June 09, 2003
Vidvan Kana Nana (K.N) Velan, a former teacher at Hartley College passed away on Saturday, 7th June 2003.
His funeral has been planned for Saturday, 14 June but full details are yet to be confirmed. For those of you who may wish to visit the family or pass your message of condolences etc. before the funeral, the contact address is:
Mrs. Velan or Mrs. M. Sriskantharajah (Velan's daughter) 66, Westrow Gardens, Seven Kings, Essex, IG3 9NF Tel: 020 8590 9905.
- Harri P Harrichandiran & G.Vigneswaralingam
June 15, 2003
Vidvan K. N. Velan (aka Ratnavel)
Vidvan Velan passed away on June 7th at London.
He was a very popular teacher. The students liked him and his Tamil classes.
He was a great orator. He can keep a hundred thousand crowd spell bound. Once
when actor Sivaji was in Colombo the crowd was behaving unruly and boisterous.
He appeared on the stage and brought normalcy to the gathering.
He was a fan of Kamban and Bharati. His recital of Bharati songs is an
extraordinary experience for all the students.
He never used rough language and was kind to every body.
He was an ideal teacher as well as a great philosopher.
It is unfortunate that the Tamil community could have made use of his talent
and brought peace in the country as he had some political aspirations. He was
unsuccessful in the democratic processes.
His thesis on the Legacy of Yogar Swamy earned him an American Doctorate.
That summarises his aim in life and his transition into a metaphysical world
with interests in Hindu religious thoughts.
He leaves a vacuum in the Tamil community.
This great teacher will never leave our hearts and minds.
K. W. Baskaran (Sydney, Australia)