- Vellala Mudaliar
Sir Arcot Ramasamy Mudaliar • Natesa Mudaliar • P. T. Rajan • Bhaktavatsalam Regions with significant populations Tamil Nadu Languages Religion Related ethnic groups
- 1 Origin of Vellalar
- 2 Sub-castes
- 3 Distribution
- 4 Famous Vellala Mudaliars
- 4.1 Historical Personalities
- 4.2 Modern Personalities
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Origin of Vellalar
The name Vellalar is derived from two words namely Vellam meaning flood in Tamil and alar meaning ruler or controller. So Vellalar means controller of floods. It is also to be remembered that the word Velanmai means Agriculture in Tamil. Sometimes they are also referred to as Karalar which means "lord of the clouds" in Tamil.
Vellala Mudaliar community comprises castes which use Mudaliar title predominantly such as
- Thondaimandala Saiva Velalar
- Thondaimandala Kondaikatti Vellalar
- Thuluva Vellalar
- Srilankan Mudaliars
The following is a detailed list of Vellalar sub-castes using Mudaliar title distributed throughout the state of Tamil Nadu
Sub-castes of Vellala Mudaliar
Aadhi saiva Vellalar, Acchukkarai Vellalar, Anuppa Vellalar, Arisikara Vellalar , Ariya Vellalar , Arumbukkootram Vellalar, Chembi nattu Vellalar , Chempon Vellalar , Chenaikkula Vellalar , Chendhalai Vellalar , Cherakula Vellalar , Dhagavalaikula Vellalar , Dhatchana Vellalar , Ealzai nattu Vellalar , Ealzarai nattu Vellalar , Ealzur nattu Vellalar , Earudhu mattu Vellalar , Eecha mottai Vellalar , Ilavazhi Vellalar , Ilaya Vellalar , Indhu siva madham Vellalar , Irurotti Vellalar , Kanattu Vellalar , Kani or kaniga Vellalar , Kanialar Vellalar , Kappukatti Vellalar , Kara Kanialar Vellalar, Karaikkattu Vellalar , Karamathi Vellalar , Keeraikara Vellalar , Kodikal Vellalar , Kodikara Vellalar , Kodum pulzai Vellalar , Konattu Vellalar , Kondakatti Vellalar , Kondhagai Vellalar , Kondhala Vellalar , Kottai Vellalar , Kirithuva Vellalar , Kurinji Vellalar , Malaikanum Vellalar , Mangala nattu Vellalar , Maraikanda Vellalar , Moonru nattu nangu Vellalar , Moonur Vellalar , Mugadutha nattu Vellalar , Musugundha Vellalar , Naloor Vellalar , Nanjil Vellalar , Nankudi Vellalar , Narambukkatti Vellalar, Narkatti Vellalar , Narkudi Vellalar , Narpathirandoor thuluva Vellalar , Neminagar Vellalar , Oaliyur Vellalar , Oothu nattu Vellalar , Ootru valanattu Vellalar , OPS Vellalar , Paala Vellalar , Panayurkotta Vellalar , Pavala Vellalar , Payur Vellalar , Podikara Vellalar , Ponnakkarai Vellalar , Pookara Vellalar , Saivakula Vellalar , Samba Vellalar , Samya nattu Vellalar , Sanguthali Vellalar , Savalakula Vellalar , Seerkudi Vellalar , Seerpusi Vellalar , Sengadi Vellalar , Silambani Vellalar , Silambikara Vellalar , Sindhi Vellalar , Siru kudi Vellalar , Sitthi kattu Vellalar , Thendhisai Vellalar , Thenralai Vellalar , Thondaimandala Mudhanmai Vellalar , Thondaimandala Saiva Vellalar , Thuluva Vellalar , Vadadhalai Vellalar , Vadakku vadi Vellalar , Vayakkadu Vellalar , Veerakodi Vellalar , Velar , Vepathoor Vellalar ,Vetrilaikara Vellalar
They, otherwise use the caste title Pillai if they do not use Mudaliar title.
Vellala Mudaliars are distributed throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. However, they form a significant proportion of population in the districts of Thondaimandalam. Vellala Mudaliars also form a sizeable population in the central and southern districts of Tamil Nadu.
Famous Vellala Mudaliars
- Thirunavukkarusu Nayanar
- Kotpuli Nayanar
- Ilayankudi maranar
- Manakkanychaara Nayanar
- Viralminda Nayanar
- Andhaka Kavi Vira Raghava Mudaliar: A great poet of the 16th century
Kings & Lords
- Vallal Sadaiyappa Mudaliar: A landlord and patron of Tamil Poet Kambar who created Kamba Ramayanam.
- Sekkizhar:Minister in chola dynasty and author of Periapuranam
- Ambi Aramvalartha Mudaliar: Reputed minister during the reign of Krishnadevaraya
- Ariyanatha Mudaliar: Vellala Dalavoy of the Vijayanagar viceroy Viswanatha Nayaka.
- V. Kalyanasundaram: Famous Writer also known as Thiru.Vi.Ka.
- Dr.M. Varadarasan: Novelist and writer also known as Mu Va
- Pachaiyappa Mudaliar: Founder, Philanthropist, Pachaiappan Institutions, Chennai.
- M. Bhakthavatchalam: Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu & Congress Leader.
- P. Shanmugam: Former Chief Minister of Pondicherry State and present State Congress Chief.
- O. V. Alagesan: Former Union Minister of India.
- V R Nedunchezhiyan: Former Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu and Former Intermin Chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
- C. Natesa Mudaliar: He is regarded as the father of Dravidian movement. He along with Sh Pitti Theagarayar and Dr T M . Nair started "the South Indian Welfare Society " which later became Justice party 
- K Anbazhagan: Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK Leader.
- Sir P T Rajan: Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Leader Justice Party.
- PTR Palanivel Rajan: Formerly Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly,Endowment Minister.
- A. C. Shanmugam:Founder New Justice Party, Ex. M.L.A., M.P.
- Jayanthi Natarajan:Former MP from Indian National Congress party
- Ponnambalam Ramanathan: A former Solicitor-General and Tamil political leader in Sri Lanka.
- Ponnambalam Arunachalam: A Tamil political leader in Ceylon and a member of the Executive Council and the Legislative Council.
Founders of Educational Institutions
- A. C. Shanmugam:Founder, Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute
- V. L. Ethiraj mudaliar Founder of Ethiraj College for Women
- [isari velan mudaliar]: founder of [ vel's group of institution]
Doctors,Scientists and academicians
- Sir. A. Ramaswamy Mudaliar: Justice Party Politician, Member of Winston Churchill's war cabinet, First President of ECOSOC and Founder of WHO, Diwan of Mysore.
- Sir. A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar: First Indian Principal of the Madras Medical College, Served as Chairman-UNESCO; Vice Chancellor, University of Madras for the Longest Tenure of 27 Yrs; Chairman-W.H.O, Younger Twin Brother of Sir. A.Ramaswami Mudaliar.
Civil Service and judiciary
- S. Muthiah Mudaliar: A renowned high-court lawyer and Politician, Justice party.
Justice. S. JAGADISAN, HONOURABLE JUDGE IN THE HIGH COURT OF CHENNAI Justice. P. BHASKARAN, HONOURABLE JUDGE IN THE HIGHT COURT OF CHENNAHI Justice S. NATARAJAN, HONOURABLE JUDGE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA.
- Mithali Raj: Indian Women's Cricket Team Captain
Arts and Cine field
- Pammal Sambandha Mudaliar: Tamil playwright and Dramtist, known as "Father of Tamil Drama"
- K.S.Ravikumar: Tamil film Director and actor
- M.B.Nirmal: Social activist and founder of Exnora International Organizations
- ^ http://www.everyculture.com/South-Asia/Vellala-Orientation.html
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- ^ http://www.saivaneri.org/who_vellalars_mudaliars_gounders.htm
- ^ The Tamils Eighteen Hundred Years Ago - Page 113 by V. Kanakasabhai - Tamil (Indic people) - 1904 - 240 pages
- ^ http://www.indianstampghar.com/?p=657
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