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The Tondiman Dynasty

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1886 - 1928 H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Sir Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai, GCIE (1.1.1913). b. at Pudukkottai, 27th November 1875, third son of M.R.Ry. Kolandaswami Pallavarayar Sahib Avargal, by his wife, Mathusri Raja Srimathi Rani Brihadambal Rajammani Bayi Sahib Avargal, eldest daughter and heiress of H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Ramachandra Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai, educ. privately. Adopted by his maternal grandfather and invested as Heir Apparent with the title of Sri Rajkumar Martanda Bhairava Tondaiman Bahadur, 2nd March 1877 (recognised by the Government of India 15th January 1878). Succeeded on the death of his adopted father, 15th April 1886. Installed on the gadi, at the Tiruchirapalli Palace, Pudukkottai, 8th July 1886. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers by the Governor of Madras, Lord Wenlock, in person at the Tiruchirapalli Palace, Pudukkottai, 27th November 1894. Attended the Coronation Durbar at Delhi in 1903 and the Coronation of the King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Westminster Abbey in London in 1911. He lived abroad for several months in the year due to ill health, before deciding to live outside India on a permanent basis in October 1922. Appointed his eldest brother, Rajkumar Vijaya Raghunath Pallavarayar Dorai Raja, as the Regent of the state during his absence. Settled in France. Rcvd: Delhi Durbar (1903 and 1911), and Coron (1911) gold medals. m. at Registrar General’s Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10th August 1915 (morganatic), Esmé Mary Sorrett (Mol) [Rani Tondaiman] (b. at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 15th September 1894; d. at Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France, 20th November 1967, bur. Golders Green Cemetery, London), educ. Lauriston Girls’ Sch, Melbourne, never formally recognised as an official wife or accorded the usual styles and titles of that status by the British authorities, youngest daughter of Wolfe Fink, Esq. of “Windella”, Malvern, Melbourne, Australia, by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Hamilton Watt, of co Wicklow, Ireland. He d. suddenly at the American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 28th May 1928, having had issue, an only son:
  • 1) M.R.Ry. Sri Rajkumar Martanda Sydney Tondaiman Bahadur [Martanda Pudukota]. b. at “St Mervyns” Sydney, Australia, 22nd July 1916, educ. Institut Le Rosey, Rolle, Vaud, Switzerland, and Clare Coll, Cambridge. Excluded from the succession by the GOI, his mother being a lady not conforming to the requirements of Hindu custom. He became a US citizen, 1st September 1943. Later deprived of his citizenship and deported on suspicion of embezzlement or spying for the enemy! Rcvd: Coron (1967), 25th Anniversay (1971), and Persepolis (1971) medals of Iran. m. in the USA, 1943 (div. shortly afterwards) Andree Marie Antoinette Schmidt Pudukota (b. 1st November 1915; d. at La Marque, Galveston, Texas, USA, 11th January 2008). He d.s.p. from heart failure, at the Hotel de la Ville, Florence, Italy, 20th January 1984 (bur. Golders Green Cemetery, London).
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1928 - [1997] H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Sri Rajagopala Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai. b. at Pudukkottai, 23rd June 1922, eldest son of M.R.Ry. Sri Rajkumar Ramachandra Tondaiman Sahib Avargal, by his second wife, Mathusri Raja Srimathi Rani Janaki Ayi Sahib Avargal, educ. privately. Succeeded on the death of his kinsman under a special decree of the Government of India, 24th October 1928. Installed on the gadi, at Pudukkottai, 19th November 1928. Reigned under the regency of Rajkumar Vijaya Raghunath Dorai Raja until 31st February 1929, then under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers at Pudukkottai on 17th January 1944. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, August 1947. Merged his state into the Madras Presidency, 3rd March 1948 (when he ceased enjoying sovereign powers). He subsequently donated most of his palaces and properties in Pudukkottai for public use and settled at Pudukkotttai Palace in Trichinopoly. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Presdt Tamil Nadu Cricket Assoc (TNCA), Pudukottai Recreation Club (PRC), Kodaikanal Boat & Rowing Club, etc. Rcvd: Silver Jubilee (1935), Coron (1937) and Indian Independence (1948) medals. He d.s.p. unm. at Madras, 16th January 1997, having adopted his paternal nephew as his son and successor:
  • 1) H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Rajagopala Tondaiman Bahadur, Raja of Pudukkottai – see below.
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[1997] H.H. Raja Sri Brahdamba Dasa Raja Rajagopala Ramachandra Tondaiman Bahadur [R. Rajagopala Tondaiman], Raja of Pudukkottai. b. 6th September 1957, son of M.R.Ry. Sri Rajkumar Radakrishna Tondaiman Sahib Avargal, by his wife, Mathusri Raja Srimathi Rani Rema Devi Rajammani Bayi Sahib Avargal, educ. Little Kings Sch, Calicut, St John’s Vestry Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary Sch, Trichinopoly, and Jamal Mohamed Coll, Univ of Madras. Adopted by his paternal uncle and given the additional name of Ramachandra. Succeeded on the death of his paternal uncle and adopted father as Head of the Royal House of Pudukkottai, 16th January 1997. Joint Convenor Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom. Presdt Pudukottai Recreation Club (PRC). Vice-Presdt Tamil Nadu Shooting Assoc (TNSA) since 2008. Mbr National Rifle Assoc of India. m. at Trichinopoly, January 1984, H.H. Srimathi Rani Sarubala Rajammani Ayi Sahib Avargal [Tmt Sarubala R. Tondaiman] (b. 7th October 1958), educ. (MA, MPhil), Mayor of Tiruchirappalli (Trichinopoly), Presdt Tiruchirappalli Urban Dist Congress Party, Sec Pudukkottai Mannar Educational & Charitable Trust, Mannar Arts & Science Coll (Tiruchi), and ACME Matriculation Sch (Tiruchi), Joint Convenor Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom, Mbr Tamil Manila Congress, only daughter of Sri Subramaniam, sometime Superintending Engineer of the Tamil Nadu Highways Dept, by his wife, Tmt Saroja, daughter of Sri Baskara Tondaiman, sometime Sec to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He has issue, one son and one daughter:
  • 1) M.R.Ry. Sri Rajkumar Prithviraj Tondaiman Bahadur [R. Prithviraj Tondaiman]. b. at Trichinopoly, 6th June 1987, educ. Campion AIHSS, Trichinopoly, Loyola Coll, Madras Inst of Technology, Chrompet (B.Eng.), and IESEG Sch of Management, Chennai, and the Catholic Univ, Lille, France. Trap shooting champion. Mbr National Rifle Assoc of India, Tamil Nadu Shooting Assoc, Pudukottai Recreation Club, etc.
  • 1) Srimathi Rajkumari Radha Niranjani Devi Rajammani Bayi Sahib Avargal. b. at Trichinopoly, 1989, educ. St Joseph’s Convent Sch, Devangere, Stella Maris Coll, Chennai, and James Cook Univ, Singapore. Employed with Marcus Evans in Singapore.
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