Wednesday, April 30, 2014

70 Years - Dato Jegathesan Jagadeesan Jegasothy

Dato Jegathesan
On the 3rd of May 1944, in Selangor, Malaysia, Jegathesan Jegasothy came into this world, the 2nd child and 1st son of   Mr Jegasothy & Mrs Sellamah Nagalingam.

Known by many names, Brother/Dato/Uncle Jega, Appu, Papa, Jegathesan, Jagadeesan they all refer to the ONE who has had such a profound impact on the lives of many both in Malaysia and around the world, both in public, private and spiritual circles.

This is not meant to be a full biography, but attempts to distill a number of significant events in the life of Dato Jega about whom this blog is about. The purpose of this blog, put together by his children is to try and bring all the writing and videos about Dato Jega that exist across the net into one place.

Growing up with 3 sisters and a brother, the 5 'Pandavas' had a wonderful time together, and this has carried on through the years and the connections between the 5 remain as strong today as it was all those years ago.

His mother, Sellamah was a remarkable woman who brought up the Pandavas almost by herself (with help of close family) as she lost her husband in 1951, when Dato Jega was but 7 years old.

With Mother Sellamah Jegasothy
Dato Jega attended Victoria Institution, one of the top Schools in KL at the time and distinguished himself in many areas, in drama in particular, going on to be recognised as one of the 2 or 3 finest actors of his generation alongside the likes of Bosco D'Cruz,  Leslie Dawson and Faridah Merican.

Spurning chances to continue his education in his chosen field of Law overseas to allow him to stay in Bangsar with his mother, Dato Jega went on to do Economics at University Malaya, a move that would see him later shape the economic growth of Malaysia in the 70's and 80's.

Blessed with 2 Shakthi's in his life, Dato Jega first married Shanti, who was recalled to the Lord early, and is now married to Lalitha.

In Sai Baba, he found a divine father who would guide all the actions in his life, and providing the foundations of the Sathya Sai Baba organisation in Malaysia whose selfless service have enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands across the years.

His older children, Jegatheva and Anasuya were born in 1973 and 1974, with Sai Bhanu and Jegan coming in 1979 & 1981
Thaipusam with Theva & Anasu
Jegan's Birthday after Tuesday Bhajans
Daddy's girl Sai Bhanu

Then came Mirae with Radheya and Rahul, the next generation.

But always, always remember.... WHO DA MAN!

Dato Jegathesan...
The Father, The Son, The Family Man, The Friend, The Mentor --- THE MAN FOR ALL SEASONS!

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