Subramanya Bharathiyar

I too am a great fan of Bharathi, though haven’t done enough reading to merit a place in his pedigree fans list. But whatever I have read was enough to inspire me.

His insightful views, which would stand the test of reason, came effortlessly to him and it could only be attributed to his poetic vision. His repertoire covered such wide ranging topics as mythology, vedas, philosophy, economics, sociology etc.

He was a passionate soul and chose powerful words to express himself. In his works you’ll often find strong words like Shakthi, Devil, Coward, spit, crush/stamp on it etc. e.g. ” Badhagam seibavarai kandal, bhayam kollal aagathu papa, Modhi midhithu vidu papa, avar mugathil umizhndhu vidu papa”. Contrast it with the usual advice ” Dhushtanai kandal dhoora vilagu”!

Despite all his pleadings to Shakthi, he occasionally betrayed his agnosticism and he complained about it to Shakthi Herself! He was a greatly disturbed soul, despite being highly evolved and was not at peace with himself. He was seldom tranquil.

It was heart rending to see his manuscripts (in his Pondy house) making calculations to raise money publishing his poems towards end of his life when he was forced to align himself with the commercial world. He never lived to see that happen. Ganja remained his constant remedy for hunger.

He achieved so much in such a short duration. But that’s a long list: Adi Shankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Vivekananda, Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Vanchinathan, Srinivasa Ramanujam and so on.


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