The Sri Visalakshi Kalasalai Higher Secondary School was founded on Thursday, the 10th of July, 1947 (a little more than a month before India gained independance), Tamil date Sarvasindhu Year Aani Month 26th day by Kalai Thanthai KARUMUTTU THIAGARAJAR CHETTIAR in memory of his wife Annai Thirumathi VISALAKSHI ACHI, whom he had just lost a few months earlier - his Taj Mahal of learning to this small hamlet Athikkadu Thekkur close to the Temple city of Madurai, in the State of TamilNadu in South India. He also founded The Bank of Madura Limited, last chaired by his late grandson, Dr. K.M.Thyagarajan who sold his stake and merged it with ICICI Bank. The New School Building was opened on 15th April, 1959 by none other than the then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru. The school was looked after by the founder's sons Karumuttu T.Sundaram Chettiar (my maternal grandfather) and Karumuttu T.Manickavasagam Chettiar and then by his grandson Manicka Ramasamy (LOYAL TEXTILE MILLS LIMITED). Thiru Karumuttu T.S.Sethu, the founder's grandson now looks after the school ably assisted by the current Head Master Mr.Asokan. On 16th February, 1997, this school celebrated its 50th year of existence - Golden Jubilee - Pon Vizha.