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PERSONALITIES - Nationalist and Poet - Bharathidasan
18 Sep 2021
Subburathinam (Kanagasabai Subbu) (29 April 1891 - 21 April 1964)
later known popularly as Bharathidasan was born in a wealthy Mudaliar
family in Pondicherry.
He received formal instruction in Tamil grammar, literary classics and
Shaiva Siddhantham and excelled in his studies through school and
college. Endowed with an early gift for writing poetry, Subburathinam
came into contact with the legendary Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi
(1882-1921), freedom fighter who was in exile in Pondicherry for a
decade (1908-1918). As a mark of his deep admiration for Bharathi and
his work, the young poet took the name of Bharathidasan (Bharathi's
Source: Remembering Bharathidasan: Prolific poet and Dravidian politics' rhetorical memory by Kalyan Raman N, thenewsminute.com
Bharathidasan has penned lyrics for several Tamil film songs and has also written the story, script and songs for films.
The song Vazhvinil Semmaiyai Seibaval Neeye written by Bharathidasan and
set to tune by L.Krishnan in 1991 is the state song of the UT
The song was originally written by Bharathidasan for the Ilakiya Mandram
that he had established as a meeting point for poets, litterateurs and
In 1971, the song was chosen as the 'Thamizh Thaai Vaazhthu' for Pondicherry during the tenure of M.O.H.Farooq Maraickar as CM.
Bharathidasan’s birthday April 29 was declared as "Tamil Poets Day" in 2015 by the then CM of Tamilnadu J.Jayalalitha.
Sources: thehindu.com ; wikipedia.org