhi School in Veerapural and then Tilak Vidyala couple of months. Then headed to Bombay.

    After that I have never been to Kallidai. Well according to me, heaven means its Kallidai for its heritage, culture, people and environment and peaceful and happiness.

    I know many people in Kallidai, Appalam Business Mama opp to my house, Raaman mama (Late), and my childhood friends were, to name some, Murali (Who had a younger sister named Bhuvna, and parents were doing awesome murrukku, thatti, Polis ect), Rajesh, Vishwanath(From near the mutt), Singapore Kicha was like uncle to me, Kutraalam Sekhar (Appala business). I cant forget.

    Some of my teachers I remember are (Bamaa miss and Coma Miss, both were sisters), and some other in our Kutthikal street (If I remember, Lakshmi).

    God should bless me to come to Kallidai and live again. Lovely place, people, temples :)

    Hope to see you all sometime :) If anyone can recognize me, will be pleased to hear :)

    Cheers

    I am working as a Senior Software Engineer in Dell now in Bangalore.

  91. echumi Says:

    இங்க எல்லாருமே ஏன் ஆங்கிலத்தில் பேசியிருக்கீங்க. நாமல்லாம் தமிழங்கதானே. நானும் கல்லிடைக்காரிதான். லஷ்மீபதி கோவில் பக்கம் உள்ள தெற்குமாடத்தெருவில்
    இருந்தேன். சந்த்ரா அப்பளாம் டிப்போ வீட்டுப்பெண்.யாருக்காவது அடையாளம் தெரியுதா?
    தெரிந்தால் பதில் கொடுங்க.

  92. echumi Says:

    நானும் கல்லிடைக்குறிச்சிக்காரிதான். என் ஃப்ரெண்ட் களைத்தேடுகிரேன். லஷ்மிபதி கோவில்தெற்குமாடதெருவில் இருந்த சந்த்ரா அப்பளாம் டிப்போ வீட்டுப்பெண். ஆர் லஷ்மி
    அப்போதைய பேயர். ஸ்னேகிதிகள் சுருக்கமா ஆர் என்றுதான் கூப்பிடுவார்கள்.சமையல்காரார் கைலாசம் வடக்குமாடத்தெருவில் இருந்தார். அவர் மருமாள் ஜெயம், சீதா,ராதா, குத்துக்கல்தெரு திரிபுரம், வீரப்புரம் தெருவில் ருக்கு, சுசீலா, ரேவதி எல்லாரும்1960-களில் ஃப்ரெண்டா இருந்தோம். தொந்திலாத்தெரு மணி டாகடர் பொண்ணு கோமாவும்ஃப்ரெண்ட்தான்.இதில் ரேவெதி ஸ்ரீரங்கத்தில் பெரிய டாட்டிய
    ஸ்கூல் நடத்துவதாக குமுதம்ஸ்னேகிதி மூலமாகத்தெரிந்து கொண்டேன். லெட்டரும் அனுப்பினேன். என்னை நினைவில்லை போல இருக்கு. பதிலே அனுப்பலை. இந்தப்பகுதி பார்க்கும் ஸ்னேகிதிகள் யாராவது என்னை ஞாபகம் வைத்திருந்தால் தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும். இப்போது நான் மிம்பையில் இருக்கேன்.

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Hai Echumi.
      I am sorry to forget such a lovely girl at that time. I am VL from Sannadhi street, the best friend of your brother CHINNAMBI. Periambi is also your brother. Knows very your father, mother. You are too tiny at that time, hence missed out from our minds. Now I can remember very well.

  93. G.LAKSHMINARAYANAN (RAJA) Says:

    echumi :நானும் கல்லிடைக்குறிச்சிக்காரிதான். என் ஃப்ரெண்ட் களைத்தேடுகிரேன். லஷ்மிபதி கோவில்தெற்குமாடதெருவில் இருந்த சந்த்ரா அப்பளாம் டிப்போ வீட்டுப்பெண். ஆர் லஷ்மிஅப்போதைய பேயர். ஸ்னேகிதிகள் சுருக்கமா ஆர் என்றுதான் கூப்பிடுவார்கள்.சமையல்காரார் கைலாசம் வடக்குமாடத்தெருவில் இருந்தார். அவர் மருமாள் ஜெயம், சீதா,ராதா, குத்துக்கல்தெரு திரிபுரம், வீரப்புரம் தெருவில் ருக்கு, சுசீலா, ரேவதி எல்லாரும்1960-களில் ஃப்ரெண்டா இருந்தோம். தொந்திலாத்தெரு மணி டாகடர் பொண்ணு கோமாவும்ஃப்ரெண்ட்தான்.இதில் ரேவெதி ஸ்ரீரங்கத்தில் பெரிய டாட்டியஸ்கூல் நடத்துவதாக குமுதம்ஸ்னேகிதி மூலமாகத்தெரிந்து கொண்டேன். லெட்டரும் அனுப்பினேன். என்னை நினைவில்லை போல இருக்கு. பதிலே அனுப்பலை. இந்தப்பகுதி பார்க்கும் ஸ்னேகிதிகள் யாராவது என்னை ஞாபகம் வைத்திருந்தால் தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும். இப்போது நான் மிம்பையில் இருக்கேன்.

    hI, I AM LAKSHMINARAYANAN (RAJA) WAS IN KALLIDAI eKKAMBARAPURAM STREE NO:47,CHINNAMBI’S SON.
    HAPPY TO READ ABOVE QUOTES.STUDIED UPTO 9TH TILAK VIDYALAYA. nOW IN MUMBAI DOMBIVLI.
    MY EMAIL ID IS rajagln68@gmail.com phone 9819757049

  94. G.LAKSHMINARAYANAN (RAJA) Says:

    hI, I AM LAKSHMINARAYANAN (RAJA) WAS IN KALLIDAI eKKAMBARAPURAM STREE NO:47,CHINNAMBI’S SON.
    HAPPY TO READ ABOVE QUOTES.STUDIED UPTO 9TH TILAK VIDYALAYA. nOW IN MUMBAI DOMBIVLI.
    MY EMAIL ID IS rajagln68@gmail.com phone 9819757049

  95. Rakesh Says:

    Hi All
    I am excited to read the blog and the comments from my fellow kallidians.
    It almost made me feel that I am in the thinnai of kallidai agraharams.
    I am the son of Rengubai & grandson of ramchandra rao, janaki bai.
    I am visiting kallidai atleast once in 2 years..and every time i visit, i am lost
    in the old memories..! Nice 2 see all of you. My email id is raghavendranchats@gmail.com

  96. RG Ranman (Ganeshan) Says:

    My name is Ganeshan (offcial name R Ganapathi Raman). I studid in Tilak Vidyalaya and passed out my SSLC in 1963. I am now settled in Bangalore I have two children one daughter and a son. Both of them are in US. My son is unmarried he is 27 years old. My father was in Guruvayoor for more than 50 yers. I am from ThonthiVilagam Street. Lovely place. ENNA IRUNTHALUM NAMMA OOR NAMMA OORTHAN. Why cant we do something for our gramam.

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      I am R Sambamurthy. If I am correct you were in Davy Ashmore India Limited, a reputed Steel Plant Construction Company in Kolkata in 80s. I am due to retire from Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited on 31 July 2011. Reading the message of old Kallidai-Kolkatans rekindles nostalgic feelings

      • Kumar Says:

        Sir: I hope you have commenced your retired life at KIC right now? pl. share your experience.

  97. Ganapathi Says:

    Hi…. Chinnambi from Chandra Appalam Depot, Kallidai….. This is Gemini… If you can see this….please contact me thro email…..hgsmani@hotmail.com

  98. Ganapathi Says:

    Hi…. Subba of GLAD…. you can contact me thro email…. GEMINI

    • Ramani Says:

      Hi Gemini,

      I am Ramani here. I am currently in Mumbai (Dombivli). I was staying in Sannathi Street No. 3, (Presently Mahadevan is staying).

      If I am not wrong, you were studying secretarial practice in the year 1975 SSLC.

      I also studied SP but 1977 SSLC batch. Where are you now? My mobile no. is 9322430582. What is your mobile No?

      I am found your email id from the internet. I think you are friend of Swaminathan and Chinnambi.

      Pl. be in touch.

      Warm Regards,

      Ramani

      • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

        I am also friend of Chinnambi and Swaminathan. I am VL from sannadhi street…The whole grammam will fear when we five lauds. i.e. Chetai Mani, Chinnambi, Swaminathan, VL…L ramesh, going around the street. The nights are so day light for us in those days and the Kailasam Pillai kadai Vadai at night…………………….so lovely even today to remember

        By the by Mr. Ramani I cannot make out you. please tell more about you

  99. Patha Says:

    Hi, am patha(padmanaban) from veerappapuram st, son of sankararaman(ex-airforce). . I think no one is sittin in thinnai and chattin nowadays, thanks to sun tv wit its useless naadagams(sittin in thinnai is also useless though). . But the thing about kallidai is, u cant do any thing secret:. . Some eyes wil b watchin u always. . And wher ever u go, some fellow wil c u and wil say ur dad “un paiyana anga paathene. . ” the next day. . Its the largest network of people. . Wher ever u go, ur network follows. .

  100. Lakshmi (Echumu) Says:

    hello seetharaman,

    I am echumu(Ekambarapuram St. S.Kitchen’s Sister) here how r you. I came to know through Nana. I met G. Rajam at sasthapreethi. this time also we are planning to go to KIC. Nana also planning to come with us. How is your children? where are you now. I heard that you are setteled in chennai. with regards, Echumu.

  101. Lakshmi (Echumu) Says:

    Dear Kallidians,

    I am Lakshmi Ramamurthi (Echumu)staying in Dombivli (Mumbai, Thane Dist.). I belongs to Ekambarapuram St. Studied in Tilak Vidyala till 11th Std. (SSC 1966 batch). For last 2 years i am going to kallidai for sasthapreethi. This year function falls on 5,6, & 7. This time also i am planning to visit kallidai for sasthapreethi. One reqauest for all of you on behalf of Sasthapreethi committee kindly visit and take blessing from Dharma sastha. One more request for you people PLEASE contribute generously for sasthapreethi. Contact Address: Sri R.Krishnamurthi, 9/10, Ekambarapuram Street, Kallidaikurichi-627416. Tirunelveli Dist. Tamil Nadu.PH: 04634250130(Krishnamurthi Sir,Retired. Teacher from Tilak Vidyalaya). Thanks Pl.Keep in touch my id.is glarc4@yahoo.com

  102. Valli Venkitachalam Says:

    Hi i just came across this blog today n nice to see all kalladians. I am R Valli from thondiviallagu street and had studied in tilak vidyalaya….left kalladai in the early 70s…Got the oppurtunity to visit kalladai 2 yrs back….really a heaven place..i got lost in the olden memories… Nice 2 see all of you. My email id is babyv1956@gmail.com

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      I am R Sambamurthy, a pass out of 1968 batch from Tilak Vidyalaya. I took Secretarial Course. I remember one R Valli was doing the same Secretarial Course. Other Secretial Course mates as I remember are (Ms) Gandhi, G Ramakrishnan, N Gopalakrishna (who is no more), S Gopalakrishnanan.

  103. Ranganathan Says:

    Any one know Thena Keena family or Chinnkkomu family of Kandappapuram street or Meenakshi/radhakrishnaiyer? Ranganathan

  104. Chandru Says:

    We are having Sastha Preethi on Aug 6 & 7, we welcome all KICs to the place for the annual festival

  105. R Sambamurthy Says:

    P jayapal :Hi Mr Sambamurthy, I am Jayapal, passed out of tilak vidyalaya in 1971. three years after you had left the scool. May be my cousins were your batch mates. The great NVS was my class teacher and taught English too. his daughter Muthulakshmi ( I heard She is settled in kallidaikurichi) was my class mate. one of my nephew Dr. Gnanasekaran has his clinic in Veerappapuram St. THe great stalwards AVK,Nilakandan sir used to teach me. My last visit to Kallidai was in 1980. After that I colud not visit for various reasons.Now I am in Chennai. Basically I am a Indian Naval Officer at present posted with Army, heading an organisation in Chennai. My mobile -9445391208. mail id —jayapal_pj82@yahoo.com. thanx. Cmde P Jayapal

    Dear Commodore P Jayapal
    Thanks for bringing back the memories. I faintly remember One Shri Dhanraj Pal was studying with me in 1968 batch. He used to reside near the church on the way to Vairavi Kulam. I am not sure whether he is related to you. The names of the teachers you mentioned are the “Gems” of the Society. Even today, I tried to follow the message and foot-prints they left in the Society, which will remain indelible for ever. I have had close interaction with Naval Officers. In fact I was Personal Secretary to Commodore Sree Kumar, Director (Shipbuilding) Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited. I am left with 28 days servie to superannuate on 31 Jul 2011 on completion of 60 years
    With blessings and once again thank you for the ‘flash back” R Sambamurthy

  106. Vasu Says:

    My name is Srinivasan (Vasu) of Ekambarapuram Street, Grandson of K S K Sir (Maths Teacher of Tilak Vidyalaya). My father worked in Tirunelveli Court and my mother’s name is Eswari, eldest daughter (TKSS Family). I am 42 year old; left KIC is 1990 and studied in Paramakalyani College and my sister Latha lakshmi studied in Ambai Arts. My elder sister is married to Chandru, Mudalliappapuram (Kattukuthagai). All of us are settled in Chennai. I live in Adambakkam along with my family including parents.

    My wife, Meena belongs originally to Thonthi Vilagam street and lived in Ramachandrapuram till her marriage. Her grandmother is called “Aandam”. Now my wife is employed in SBI, Local Head Office, Chennai. My nephew has married grand daugher to Keena Sir last year in Madurai.

    Went to KIC last month for meeting Kottai St. Josier and came to know that they are opening a Saibaba temple in Veerappapuram Street

  107. CHELLAM LAKSHAM Says:

    Namaskarams, I am Lakshmi Varaha Harihara Putran Grandson of Late Laksham Vadhyar and Late Chellam Iyer of Tonthivillagam Street. I am named after the God Sri, Lakshmi Varahan in sannathi Theru. Though nobody left except my Periappa Late Samu Vadhyar’s son still lives in Thonthivilagam Street and also my periappa’s daughter Shanti daughter in law of Late Kiccha of Appala Kadai and wife of Shree Sahasarnaman fondly called as Kannan. My Periappa’s son is also a well known vadhyar called as Laksham. It still remember those days when we were small and went with my late father the Vaikkal, Kizakku Athangarai, Merku Athangarai , pathinettam perukku having means on the banks of athangarai. Oh!!!!!!!! it is very much impossible to forget those days. Moreover the appalams (ulundhu appalam, arishi appalam) nobody can match the taste in the whole world. Then the tirunelveli halwa………Frankly speaking I have never tasted a better stuff than this……. I wish every year I go there and enjoy the serene beauty of the vayals, attangari, Tundi vinayagar Temple, Lakshmi Varaha Swamy Temple etc. Thanks we shall meet again……….. Kallidaikuruchi Chellam Laksham (Ambi), Thonthivilagam Street.

    • Magesh Laksham (Yagya Rama Krishanan) Says:

      Swamie Sharanam Ayyappa, I am son of Laksham (My Grand pa Samu vadhyar) Happy to catch you through this blog!! My father has told me abt those golden days.. Hope you are doing good…. you can be in with me through email. (Maheshghs@gmail.com)

  108. CHELLAM LAKSHAM Says:

    Dear All, this the same Ambi of thonthivillagam agraharam. I forgot to mention that i was a student of Laxmipathy Nadunilai palli popularly called as “Ayyiah Kottai” school. After that my father late Chellam Iyer put us in school at Kolkata where we are based now. I still remember all the persons of our area like bungla mani’s son chuppamani, raman ganesan of Appala kadai etc. Those date would never comeback again when we used to watch film in open theater sitting on the floor, borrowing cycle from Ramasamy MRS Cycle mart etc. having lots of kadalai mittai, murukku and vadams made by mamis of kallidaikuruchi……. We meet again sir. Lakshmi Varaha harihara putran.

    • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

      Is it Star touring talkies or Murugan talkies and the other one at the ground opposite side of railway station lakshmipathy nadunilai palli is called ayya kotai because it was house shed in those days during kulathu chettiar sir period. our play ground was next to …..red light house.Palpannai Narayanan’s milk yielding cows are kept in the shed then afterwards it became AR sir chool. Near by cow shed are very famous and lovely playful fun celebrations during mattu pongal because the cattles are driven our jumping thefire with sugarcane, panakhzabgu garlends on the rheads from these sheds belonging to Pannai Sankara Iyer, Kalyana Krishna Iyer, MR Raman. we will be in those days looking and very busy in catching he cattles for karumbu and Pnankziangu.

  109. srini Says:

    Hai friends

    Nice to see all your comments about kallidaikurichi. I am cheeni(48 kuthukkal street) next to meenakshi teacher’s house. No one will forget kallidai even if he visit for an hour in kallidai. All of us are writing only positive side of kallidai, where are those 18 Agraharam gone? Where are discourses (like villibaratham by Pulavar keeran), Mahabharatham (by Thuppul Narasimhan- at ramachandra puram st) Saraswathi Ramanathan (kambaramayanam), srinivasa kalyanam(thothi vilagam street) – krishna bremi) gone. If we get back these type of discourses again in kallidai, then we can think of those olden days in kallidai.

    I am currently in dubai, make sure that i visit every year to kallidai at least for week’s time. I suggest any one who is having a good back ground in IT or any one else(ref.Brahmin Association) who can voluntarily collect the name and address(incl.email & tel no) and make a group. This may be helpful suppose if any one good position n an organisation can give a opportunity for unemployed youths in KIC(wherever possible)

    I was studied in TVHSS from 5th std(1976-84) Ambai Arts college(1984-87), my class mates are Ramanathan(Headmaster Easwaran’s son).

    We play cricket crazily in pothai, Saradha ground, Keerai pathy, ramachandra puram, kuthukal theru, Vayakaddu(after harvest season) etc, if it rains then card game

    My close friend Kumar(white) is in singapore still in touch with me and of course my class mate & another close friend(Ramms) Ramasamy still in touch with me

    Last but not the least if you name it a function, that’s definitely celebrated in kallidai

    my email ID rammsrini@gmail.com

    • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

      I fully agree with your rememberance, You can add one more flavour I.e. the Krishna Bhagavatar Ambai kalashebam in the Sri Rama Bhajanai madam in North mada street during Gokulastami ending with Anjaneya utsavam

  110. Bharath Venkateswaran Says:

    Hello All,

    This is Bharath from Kallidaikurichi(Vaithiappapuram St).I did my schooling in Tilak Vidyalaya and was working with TCS for the past three years.I am currently in Newyork(USA) for pursuing M.S.Really miss kallidaikurichi and its people:)It was really a great time in this year ‘s Sastha Preethi function as we are the Kizhi Gramam and has to make the Maha Neivedyam(Payasam) for the whole night for two days.Had ;ots of fun.With the blessings of almighty(Adhivaraha Perumal,Subramanya swamy,Kulathoorilayyan) i wish i will come out with flying colours with graduation.

    Regards,
    Bharath

  111. bhuvana Says:

    hi i am bhuvana N from ekambarapuram st. My father K.A. Nilakantan was a tamil pandit in Tilak Vidyalaya high school. I spent my childhood here. i miss kannadian kalvai, tamiravaruni,chitirai ther etc. i am presently settled in mumbai.

    • krishnamurthi Says:

      i remember your father very well. Besides being our tamil teacher in school he was also my father’s best friend. You may remember my father ramalingam mama of ekambarapuram st. Your father was also greatly involved and looked after the affairs of the temples of ekambarapuram street. he also taught us vishnu sahasranamam and venkatesa suprabtham in evening classes held in perumal koil. iam krishnamurthi alias vengcham now settled in kolkata. i still remember your parents who were very affectionate to me.

    • Hi sister Bhuvana,

      I left Kallidai in 1975. But still remember the orthodox simplicity of your parents , specially your father & brothers always wearing ‘gopi chandanam’. I hope all are well at home. I m cousin brother of Jaya&Sitaraman who stayed opposite yr home. What news of Totatri mama’s family.

      • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

        Dear Bhavani .. I quite remember you and the old house at Ekambarapuram I quite often visited. You r just 5 or 6 years at that time… Iam VL from sannadhistreet the close classmate of your brother sankaran at Tilak Vidyala

      • krishilbhu Says:

        hello bro,
        sorry for my late reply. we all re fine. my elder bro is in banglore now. kumar is in chennai. rest all are settled in mumbai. i dont know much abt totatri mama family. lalitha is in sion, mumbai.

  112. krishilbhu Says:

    hi,
    i am bhuvana k daughter of tamil pandit late K A Nilakantan.i was in kallidai till1985 at 24, ekambarapuram st. then shifted to mumbai. now i am permanently settled in mumbai. my hubby is a marine engr in BP, UK. v r blessed with one daughter who is in4th year BE.

    my classmates are bala, chandra, jayshree,meenakshi, mahalakshmi (conductor muthu’ )
    bavani (lakshmanavadyar daughter). anandi ( HM eswaran’s daughter), lakshmi, (nambi)., nagalakshmi (AVK), alamelu (chellam butter) ………………..

    in 2005 i visited kallidai to show my daughter, the village life i enjoyed in childhood. vaikal, perumal kovil. school all r wonderful memories. do my friends remember me?

    • K R Narayanan Says:

      HI Bhuvana, i am 3rd son of late KSR Sir who was teaching history/english in TVHSS with your father Mr Nilakantan. If i am right you would have also studied under my father in class 9th or 10th with my sister R Radhiga who now settled at Madurai – but memory still recollected as my sister always use to tell about your name during our school days – incidentally your father was also my tamil teacher and i always remember about his first tamil seiyyul who taught us when i was studying 10th (1978) and he was a great scholar in tamil but we all could not understand those time but now we just recollect and refresh only in thoughts and also kumar is your brother right and he knows me well you can just ask him to get in touch with me if he is able to recognize me – K R Narayanan, settled in Bangalore contact no.9880624983

    • ravi Says:

      My name is Ravi. I studied in Tilak Vidyalaya “office secretaryship course in plus two. Your father thought us tamil and still I remember you and HM daughter anandi and shyamala (Canara Bank Manager daughter) and lots of other friends.

  113. Hi ppl am (Rajesh Mahadevan) from ekambarapuram st, the Great Kallidaikurichi. Am fully filled with joy and no more words out of my mouth to express.
    I take this oppurtunity to introduce our renowned school site ” http://www.tilakvidyalaya.com ” with new dimensions.U may see all the alumni members and search the same. pls tell us the feedback by using the contact us form in the site.

  114. Subbiah Says:

    I happened to spend a Sunday afternoon scanning this site.Nostalgic, though I could not network anyone therein. Our family though had roots at Kallidaikurichi, sailed the seven seas in the early 19 th century(perhaps,then, I was told it was a cardinal sinto crossthe seas)and were happily settled overseas till the Second World war uprooted us and we took refuge as evacuvees(Short form for evacuation) at kallidaikurichi. This was the year of the lord 1950’s. As inetrim measure I studied for couple of years at Tilak Vidyalaya( erstwhile King George School)and we had a Mr.K.N.SUNDARAM as the Principal.He, as I remember was a great Shakeasperean follower and he along with some like minded people used to stage Annual Dramaticsand other event in the then Newly built Stage of the school.Of course the audience had to put up with squating on the sanded area.(Not complaining).Regret,I am not able to recollect many of the allumini,partly due to my short( but sweet) stopover therin.Baseball was very popular at school those daysand many a times the ball used to land at nearby shanty places,and to retrieve those Willing fellows were few and far between Many of you refer one teacher “AVK”, if not mistaken I think was A V Krishnamoorthy, who used to teach Higher level Mathematics very well but also do it at Galloping speed. I had no probs as i was fairly O K in my curricular and cocurricular. I left
    the place inthe earliest 1950″s and hardly been there since. Am sure LOT WATER HAS FLOWN IN THE THAMBRAPARANI AND NOT OT MENTION in MANIMUTHAR(the Dam site was a retreatsite us) AND CANADIAN CANAL(nice to see the frames of the last mentioned)Since leaving the place I was more in theAir (Airliner)than on the beautiful mother earth as that of Kallidaikurichi.
    Loving greetings to fellow Kallidai Folks

    • Ranganathan Says:

      Indhanal andru pol illiye

      • It appears u r one of the elderly writers about our KIC. My father is now 93 years & used to tell a lot about KIC. I left the place in 1975. Now i remember how we all were living in hormony with Muslims settled immediately next to our street Mudaliappapuram St., Then Pillaimar St. Even Christians were our neighbours.We were hvg. friends of all community, respecting each other not leaving our orthodox views. To attain the Advaita philosophy we have to learn and live under that condition.

        U have with all humility remembered your roots. The mother earth of Kallidai is vibrating divine breeze.

    • K.Narayanan [ called NANA by others] Says:

      Dear subbiah
      Probably, I presume you must have had your Tilak Vidyalaya life around 48-50.I remember
      the head master K,M,Sundaram was brought from Thirukkattupalli when George MIddle School
      was upgraded. I passed out in the year 1949 to join M,D,T.Hindu College for intermediate. I
      vividly remember your narration of KMS’s love for Shakespeare. I was a resident of Mudali-
      appapuram [opp, to RSA Sankaraiyer's house ] Kindly contact me in your spare time
      Good Luck

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      Yes it AVK sir for mathis and SL (Mr. S. Laxman sir), Gangai teacher for Science in your period

  115. Dear Sir
    Its nice to have memories of lots of KIC’s. we have the perumal kovil samprokhshanam and Sastha Preethi coming up hope to catch u all soon. iam chandru grandson of ramasundaram iyer – Addisons in kandappapuram st, we are forming a venture to promote and preserve Kallidai pl send in your suggestions to my id racmaa@yahoo.com and my no is 8056033706. i request all of the persons to kindly participate in the venture to make Kallidai famous again. u can write your exp in kallidai.in also

  116. T.S.Ramachandran Says:

    Hi,
    My ancestors are from Kallidaikurichi. My Grand parents, both paternal & maternal are from there. I roughly remember my parents spoke about the place. Our Kuladaivam is there.
    I am very eager to visit the temples there. I pray God to facilitate my wish.
    My maternal grand father was doing Cloth business – late Ramalingasarma and his wife was Parvathavardhini Ammal. they had three sons and three daughters.My paternal grand father Viswanatha Iyer and Mangalanayaki Ammal was in Hotel business.

  117. Kallidaikurichy a green village surrounded with paddy fields. I came from North Mada street near lakshmipathi Koil pattar house. I am now settled at Coimbatore. I remember my school days at Kallidai. Very calm place to settle at retired life. Even all streets are very narrow, there is no traffic jam., people love one another, cheap living, no tension life. What a great village life?. I like to visit Kallidai during Perumal Koil festival.

  118. I like this blog and want to share

  119. mani Says:

    HAI ,

    I chanced upon this blog and happy to hear so much from my place kallidai.

    I am hari hara subramanian SASTHA VADIYAR grandson No 36 VARAHAPURAM St. I am settled in CHEMBUR. Passed out from TILAK VIDYALAYA 1978 passed I am on the way to KALLIDAI today 3rd FEB will be visiting SARAVADIYAR thai FRIDAY. Hope to catch you all soon.

  120. Janaki Says:

    I came across this blog today when i was just browsing for Kallidaikurichi , my mother’ s native.My granda was famously known as Store Rajamani (Ramasubramanian).house no 100, mudaliappapuram st.My mum is settled in Delhi.My mum is the second daughter among the 6 sisters.
    I use to visit Kallidaikurichi once in every two years during our vacations.Lovely place.My last visit was in the year 2006 for Kula daivam (sadavudaiyar) pooji from my inlaws side.I visited the Sastha Kovil and few relatives.
    I guess the person who has written this blog is related to me, as I came across Mookandi mama’s name.Mookandi mama is my mum’s cousin brother.And today when I was talking my mum,I was remembering Mookandi mama’s parents.
    I live in Singapore.
    Janaki

    • Janaki, Mookandi mama’s son only created this blog. As replied earlier, im the son of VR Koma , your mum’s (Seetaikutti) cousin.

    • K.Narayanan [ called NANA by others] Says:

      Dear Janaki
      Till this moment we were just two individual in different parts of the world. Thanks to the modern technologies and to this blog we have come closer. Your grandpa Rajamani was a
      resident of 100 Mudaliappapuram and Iam from 98 Mudaliappapuram. And we either me or
      my father will always contact him for any extra quota of sugar in case of functions. I remember
      him so vividly that his hair will not get wet after a dip in the canal as he had a well groomed
      curly hair.I know personally his first daughter [Visalakshi] and the second ,probably Jaya/Koma
      I also know Madhu [saraswaty stores ], VRand Bhagavathy,who is married to my cousin Kittamani . I and wife met them 3/4 years back. I stay with my son at Korba ,Chattisgarh
      Wishing you and your family members all the best let me stop
      .My mail id is – gjpran@yahoo.com

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      I am not sure whether you mother’s name is Valli. If not may be “Chithi” Valli was pass out of 1968 from Tilak Vidyalaya. I am Valli’s class mate. I still remember, for mathematics I have sometimes interacted with Valli. Please convey my enquiries to her. I have retired from a PSU Shipyard and settled in Kolkata.
      R Sambamurthy

  121. கணபதிராமன் Says:

    கல்லிடைக் குறிச்சி எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்த ஊர். நான் பிறந்த, படித்த,சிறுவனாக வளர்ந்த எழில் மிகுந்த அழகிய ஊர். ஆற்றங்கரை, வாய்க்கால் என்று காலை நீச்சலுடன் சேர்ந்த குளியல். அழகிய காலைப் பொழுதில் குளிக்கச் செல்லும் மனிதர்களின் கூட்டம். மணி அடித்த சத்தம் கேட்டதும் வீட்டிலிருந்து ஓடிச் சென்று பெஞ்சில் உட்கார்ந்த லஷ்மீபதி பள்ளி. மாலையில் வீட்டிற்கு வந்ததும் புத்தகப் பையை வீசி எறிந்து விட்டு புழுதி நிறைந்த தெருக்களில் மகிழ்ச்சியான விளையாட்டு. அதிகாலையில் அங்கும் இங்கும் வேகமாக நடையிடும் பஞ்சகச்சம், குடுமி சகிதமாக சாஸ்திரிகளின் கூட்டம். அதை பலமுறை எண்ணிப் பார்க்கிறேன். நமது குழந்தைகளுக்கு இதெல்லாம் கிடைக்கவில்லையே. அவர்கள் காலைமுதல் நடுஇரவு வரை இயந்திரமாக படிக்கிறார்கள். வேலை தேடி அதிலேயே மூழ்குகிறார்கள். எளிமையை ரசிக்கத் தெரியவில்லை. இனிமையை தேடத் தெரியவில்லை. படிப்பு பணம் என்ற வகையில் தான் அவர்களது வாழ்க்கை. கிராமம் கிராமம் தான்.

    • Ranganathan Says:

      Yes agreed. Missing the glorious past is pathetic. Our children & grand children miss the Charm and simplicity of our villages

      • Really agreed to your comment Ganapathi. I used to do the same in Kuthukal street alongwith Kumar, Babu and so on…. I did my schooling also from Lakshmipathi school. I am brother of NKV. Can you share your contact number to understand more. My contact number is: 09910099257 and residing at New Delhi. Such a nice place and missing the village dear…

  122. Rama Says:

    http://www.tilakvidyalaya.com/

    Please go thru this . July is the centenary year for this school. The late Shri AV Krishnamurthy taught me maths and the reason for my success in life. Please donate to make the function to build a good alumni of the school and for future of education in Kallidai

  123. kallidai Says:

    Dear All
    Its a pleasure to see old faces of Kallidai here in this blog. Pl note that we are having Adi Varaha Perumal Brahmautsavam starting on april 26 and is till 7th may also there is ther festival on 5th may followed by Sringeri Acharyal Visit to Kallidai on 5th Evening and Aarattu is on 6th May. Swamigal will be in Kallidai till 7th May. pl grace the occasion and get the blessings of His Highness The Perumal and His Holiness the Jagadguru too.

  124. kallidai Says:

    Dear All

    pl grace the glorious occusions where u will get the blessings of His Highness and Holiness on May 5th till 7th may. Ther is on 5th may followed by Arrival of His Holiness Sri Jagadguru Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamigal to kallidai. WE have Aarattu on may 6th for Lakshmipathy and swamiji will stay in Kallidai till 7th pl come and take the blessings
    ram

  125. Ramji Says:

    Nice to see many people fondly recalling their memories. I am Ramji from Thangamapuram Theru. I lived in Kallidai for few years only because of my father’s transferrable job (He was a post master used to be called as Mookandi mama) but used to frequent Kallidai.We are still retaining our ancestral home with a hope that one day will settle there in one way or another.

    I try to go once a year there. Last visit was for Sastha Preeti in 2011. I was very happy to meet few people whom I know.

    I am in Bangalore now. Married to a medical doctor and blessed with 02 daughters.My daughters are into Bharatnatyam. because of my roots I have given them a nick name of “kallidai sisters”. I have posted their dance clippings in youtube which can be followed under the thread “Kallidai sisters”. I wish one day they perform in front of my home crowd in kallidai.

    Thanks to Mr.Yagya Raman. Few names from this thread are vey familar to me Vasu, Bhuvana (Neelakandan Sir’s daughter. I have very fond memories of Neelakandan Sir and his family & especially Kumar), Sambamurthy anna, who is quite senior to me

    • R Sambamurthy Says:

      I am R Sambamurthy. Thank you for remembering me. Your father, mother, your brothers, and your sister Meena are our family friends. I met Meena on 06 December 2011 on the occasion of my Brother in Law’s Shasti Apta Poorthi celeberation. We call your father as “Thanthi Mama” I have recently inter-acted through Mail with Chellappa’s brother Hari. I have retired in July 2011 from a PSU Shipyard in Kolkata and am presently engaged in Post-retirement employment., as Secretary to Technical Advisor in a Private Organisation

      With Blessings

      R Sambamurthy

      • Raman Says:

        Congrats! Glad to know that you have continued your professional as Secretary to Technical Advisor in a private organizaiton. I have been continuously watching your feelings in this website, which are very interesting.

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        I sincerely thank you for your compliments. Request give details of your acquaintance to refresh my fading memories.
        Once again thanks
        R Sambamurthy

    • bhavani vijaykumar Says:

      Hi Ramji,do u remember me. I am bhavani,ThangamapuramLalitha mami’s daugther .I was in 3 no. my sisters are revathi,anusha,bhaskar(brother) we both were in same class.now am in kolkata. if you recognize me , give reply. how is ur brother raja and sister mina.Regards,-bhavani.

  126. Ram Says:

    Our Presiding Deity of Kallidaikurichi Sri Adi Varaha Perumal Temple Renovation programme is starting after the completion of Vasantho seva function hope fully all KIC’s are requested to render all their possible methods of collecting funds and as well donate generously too.

    A Publication named Kallidai As It Is is planned to be released along with a DVD containing Songs of various bhagavarthars and musicians belonging to the place is planned kindly experience the moments of the place and the Lord to kalliboss72@gmail.com. A Separate web site devoted to the Lord is coming up any body wants to contribute the content are welcome. This is a rare event occurring after 25 years , i hope every body will participate soon

    Ram

  127. R Sambamurthy Says:

    Although I have retired from PSU I am continuing my post-retirement employment in a Private Organisation to keep my shorthand writing alive. I have a plan to work for 4-5 years before taking a full retirement. With thanks.
    R Sambamurthy

  128. Namaskaram and ‘Hi’ to all Kallidai readers. I am elated to read about the fond memories of you all mentioning specially about Sri Adi Varaha Swami temple, Sadavudayar Koli and also about Saastha Preeti.

    As most of us live in cities like Chennai, etc. we might have visited many Shiva temples like Karpagambal temple, etc. It is surprising that no one mention anything about the well built Maanendiappar – Vadivambal temple which is housing 63 Nayanmargal, and other beautiful vigrahas including Navagrahas.

    The Shivalinga, Devi, Nandigeshwar are beautifully carved out. I would request all devotees to spend some time to visit this temple also. To bless the devotees the Gods visit Ramachandrapuram St. during ‘Tapasu’ utsavam. The nearby Subramanya Swamy temple is also equally big. I don’t think one may find such a big ‘Kodimaram’ dedicated to lord Ganesha , like what we find in this temple. .

    At least those who stayed in the eastern streets of the Agraharam should do something to bring back glory of the temple.

    • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

      because Manenthiappar and Kumara Koil are far away from the agraharams. one has to go along the bed side of kannadia canal right from tonthivalagam ramachandrapuram ezhpuram, vaithiappapuram kannthapapuram ambai main road boy shop, srivaraha puram,mudaliappapuram subramania opuram ekambarapuram kottai street banks coming across

  129. Hi
    Good evening to all Kallidaians…. I will first introduce myself as Kumar, Brother of N.Kasi Viswanathan. NKV is still residing at Kallidai and undersigned is with IT firm in Delhi as GM. Even though I stayed till my 7th std and played cricket everywhere in Kallidai. My school friends are Kannan, Ganesh from Kandapuram street and Lakshmipathy from seetaraman appalam…. Long time…. It is nice place for peaceful stay…. Keep rocking and enjoy…. Regards Kumar…. My mobile no. is : 09910099257

    • lakshminarayanan alias VL Says:

      I know very well NKV ( Mr. N kasiviswanathan) who took maths to us. He always teaches………maths do it, if maths not coming then leave it. but he use to give marks for the efforts and steps that is why many students prefers to have his class. his maths class will not be boring. He took this profession of maths teaching when AVK sir got retired. I am I correct////

  130. Balan Says:

    Dear Kallidians I am settled in chennai. I need help from you. my wife(she is from melattur,tanjore district), but her grant mother name is Rukmani (she is from kallidaikurichi) ane she married a LIC Sri.Krishnamurthy iyer of Melattur. I heard the information that the Smt.Rukmani ammal conducted music classes, etc in long back.if you have any clue please meil to me baluvittal@yahoo.com

    • Sankar Mahadevan Says:

      Hi, I don’t know about your grandmother. Can you please email me the contact info of Thondi vilagam Street GLAD Appalam Subba – he is in Wisconsin, USA and I want to get in touch with him. He has posted in your blog before. My father K V Mahadevan and mother live in Perumal Sannidhi Street.

      Thanks, Sankar

      Sent from my iPad

  131. Subramaniam Says:

    Dear gentlemen….I am fascinated by this blog which, unfortunately I discovered only now…..my father and his parents all hail from Kallidai….Mudaliappuram street….my father was called Vairam Sundaram and he passed away recently….I will greatly appreciate any guidance on rediscovering my roots…my name is Subramaniam and my mail Id is
    Subbier@hotmail.com (subbier was my grandfather who lived his life in Kallidai)

    • Kallidaikurichi Ramesh Subramanian Says:

      What a fantastic time I spent reading all the comments? I am Ramesh Subramanian from Thonthivilagam street and grandson of Rama Subbaiyer of the Thena Kina family. Ram or Chandru is also a part of the Thena Kina family. We had a javali kadai and major lands in Guruvayur and the present day Hotel Rukmini Regency brought these lands from us. Even the Guruvayur East Nada Samooham was donated by this family. The Sastha Temple with the deity “Poorna Pushkala Sametha Kulathooril Ayyan” is of great relevenace and the concept of Sastha Preethi has originated from Kallidaikurichi. The sastha preethi here has been going on for 900 years conducted in turn by various agraharams. This year it is on Aug 9,10 & 11 2013 being conducted by Thonthivilagam Street. Request all Kalldai folks to attend. Although I work in an MNC I also perform Namasankeerthanam and have been doing it for 20 years now. I am fortunate to ahve sung at the Sastha Preethi for the last 5 years with the belssings of the lord, my parents and all elders. Once again please do attend the Sastha Preethi and my contact number is 9677028475 at Chennai.

      Reply

    • My father Shri V Ramakrishna Iyer (95 years) – VR and mother (Koma mami) are staying with us in guwahati. He knows yr father very well. Some 3 years back a diamond necklace was bought by my sister from your shop only for her son’s marriage, as told by my father. My Email Id venkateswaranr6@gmail.com

  132. Ramani Says:

    Hi Sankar,
    I am Ramani from Mumbai. I am elder brother of Balasubramaniam (Balu) your class mate.
    We were staying in your house during 1971 to 78. I understand you are in USA.
    Very nice to see your message here. Please be in touch.

  133. Ramani Says:

    Hi Mr. Kaliappan,

    I am Ramani from Dombivli. I am from Kallidaikurichi. Where do you stay in Mumbai ?
    My brother Balu was Sankaralingam’s class mate. Pl. be in touch.

    Regards, Ramani

  134. Ravi Says:

    Anybody knows where Shyamala (Daughter of Canara Bank Manager) is currently living? Also Lakshmi technical institute Kannan?
    thanks

  135. Kallidaikurichi Ramesh Subramanian Says:

    Namaskaram,

    What a fantastic time I spent reading all the comments? I am Ramesh Subramanian from Thonthivilagam street and grandson of Rama Subbaiyer of the Thena Kina family. Ram or Chandru is also a part of the Thena Kina family. We had a javali kadai and major lands in Guruvayur and the present day Hotel Rukmini Regency brought these lands from us. Even the Guruvayur East Nada Samooham was donated by this family. The Sastha Temple with the deity “Poorna Pushkala Sametha Kulathooril Ayyan” is of great relevenace and the concept of Sastha Preethi has originated from Kallidaikurichi. The sastha preethi here has been going on for 900 years conducted in turn by various agraharams. This year it is on Aug 9,10 & 11 2013 being conducted by Thonthivilagam Street. Request all Kalldai folks to attend. Although I work in an MNC I am also perform Namasankeerthanam and have been doing it for 20 years now. I am fortunate to ahve sung at the Sastha Preethi for the last 5 years with the belssings of the lord, my parents and all elders. Once again please do attend the Sastha Preethi and my contact number is 9677028475 at Chennai.

  136. Kallidaikurichi Ramesh Subramanian Says:

    What a fantastic time I spent reading all the comments? I am Ramesh Subramanian from Thonthivilagam street and grandson of Rama Subbaiyer of the Thena Kina family. Ram or Chandru is also a part of the Thena Kina family. We had a javali kadai and major lands in Guruvayur and the present day Hotel Rukmini Regency brought these lands from us. Even the Guruvayur East Nada Samooham land was donated by this family. The Sastha Temple with the deity “Poorna Pushkala Sametha Kulathooril Ayyan” is of great relevance and the concept of Sastha Preethi has originated from Kallidaikurichi. The sastha preethi here has been going on for 900 years conducted in turn by various agraharams. This year it is on Aug 9,10 & 11 2013 being conducted by Thonthivilagam Street. Request all Kalldai folks to attend. Although I work in an MNC I am also perform Namasankeerthanam and have been doing it for 20 years now. I am fortunate to have sung “Varavu Paatu” at the Sastha Preethi for the last 5 years with the belssings of the lord, my parents and all elders. Once again please do attend the Sastha Preethi and my contact number is 9677028475 at Chennai.

    • K R Narayanan Says:

      Dear Ramesh, I do not recognize but I would have met you some time some day at KIC as I belong to that beautiful place as a native from No 17 North Mada St my father late and retired teacher viz. KSR Sir (K S Ramasubramanian) and trust you would have also studied under him if you were a student between 1955 to 1985.
      Main thing I am trying to convey here that now as I settled in B;lore for over 28 years the sastha preethi etc. for lord Aiyappa being celebrated here during all week ends of Dec every year I request and expect you can be here this year during any one such week end. My entire family still lives in Kallidai my mother,borther and sister and am alone here and plan definitely to have my retired life after may 7-8 years.K R Narayanan Contact no. 09880624983.

    • Nice. My sister Smt. Parvaty Raman (Kolkata) living in your street, also invited me for the Saasta preeti. I stay with family and with my elderly parents in Guwahati (Assam). My father VR (95 years) recollected his boyhood days, just y/day. With his father he used to visit Shri Subramanyaswami temple and also Vadivambal temple daily evenings from Mudaliappapuram st. A mudaliyar used to have darshan of Shri Subramanyar from the small hole of the temple every night after closing his shop , by which time the temple doors were also closed. One night he got a stunning darshan of the lord through the hole. Lots of light was there and many devotees were going here and there inside the temple offering many fruits and other ‘neivedyams’. Oodubathi was making smoke and the lord was smiling. Perplexed he came running to our street and informed the agrahara people. A group of elders requested the temple authorities to open the door to find what was going. Inside lots of puja items like fruits , etc. were found there indicating some grand puja took place just sometime before. It is quite possible that some devaloka mahans must have performed the puja and the darshan was shown to this simple devotee. This was a true story took place some time 85 to 90 years back. On those days even ladies used to visit these two temples fearlessly around 8.00 PM in the night.

      As u r already involved in spiritual activities, kindly awaken the bhaktas of our agraharams to visit these temples whose idols are very beautifully carved out.

      • R Sambamurthy Says:

        Rajamani – First of all my bountiful regards to your father. I pray to the Almighty for his long life. His clear face with nicely combed hair still reflects in my mind. I also compliment your beautiful style of writing with pious and great ideas. Please continue – R Sambamurthy

  137. Kallidaikurichi Ramesh Subramanian Says:

    Please forgive the typos on the previous message..

  138. Veeraragahvan Says:

    Hullo,
    i am Prof.K.Veeraragahavan, retd from a pvt engg college near chennai. I want to buy a house in Kallidai for retd life. If anyone knows Pl tell me.

    Thanks to all

    • VL alias lakshminarayanan Says:

      your request is a very old request which we hear from our grandpas in thosedays

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        I am Ramani here. I wonder whether you remember me. I was staying in your street at No. 3, opp. Laxmipathi school during 1972 – 77. I also studied Secretarial Practice two years junior to you. I remember you very much. Please be in touch. My mobile no. is 09322430582. My email id is Ramani.iyer@ceat.in. I met Chinnambi a couple of months ago in Mumbai where I am also settled. His mobile no. is 09867927627

      • lakshminarayanan Says:

        Hai Ramani. You are right. Though I could not recollect about your batch, I can remember No.3 Sannadhi st.. one telugu family Nagabhushanam lived in those days and the No.4 house is Nana’s. Your opposite house is Lakahmipathi school, AR Sir house, GN Sir house, Mukandi Sir house, Store harihara Iyer house, Sanguru sir uouse….and in your house No.5 Mukandi house, 6 Seetharaman appalam, in No.2 Palpanai Narayana iyer and the list will go on. I lived in No.15 sannadhi sreet. Even today I can remember all the 55 houses, the family members lived in each and every house in those days. I can also remember who ever lived in those days In every street i.e. south mada street, north mada street kannimoola street, tondivilakam street, ramachandrapuram st, kandappa uram street, patanaiyanar street, veerapapuram, mudaliappa puram, thankamada puram, subramaniapuram, ekaambarapuram,, pattanaiyanarpuram, kottai street. You should have witnessed that all , myself, chinnambi, chetai mani, Ramesh, swami are street kings and thick fiends. and people will fear to see us all five together because we 5 joined together means there is going to be ragalai. in the street…. I hope you can remember those lovely days

  139. Chellam Says:

    I am chellam from Vathiyappapuram street.when i was in my 7th std i plan to be with grandmother in KIC.That was the time God give me an entry ticket to that heaven.This is the place where i enjoyed a lot during my life days as of now.I use to spent my evening time with friends group Kamal,Muthu,Rajasekar,……….and more in canal.Where ever you go every one your neighbor relatives, friends or watch you can’t escape from their eyes.You always be touch in a with your network.Some of the friend they groomed me in my carrier Bharath,Vignesh,Karthick and the list going onnn..Suddenly once my studies got over there was a ? where to go and how to start a carrier finally my fat i got settled in Chennai.God A wise he took the entry of the heaven from me in a short span of time.I hope GOD definitely will gives me the entry ticket to the heaven village KIC.I am eagerly waiting for the day but friends i would request you all to keep the city beauty as such.Plant atleast one trees in every ones home.I really missing my village.

  140. Chellam Says:

    I am chellam from Vathiyappapuram street.when i was in my 7th std i plan to be with grandmother in KIC.That was the time God give me an entry ticket to that heaven.This is the place where i enjoyed a lot during my life days as of now.I use to spent my evening time with friends group Kamal,Muthu,Rajasekar,………. more in canal mostly. You always be touch in a with your network of friends Where ever you go everyone your neighbor relatives, friends watch you, you can’t escape from their eyes. I love that but here in cities like Chennai Mumbai, Delhi,you don’t even know the neighbor name sometimes.. Some of the friend they groomed me in my carrier pathr Bharath,Vignesh,Karthick and the list going onnn..Suddenly once my studies got over there was a ? Where to go and how to start my carrier finally my fat I got settled in Chennai. GOD the wise man he took the entry of the heaven from me in a short span of time. I don’t know after my death definitely I will not allow go to the real heaven by GOD but I hope he definitely will gives me the entry ticket to the heaven village KIC once again. I am eagerly waiting for that day but friends I would request you all to keep the city beauty as such. Plant at least one tree in every ones home. Don’t build any build building in backside of your home use it for gardening purposes. I really miss my village.

  141. C.Coomarasamy(previously C.Kumarasamy) Says:

    I am a friend and classmate of Mr T.S.Ramachandran (T.S.Kannan)of Kallidaikurichi 1965 Alagappa Polytechnic Karaikkudi.He was working at Bombay. I want to have contact with him now and see him.If details are known, please inform me. Thank you.

  142. lakshmi varahan Says:

    hello,i am lakshmi varahan from srivarahapuram street,no.38 near mandapam.presently residing at mumbai titwala.my wife is also from kallidai kuruchi patnainapuram street.now my sisters daughter ms.gangai is staying in kallidai only.my maruman sons are having house at kallidai kanthapuram street no.19. chidambaramkrishnans son.

  143. K R Narayanan Says:

    I am Narayanan K R son of late K S Ramasubramanian (KSR Sir) and my mother Narayani still living at No. 17, North Mada Street, kallidai and am settled presently at Bangalore for over 28 years and a frequent traveller to KIC with my family members – even now I have my brother who has fortunately got a job and without transfer worked and retired in BSNL Ambai for over 20 years and my Jayashree who also settled working at Mahatma Gandhi Nursery School, Veerappapuram street & my sister R Radhiga who now settled at Madurai = any one who knows us can contact in 09880624983

  144. K R Narayanan Says:

    VL, Delhi hope u remember me i attended ur marriage in Blore here almost 25 yrs back and tried to get in touch with H Gangadharasubramanian (Mani) = meantime your sister and my sister jaishree are classmates and ur brother Murugan is my classmate and pls tell murugan about me to contact me = rest at KIC going on as usual = some body asking about your athai Madhuram family & can i give details about her family (they are our neighbour).rgds.
    Ramani, Mumbai – hope you can remember me as ur brother nagabushan was my school and class mate – if am right you all speak telugu correct when u stayed at Kallidai.

    • Ramani Says:

      Dear KR,

      You are absolutely correct. We speak Telugu at Home. I appreciate your deep memory. Did VL reply to your mail. Those simple days of Kallidai will never come in our life again. Regards, Ramani

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        Nowadays no messages from you. Hope, you must have recognised me by now. Where are you working now? Last week I had been to Chinnambi’s house to buy appalams. Chinnambi’s elder brother was there.
        He was enquiring about you as well. Please be in touch.

        Ramani
        Ramani.Iyer@ceat.in

      • Narayanan Iyer Says:

        dear Ramani Hai.Thanks lot for remembering. Chinnambi’s brother means Periambi? I am in delhi . Have got no chance to visit KIC for long years

    • VL Says:

      Dear KR You are absolutely correct. I know your entire family. Your mother, father AVANI sir, your brothers and sisters Jayashree, radhika

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        This is Ramani here. I was staying in perumal sannathi street (No.3 – opp. laxmipathy school). Hope, you remember me now. I had been to Kallidai during May ’13. My self and KR keep in touch with each other regularly.

        My email id is Ramani.Iyer@ceat.in.

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        Dear VL,

        I got your mail and noted the contents. I know yourself, Chettai Mani, Ramesh, Chinnambi and Swami when you all join together whole Kallidaikurichi will fear because of anticipation of Ragalai. It may not be so now as all of us have crossed the age of 50. I think you must be now 57 or 58 years old. I visited Kallidaikurichi in May ’13 to attend one poonal function. I saw your house when I was passing through Sannathi Street. You may be knowing Raman (opp. your house) who was working in a bank expired.
        I met Ramesh and his brother Subba Mani. They are all very happy in Kallidaikurichi. Ramesh has purchased 2 or 3 houses in Kallidai and is well settled. Do you visit Kallidai. You still have that house at Sannathi Street ? Please be in touch.

        Regards,
        Ramani

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        I got your mail and noted the contents. I know yourself, Chettai Mani, Ramesh, Chinnambi and Swami when you all join together whole Kallidaikurichi will fear because of anticipation of Ragalai. It may not be so now as all of us have crossed the age of 50. I think you must be now 57 or 58 years old. I visited Kallidaikurichi in May ’13 to attend one poonal function. I saw your house when I was passing through Sannathi Street. You may be knowing Raman (opp. your house) who was working in a bank expired.
        I met Ramesh and his brother Subba Mani. They are all very happy in Kallidaikurichi. Ramesh has purchased 2 or 3 houses in Kallidai and is well settled. Do you visit Kallidai. You still have that house at Sannathi Street ? Please be in touch

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear VL,

        Nowadays no messages from you. Hope, you must have recognised me by now. Where are you working now? Last week I had been to Chinnambi’s house to buy appalams. Chinnambi’s elder brother was there.
        He was enquiring about you as well. Please be in touch

  145. K.S.Kumar Says:

    Wow I went through the various messages. I am Kumar residing in Mumbai.My parents are from KIC .It was so good. I have been in Mumbai since my childhood. I have heard great stories from my Dad. Nice to go through all of these messages. I still retain the roots in veerpuram street (sri Varahapuram Street). I generally am there once in 2 years.

    • lakshminarayanan Says:

      Dear Yagnaraman. who r u from Veerapapuram. Because I know medical soma (saharanaman), his son sriram studied with me in TV school and S Lakshmivarahan No.1 Srivaraha puram st,
      Muyal Kitchan and Malayali who conducts playing card in his house.

    • Ramani Says:

      Dear Kumar,

      I am Ramani here. I stay in Dombivli. Where do you stay in Mumbai ?

      Regards,

      Ramani
      Mob. no. 9322430582

      • Lakshminarayanan Says:

        Love to see so many mails from Kallidaians. Mr.Yagyaraman started this page and my email in 2011 has developed so many messages. Better to see the photos if possible.

        Thanks

        V.Lakshminarayanan
        S/o of Late Venkataraman (Lalitha School)
        Grand son of Ramudu Sir (Lalitha School)

      • Ramani Says:

        Dear Kumar,

        I am staying in Dombivili. Where do you stay in Mumbai ?

        Regards,

        Ramani

  146. Paul D Prabhakar Says:

    Hi friends.
    Happy to read most of the sweet memories of KIC folks. I am Paul D Prabhakar. I am the son of Shri Paul Durai, Tahsildar (Retd as DRO) in Mudaliappapuram Street. We lived at No. 7 Mudaliappapuram Street. I cherish the fond memories of the street play, vaikal kuliyal…. kabadi at athangarai, etc. I am now working as Manager, State Bank of Travancore, Besant Nagar Chennai. My brothers Suresh Babu and Kishore Kumar are in US. My sister Jebaseeli is a teacher in Dindigul. My mother was Maths teacher at the Govt High School. Many of her students are now in our Bank. I remember my friends, Sankar, ramani, sambasivan, Raju, (There were three Rajus.. ) Kumaran at Veerappapuram street. Still I visit KIC every now and then. ButI am unable to meet any of my old friends. If anybody recognises me please send me a mail

    • SUBRAMANIAN S V Says:

      Hai Prabhakar I am SVS from Ekambarapuram st, currently at SBI, Chennai, nice to see u r msg

    • S V SUBRAMANIAN Says:

      Hai Prabhakar, I am SVS hope I am contacting after a long gap. Three years back I met raju at kanyakumari

  147. I was born in Kallidaikurichi (KIC ). But lived in Calcutta, Trichy,Canada,Palghat, Cochin, Chennai and now back to Kochi for my retired life. The last time i had been to KIC was 24 years back in 1990. Am sure a lot has changed in these years. Our house was bang opposite the station called the “Station view” house

    . My grand mother was Lakshmi Sankar iyer ( a freedom fighter). That house was sold long time back and i understand it was used as a Kalyanamandapam. Also it was let out for shooting for films like ” Iyya “. Am planning a visit now to KIC in the second half of March. Is there any good hotels there? Can someone help me out by responding to this? My mail i.d is : thekasl@gmail.com . My name is Subramaniam.

    Thanks

    • Ramani Says:

      Dear Sri Subramaniam,

      Nice to see your mail. It seems you have not visited Kallidaikurichi after 1990.
      Though the structure of Kallidai is not changed, people have constructed more rooms on top of their houses. You may stay in Baskar Hotel which is very famous in Kallidaikurichi. I visited Kallidai last May to attend one Poonal function.
      My email id is Ramani.Iyer@ceat.in. My mob. no. is 9322430582. Please be in touch.

      Regards,

      Ramani

  148. Thanks Ramani. I did stay in Bhaskar hotel when we had a get-together of our relatives during 22nd and 23rd March.2014. However, we met daily in our house for reminiscing, chit-chat and for food. It was a wonderful experience. Our house is bang opposite to the Railway station and my grandparents are Mrs.Lakshmi Sankar Iyer( first woman MLA of Madras) and T.C.Sankar Iyer.
    Am giving two links to my fb page where i had posted the picture of our House which is now 100 years old and also the paper cutting of freedom fighters of kallidaikurichi where you can see my grandparents.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=769200993090130&set=a.281460658530835.81729.100000007089676&type=1&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=769221266421436&set=a.281460658530835.81729.100000007089676&type=1&theater

    Thanks

    subbu

    • Narayanan Iyer Says:

      Say 35years back when I was 15 years studying in Tilak Vidyalaya,we know very well the only house at Railway station road I,e, Lakshmi Shankar. we use to go on Navratri days because they use to give money( like rupee 1/ to children which made us so happy in those days

  149. We had a reunion of our relatives in our ancestral house in Kallidaikurichi(KIC) on the 22nd & 23rd of March. 2014.click on the link below to see my blog .

    http://the-kasl.blogspot.in/2014/04/reunion-at-our-ancestral-house-in.html

    • Narayanan Iyer Says:

      What about Kulathu Iyer’s house in railway station road? I think the house is now function as police station? am I correct?

  150. neelakantan Says:

    Dear all kallidaians,

    Sri “Aadhivarahaperumal samprokshanam” starts from next sunday 29th june 2014. Hope all the kallidaians will be there. expecting your presence….

    Neelakantan.H
    s/o.N.Hari(SBI Retired)
    kottai theru,
    kallidaikurichi.

  151. R.Rajamani Says:

    Our Srivarahamoorthy Swamy Temple Kumbhabhishekam is on July 4, 2014 Friday. All Kallidai natives are blessed to have this memorable occasion. I welcome all who are coming to Kallidai. Let us make it a huge
    religious congregation and make the event a grand success with our participation in all activities, connected with the function. Come in large number and receive the blessings of the Lord.

    R.Rajamani, Chennai

  152. Ravi Says:

    Nice to read the description of Kallidaikurichi. The original post was written in 2008. I am curious to know if it is still like that. Has “progress” ruined the place, as it has in so many small towns? The reason I wish to know is that I am nearing 70 and I am looking for a place to settle down that still has an authentic traditional Tamil environment, not the fake western-influenced ones you see in large cities.


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