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          PSundaram Pillai (1855-1897) was born on 5th April, 1855. Sundaram Pillai studied at the Maharaja’s College in Thiruvananthapuram. He then joined as a staff of his personal college in 1876. He was selected as the headmaster of the Anglo-Vernacular School in Tirunelveli, which soon turned into a Second Grade College, known as the M D T Hindu College. He suited the first Principal of this college in 1878. In 1879 he went back to the Maharaja’s College, served their till his death. He translated three of the ten poems of Pathupattu, including the longest, Maduraikanchi and Tirumurugarruppadai into English. His work Manonmaniam which was a poetical drama of over 4,500 lines was published in 1891