The Sunday Leader

A never ending search

By Easwaran Rutnam


She was just a one-year-old when he left but today Durga Keshav is still continuing a campaign to locate her father who she believes is either in Sri Lanka or Australia.

Durga Keshav told this journalist that Kanagasundaram Somasundaram left her family in Singapore and came to Sri Lanka in 1991 but never returned.

Keshav said that her father left Singapore following a workplace accident in which one of his fingertips was injured.

She says her mother had posted newspaper advertisements in Sri Lanka through a Singaporean lawyer looking for her father from the time he left to the year 2000 but there was no luck.

“I don’t mind trying it again. Currently, after many years, this is the first time I’m trying on my own to find him. I really don’t know where he could be. Most probably Sri Lanka or Australia,” she said.

She also published a post on her Facebook which was republished in the Singaporean media last week.

“I am searching for my biological Father, Kanagasundaram Somasundaram (Age 60). He left us 27 years ago – my mom (Vimala) and me when I was 1+years old. After a workplace injury that cut off one of his fingertips, he left to Sri Lanka in 1991. Since then he has not returned to Singapore. I’m looking for my father so that my mum and I have some closure to some of the questions that has been pondering us. My mum is still not married or attached to anyone as she still respects my father as her husband,” the Facebook post reads.

Kanagasundaram Somasundaram, who is 60 years old, was born in Point Pedro, Jaffna and is a Sri Lankan Tamil.

Somasundaram has two younger siblings, a brother and sister and is a resident of Pandivirichchan near the Madhu Church.

“My father was a teacher who taught Arts in Sri Lanka and India before he came to Singapore to work as a carpenter. I have a couple of documents as proof of his birth, village certificate, registry of marriage certificate, special pass entry document. The last information that we knew about him was that in 1994-1995 he had left to either Canada or Australia with his new family (not sure of the authenticity of the info),” Durga Keshav said.

Durga Keshav says she is not looking to get anything from her father other than just find him and get closure.

She says anyone who has any information about her father can email her on

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