Kanagasabai Subburathnam (29 April 1891–21 April 1964) popularly known as Bharathidasan, was a 20th-century Tamil poet and writer rationalist whose literary works handled mostly socio-political issues. He was deeply influenced by the Tamil poet Subramania Bharati and named himself as Bharathidasan. His writings served as a catalyst for the growth of the Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu. 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 Mother Tamil, written by Bharathidasan as the state song of Puducherry.(Tamil Thai Valthu (Puducherry))
List of poems made into film lyrics
- Thamizhukum Amudenru per
- Sanke Muzhangu
- Thunbam nergaiyil
- Thesa gnanam
- Neelavana aadaikul
- Valiyor silar
- Muzhumai Nila
- Kalyanam aagatha penae
- Kandavudal kadal
- Vaanukku nilavu
- Paazhai pona manam
- Vaana mazhai neeye
- Avalum Naanum Amudhum Thamizhum
Awards and recognitions
- Bharathidasan was conferred with the title of "Puratchi Kavingyar" (meaning the "Revolutionary Poet") by C. N. Annadurai. 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.He died in 1964 but he got this award after he died (1970)
- On 9 October 2001, a commemorative stamp of Bharathidasan was released by the Postal Department in Chennai.
Bharathidasan on a 2001 stamp of India
Tamil Nadu's state government gives the Bharathidasan Award annually to a Tamil poet.
The Government of Puducherry union territory has adopted Bharathidasan's song of Invocation to Mother Tamil as the state song of Puducherry.
A state university named Bharathidasan University was established in Tiruchirappalli.
Bharathidasan institute of management, one of India's top B-schools, was established in Tiruchirappalli.