he would be blessed by living 100 years. Everyone laughed, but look, he was right.” said Phillips.
Reluctantly, Manglen agreed to share with the Tribune Herald’s readers something about his long and productive innings.
Between 1933 and 1946, he said, he worked as an architectural draughtsman for M Ramen & Company in Durban. Then in 1946, he started his own business, Manglen’s Drawing Office and Maxwell Building Construction in the-then Hoosen’s Building (now Rajab Building) in Queen Street.
Among the buildings he designed were the Vijay Cinema in Asherville, the Rani Theatre in Clairwood and the Clairwood Tamil Institute.
Jacob’s Temple, Saraswathi Villa. Andhra Hall in Clairwood, various state-aided Indian schools, ship, plane and bus designs, private houses, the Magazine Barracks Temple in Unit 3, Chatsworth, and the hangars at Virginia airport all flowed from his ever-busy draughtsman’s pen.
But he was not only a skilled draughtsman. At a young age, Manglen learnt to play the sitar, violin, harmonium and other instruments. He formed the Young Men’s Band in Clairwood, and later the Odeon Band together with Shunmugam Peters.
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