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Life Sketches

Rao Bahadur M.A.Thirunarayanachariar, B.A.,M.L.

Life Sketches - Rao Bahadur M.A.Thirunarayanachariar It may be said of the late Rao Bahadur M.A.Thirunarayanachariar that what was founded by the father was firmly established by the son. Mr.Thirunarayanachariar took an abiding interest in the Hindu High School and along with his father, the founder of the school was instrumental in providing the school with local habitation and an imposing building. He was the Assistant Secretary of the School Committee for a number of years and guided its destinies very ably.

Mr.Thirunarayanachariar was born in the year 1875. He was the younger son of Rao Bahadur M.A. Singarachariar, the founder of our school. He studied in the Anglo-Vernacular School (as the Hindu High School was then called) and graduated from the local Presidency College. He had an enviable record to his credit both at school and at college where he carried off most of the prizes.

He joined the Law course and took his degrees as Bachelor and Master of Laws with credit. After being apprenticed under the late Sir John Wallis who was then the Advocate-General of Madras and later became the chief Justice of Madras and member of the Privy Council, he entered the Bar where he had a very successful career for a long time, and was a leading practitioner on the Original Side of the Madras High Court. He was Editor of the Indian Law Reports, Madras High Court. He was Editor of the Indian Law Reports, Madras, For a long time and officiated as the Official Assignee of Madras, both of which posts he occupied with distinction.

A beliver in the saying "A sound mind in a sound body," Sri Thirunarayanachariar translated the precept into practice and had a good record at sports and atheletics. He was a good swimmer and was very bold and daring. He was never afraid of stormy seas nd would venture out single in his own yacht in rough seas and under perilous conditions. He had a great fascination for sailing and foreign travel and had a voyage at least once or twice a year. He was widely travelled man and in his voyages had perhaps covered the whole world, except America. A man of imposing stature and keen intellect, and a scholar to boot, he attracted attention wherever he went. These voyages were utilized by him as a study of men and affairs and served to improve and widen his knowledge, and were not mere pleasure travels. Known for his broadmindedness and abhorrence of cruelty, and a believer in equality and fraternity, he was deeply pained at the discriminating treatment meted out to our Indian brethren in South Africa. On his return from Africa, he gave publicity to the sufferings and indignities of Indians there and was eagerly looking forward to the day when these iniquities would be redressed.

He was greatly interested in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and was actively connected with it as its Secretary for several extending its activities to embrace all aspects of prevention of cruelty to animals. With his broad vision and generous nature, he believed strongly in the reformation of erring children and was keenly interested in the Madras Children's Aid Society\of which he was Vice-President till the end of his life. He was closely associated with the Vigilance Association and was also an ardent believer in Harijan uplift. The Hindu High School had a special claim upon his affection and even after he ceased to be the Assistant Secretary of the School Committee he was evincing keen interest in its activities and was president of the Old Boys' Association for some time.

Sri Tirunararyanachariar was a prominent figure in social circles in the city. He was a distinguished member of the Cosmoplitan Club and was reputed to be an excellent conversationalist. Known for his humour and independent views, he always attracted friends round him who were very often sent into rapturous laughter by his anecdotes.
His sudden demise on the 24th of March 1944 at the age of 69 was a loss to the public and his friends.

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