Ponnambalam Ramanathan

Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan

பொன்னம்பலம் இராமநாதன்
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Solicitor-General of Ceylon
In office
Preceded byCharles Layard
Succeeded byJames Cecil Walter Pereira
Unofficial Member (Tamil)
Legislative Council of Ceylon
In office
Preceded byMuthu Coomaraswamy
Succeeded byP. Coomaraswamy
Unofficial Member (Educated Ceylonese)
Legislative Council of Ceylon
In office
Succeeded byJames Peiris
Unofficial Member
Legislative Council of Ceylon
In office
Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon
for Northern Province North
In office
Personal details
P. Ramanathan

(1851-04-16)16 April 1851
Colombo, Ceylon
Died26 November 1930(1930-11-26) (aged 79)
Colombo, Ceylon
Alma materPresidency College, Madras
EthnicityCeylon Tamil

Ponnambalam Ramanathan (Tamil: பொன்னம்பலம் இராமநாதன், translit. Poṉṉampalam Irāmanātaṉ; 16 April 1851 – 26 November 1930) was a Ceylon Tamil lawyer, politician and Solicitor-General of Ceylon.

Early life and family

Ramanathan was born on 16 April 1851 at the home of his maternal grandfather A. Coomaraswamy on Sea Street, Colombo in south western Ceylon.[1][2][3] He was the son of Gate Mudaliyar A. Ponnambalam, a leading government functionary, and Sellachi Ammai.[1][3] He was the brother of P. Coomaraswamy and P. Arunachalam. Ramanathan had his early education at home before joining Royal Academy, Colombo in 1861.[1][2][4] Ramanathan and his brother Coomaraswamy entered Presidency College, Madras in 1865.[1][2][5] The brothers completed the Intermediate in Arts and started the degree course but, following "youthful excesses" by Coomaraswamy, both were recalled to Ceylon without completing the course.[6]

Ramanathan married Sellachchi Ammal, daughter of Mudaliyar E. Nannithamby, in 1874 at Ward Place, Colombo.[7] They had three sons (Mahesan, Rajendra and Vamadeven) and three daughters (Sivakolunthu, Rukmini).[8] After being widowed Ramanathan married Australian R. L. Harrison (later known as Leelawathy).[9] They had a daughter, Sivagamisundhari.[10]