Man­glen Subra­mani

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD -

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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