Friday, October 1, 2010

Ananda Renga Pillai, Dubash, French Colony, Pondicherry

Ananda Ranga Pillai (March 30, 1709 – January 16, 1761), ஆனந்தரங்கம் பிள்ளை was a dubash in the service of the French East India Company.

Famous for his set of private diaries from the years 1736 to 1761 which portray life in 18th century India.

Had his
own ship Anandappuravi ஆனந்தப் புரவி on high seas.
Was born in Madras in a well-to-do Vellalar family.

Ananda Ranga Pillai was born to Tiruvengada Pillai @ Perambur.
Also Stories of Tiruvengada Pillai, Nainiya Pillai, Guruva Pillai.

Till his death, Guruva Pillai had functioned as the chief dubash of Pondicherry.

Suburban villages of Pondicherry were leased for 5 years to Kumara Pillai, Chandramadi Pillai, and Ella Pillai....

Tyagaraja Desikar wrote Ananda Rangan Kovai, a poem of 400 lines in praise of Ananda Ranga Pillai
சிவன் கோவில் காத்த திருமகன்  Regarding Destruction of Vedapuriswaran Temple

From the Private Diary of Ananda Ranga Pillai, it can be confirmed that Madame Dupleix indulged in religious persecution against local Hindus. Few extracts from his dairy confirm this.

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