The South India Saiva Siddhanta Publishing Society
The South India Saiva Siddhanta Publishing Society Tinnevely Ltd.was founded in the year 1920. Started functioning from Tirunelveli. Later the publishing house started its parallel operation from Madras also. Late Thiru. V. Thiruvarangam Pillai ,Padma Shri Late Thiru . Subbiah Pillai and Nellai Tamil Saivites formed this company to publish books on Tamil and Saiva Samayam.
Thiru. V. Thiruvarangam Pillai
Thiru. V. Thiruvarangam Pillai had good contact with Maraimalai Adigal who was a great saivite lecturer. Maraimalai Adigal was an English professor at Madras Christian College, Tambaram. Thiru V. Thiruvarangam Pillai published so many rare tamil books and he held so many conferences (Manaadu) and all those lectures were also brought into book form. His has contributed very much to the Tamil book world. He is the one who took immense interest and brought into book form by publishing all the lectures disclosed by Maraimalai Adigal, at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Padma Shri Thiru . Subbiah Pillai
Following the death of Thiruvarangam Pillai in the year 1944 , Subbiah Pillai took over the administration as Managing Director of this company until 1983. The South India Saiva Siddhanta Publishing Society Tinnevely Ltd., formed a library called Maraimalai adigal Library at Linghi Street, Madras George Town area. He took great interest in forming this library. Thiru. R. Muthukumaraswamy was the Librarian in-charge. Thiru V. Kalyana Sundaram who was the General Manager of The South India Saiva Siddhanta Publishing Society Tinnevely Ltd., has contributed much to the Tamil book industry. He who coined the name Pavazha Vizha in Tamil for 75th Birthday celebration.
In 1969, Thiru V. Subbiah Pillai for Literature & Education Service was honoured by the Indian Government with Padma Shri. He was keen in translating in pure tamil, the same was named as Thamarai Chelvar and he was called as Thamarai Chelvar V. Subbiah Pillai.
A revolution in resolution. After the demise of Padma Shri V.Subbiah Pillai R.Muthukumaraswamy took charge as MD of Kazhagam. He was the conference secretary of the 5th International Tamil Conference which was held at Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai under the able leadership of then Chief Minister Dr.MGR and he was the souvenir committee member of the 2nd International Tamil Conference which was held at Madras which was conducted by our then Chief Minister Thiru. C.N. Annadurai. Thiru R.Muthukumaraswamy was the President of BAPASI, The Booksellers' & Publishers' Association of South India Chennai Book Fair in the year 2004 – 2005. Treasurer – International Association of Tamil Research. (The association which conducts World Tamil Conference every 4 years).... The company has published books on Tamil Sangam Literature, Kazhaga Tamil Agarathi, Kazhaga Tamil - English Dictionary, Kazhaga English - Tamil Dictionary, Thirumanthiram with Ramanatha Pulavar Prose, Thiruvasagam with Ramanatha Pulavar Prose, etc. Works by Devaneya Pavanar and M. S. Purnalingam Pillai have also been published through this publishing house. The most famous title of this publishing house is Thirukkural Thelivurai written by a great Tamil Scholar Mu. Varadarasanar.
The Kazhagam is now entering 100th year of celebration.
In the year 1969, Thamarai Chelvar V. Subbiah Pillai for his contribution towards Tamil Literature & Education Service was honoured by the Indian Government with Padma Shri Awards (1960–1969). In the year 2004,Dr. R. Muthukumaraswamy for his contribution towards Tamil Literature & Education Service was honoured by the Tamilnadu Government with Thiruvalluvar Award.