Sri. Rajam

Late Sri. Rajam was born on 22.11.1904.  After a good academic career, he became a Chartered Accountant.  Later he along with his brother became a Partner of an Auctioneering Firm, Murray & Co. Sri. Rajam was a partner and then the sole proprietor of Murray & Co. for more than thirty five years and he was popularly known as `Murray Rajam’.

Sri. Rajam developed great interest in Tamil language from his school days. He was captivated by the beauty of the language. Late Sri. U. V. Swaminatha Iyer was his role model and Sri. Rajam often used to speak about him with great reverence. Sri. Rajam was disturbed by the fact that Tamil was not given the importance it deserved and decided to publish Tamil literature and sell them at a subsidized rate to make is accessible to the not so affluent. Sri. Rajam was encouraged and supported by several tamil scholars like Sri. Saw Ganesan, Sri. S. Vaiyapuri Pillai, Sri.Kandasami Pillai, Sri. P.N. Appuswami, Sri. T P Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Sri. A.S. Gnanasambandam, Sri. P. Sri Aacharya, Sri. M.V. Venugopal Pillai, Sri. K.V.Jagannathan, Sri.V.M. Subramanya Iyer.

In 1955, he started publishing old Tamil literature through the series of ‘Tamil Ilakkiya Selvam’. Subsequently, with the encouragement of the above said scholars, Sri. Rajam published ancient tamil books such as Mudhalayiram, Thiruvaimozhi, Eyarpaa, Periya Thirumozhi, Thiruvasagam, Silappathigaaram, Manimegalai, Kalladam, Ashtap Prabandham, Paththuppaattu, Ettuthogai, Paattum Thogaiyum, Kamba Ramayanam, Villi Baratham, Tholkappiyam. With his lofty ideals of making the books available to all sections of society, Sri. Rajam sold these books at just Re. 1, even though the cost of publication was substantially more.