Rettamalai Srinivasan was born on 7th July 1859 in the Village Kozhiyalam, Maduranthagam Taluk, Kancheepuram District. His Father name is Rettamalai. He married Renganaayaki in the year 1887. He came to Chennai on 1890.
He indulged himself in sorting out the ways for liberating people from casteism. He worked tirelessly for the welfare of Adi Dravidar people throughout his life time. He redeemed Panjami Lands and facilitated for getting House Pattas, Agricultural lands and Education for children in 1894. In the year 1895, British Official Viceroy Lord Elsin Visited Chennai, Rettamalai Srinivasan met him along with the people and handovered grievance petition.
British Government honored him with Rao Sahib in the years 1926, 1930, Diwan Bahador in the year 1936. He was honored as ‘Dravida Mani’ in the year 1940 presided by Rajaji in the Presence of Thiru Vi.Ka.
Rettamalai Srinivasan breathed his last in the year 1945.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa in 9th March 2005 that a memorial will be constructed for Rettamalai Srinivasan in honour of the Service he rendered, and in his commomeration of participation in the progress of Adidravidar people.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa in 6th July 2011, announced and ordered that 7th July, the birthday of Rettamalai Srinivasan will be celebrated as Government functions is honour of his service.
A manimandapam has been established for Rettamalai Srinivasan in Gandhi Mandapam Campus in Guindy, Chennai. Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa inaugurated the memorial constructed at a cost of Rs.21 Lakhs on 7th July 2009.
The Statue of Rettamaloai Srinivasan in Gandhi Mandapam Campus, Guindy, Chennai is garlanded and paid floral tribute annually in 7th July, his birthday by the Government of Tamil Nadu.