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Aruna Rai
By: HK Hejamady,
New auditorium in Padubidri in the name of former test cricketer Late GR Sundaram
Padubidri, Jan. 4th, 2016: A huge auditorium is being built near BSNL office in memory of Padubidri's only test cricketer to represent India, Late GR Sundaram, near his residence.  Mr. Sundaram's daughter Sujatha Ravindra Suvarna and her husband Ravindra Raju Suvarna have come forward to build the auditorium in his name to make his memory everlasting.
With a seating capacity around 1000, the auditorium is expected to be inaugurated by the second week of Februay in the presence of prominent dignitories.  Sparing the house where Mr. Sundaram spent his childhood, the auditorium is built in a spacious land next to it providing ample parking space for vehicles.  It is situated behind BSNL office, a few minutes walk from Padubidri bus stand, after passing the market and Padubidri Police station.  Being built at an estimated cost of Rupees one crore, it will be an ideal auditorium for marriage and other ceremonies.

The religious ceremony during foundation stone laying was performed already by Raja Purohit PL Ramakrishna Acharya.  As announced by Chintamani Suvarna and Karishma Desai, Vishwanath HB has designed the auditoriuim. Vishwanath N. Gujaran has been awarded the contract and Jayaram Padubidri has been managing the work.
Sundaram was a right arm medium pacer, played in the third and fourth Tests of the 1955-56 home series against the Kiwis and took three wickets, after opening the bowling, including a personal best of 2-48 in his last appearance.

Sundaram was a renowned cricket player and a trainer with the Karnataka Sports Association. 

People of Padubidri had seen him a number of times at Padubidri board school grounds and also he was one of the chief guests during the first-ever day and night cricket tournament held back in 1990 by Padubidri cricketers.

He passed away on June 10th, 2010, at the age of 76, after a brief period of illness.
Padubidri's first-ever day and night cricket tournament in 1990