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Born Kanakasabhai Subburathnam
29 April 1891
Pondicherry, French India
(now in Puducherry, Pondicherry, India)
Died April 21, 1964(1964-04-21) (aged 72)
Madras, India
(now in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
Occupation Teacher, Tamil poet, Tamil activist
Period Pure Tamil movement
Spouse Pazhani Ammal
Children Saraswathi Kannappar,
Vasantha Dhandapany,
Ramani Sivasubramaniam

Kanakasabai Subburathinam (Tamil: பாரதிதாசன்; 29 April 1891 – 21 April 1964, popularly called Bharathidasan) was a 20th-century Tamil poet and writer rationalist whose literary works handled mostly socio-political issues. He was deeply influenced by Tamil Poet Mahakavi Subramania Bharati and named himself as Bharathidasan.[1] His writings served as a catalyst for the growth of the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu.[citation needed] In addition to poetry, his views found expression in other forms such as plays, film scripts, short stories and essays. The Government of Puducherry union territory has adopted the song of invocation to Goddess Tamil written by Bharathidasan as the state song of Puducherry.[citation needed] At later part of his life, his ideology inclined towards Tamil Nationalism after understanding that the Dravidian Nationalism was grown to outgrow and eradicate the Tamil Nationalism.

List of poems made into film lyrics[edit]

  • Thamizhukum Amudenru per[2]
  • Sanke Muzhangu
  • Thunbam nergaiyil
  • Thesa gnanam
  • Neelavana aadaikul
  • Valiyor silar
  • Muzhumai Nila
  • Chithirai
  • Pallikudam
  • Kalyanam aagatha penae
  • Kaatrilellam
  • Kandavudal kadal
  • Vaanukku nilavu
  • Paazhai pona manam [3]
  • Vaana mazhai neeye
  • Avalum Naanum Amudhum Thamizhum[4]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • Bharathidasan was conferred with the title of "Puratchi Kavingyar" (meaning the "Revolutionary Poet") by anna. He won the Golden Parrot Prize in 1946 for his play Amaithi-Oomai (Peace and Dumbness). He was given the Sahitya Academy award posthumously in 1970 for his play Pisiranthaiyar
  • On 9 October 2001, a commemorative stamp of Bharathidasan was released by the Postal Department in Chennai.[5]



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  2. ^ "P.Susheela - special songs". Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
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  4. ^ A. R. Rahman (17 June 2016). "Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes (Apple Inc.) (in Tamil). VMS Music Records & Publishing. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Indiapost

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