Dharmarathnakara Rai Bahadur Arcot Narrainswamy Mudaliar
Dharmarathnakara Rai Bahadur Arcot Narrainswamy Mudaliar was born into an aristocratic family in Arcot,Tamil Nadu. But fate dealt him a cruel blow when at a very young age a fire destroyed everything his family had. Soon he lost his father too With a large family to support Narrainsawmy Mudaliar shifted to Bangalore. At the age of 22 he saw an opportunity – he become a trader, buying salt from Madras and selling it in Bangalore and buying vegetables in Bangalore and selling it in Madras. The venture was successful and he invested the money which he made up to set up a shop in the cantonment. His most illustrious client was Mysore Maharaja. Soon he diversified and become a contractor, who supervised the construction of Bangalore’s ‘ Attara Kachari’. His success in business earned him the title “Merchant Prince of Bangalore”.
He was a philanthropist who believed that “Education Empowers.” He established a free English Primary school in 1873 for the children of natives. Today 15 Educational Institutions from Primary level to Degree level are run by the RBANM’s Educational Charities. Even before Mahatama Gandhi coined the term “Harijan” Narrainsawmy Mudaliar coined the term “Tirukullathar,” meaning – People belonging to God’s Clan – and set up several schools for the welfare of the socially under privileged classes and for the Girl Child. He has also contributed in setting up the famous Lady Curzon & Bowring Hospital.