Guru Sundaram, also known as Railways Sundaram was one of the principal disciples of Guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer, who introduced the Melattru style in Bharatanatyam. Sri M. Sundaram was instrumental in teaching Bharatnatyam to children from the middle class families located in the North Chennai through his dance school, SRIDEVI NATYA KALA MANDALI which was headquartered in Perambur. He was a dedicated dance who trained scores of students in his locality and neighborhood during the 70’s and 80’s . He died on May 30, 1988.
Guru Sundaram was the first Guru of Sheela Unnikrishnan who sowed the seed of dance in her 1981 . It was in dedication and care that helped Sheela shape up as a sincere student and a honest teacher.