In 1914 he joined Madurai American college to head the Department of Indian languages. He worked in the Department of Tamil for 37 years. Notable students who studied under him include: Shankaraiah (freedom fighter and Marxist Communist Tamil Nadu state secretary), V. Thillainayagam (Director of Tamil Nadu Public Library department), Krishnammal Jeganathan (land reformation fighter) and K. Lakshmikanthan Bharathi (government secretary).
In 1916 he started "Parimelazhaghar Kazhagam" for research in Thirukkural.
In 1924 he released his first book Nallisai pulavargal, which is included in Chennai, Annamalai, Trivancore and Mysore universities.
In 1946 he became a member in the Chennai government employment corporation
He headed the Chennai University curriculum group.