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K.A. Kasivisvanathar

(1912 – 1980) – (Tamilnadu)

K. A. Kasivisvanathar (Aged 68), also known as K.A. Kasivisvanatha Mudaliyar, was born on the 8th of March, 1912, to Arunachala Mudaliyar and Pachayappa Mudaliyar in Tiruchengode Town, located in the Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu, India. Influenced by the principles of Gandhi and Rajaji, he actively engaged in the struggle for freedom, the eradication of untouchability, and campaigns against toddy shops from a very young age. He faced arrest and a six-month imprisonment at Alipore Jail for his activism.

From 1934 to 1954, he held the position of head of the Tiruchengod Taluk Committee. During this period, he raised funds for Harijan welfare and the weavers’ community. Kasivisvanathar had the opportunity to meet prominent leaders like Gandhiji, Nehru, and Netaji. He established the Nesavalar Kooturavu Sangam in Tiruchengode and served as its chairman and secretary from 1942 to 1980. In recognition of his contributions to the welfare of Tiruchengode weavers, a weavers’ colony was named “Kasiviswanathan Nagar.”

Notably, the inauguration of the weaver’s colony was graced by Rajaji as the Chief Guest. His life came to an end on the 11th of September, 1980.