Quoted or better known as Mahakavi by our community - the story of a great Indian freedom fighter who was born 141 years back on this day is remembered as a pivotal moment in the history of Tamil literature and the Indian independence movement.

What would be a better way to remember the exceptional poet, journalist as well as freedom fighter on his birth anniversary?

“The pen was mighter than the sword” is the fittest proverb for this Indian freedom fighter.

Born as Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi, this literary luminary embarked on his poetic journey at the tender age of 7, showcasing prodigious talent. Recognized for his power-packed and euphoric poems, Bharathi earned the title "Bharati" at the age of 11 in the Ettayapuram Maharajah’s court.

Commencing his career as the co-editor of the "Swadesamitran" newspaper in 1904, Bharathiyar emerged not only as a revered poet and freedom fighter but also a prominent social reformer. His advocacy against the caste system and unwavering stance on women's issues showcased a visionary perspective. Influenced by Sister Nivedita, a disciple of Vivekananda, Bharathi dedicated some of his works to her, reflecting his commitment to women's upliftment.

Despite his early poems revolving around the anguish of foreign rule and nationalist fervour, Bharathi's vision of nationalism was inclusive, secular, and against casteism and sexism. Fluent in multiple languages, including Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit, English, and French, he addressed societal divides through his prolific writing.

Publishing his works faced challenges under British rule, leading to a life of poverty. His writing spanned diverse topics, from nationalist themes to social reforms, contributing significantly to the expansion of the Tamil language. Bharathi's exile marked a reflective phase, delving into existential queries and earning him the title "Mahakavi" or 'Great Poet.'

Yet, Mahakavi’s love for Tamil stands out when he says ‘யாமறிந்த மொழிகளிலே தமிழ்மொழி போல் இனிதாவது எங்கும் காணோம் – meaning there’s no language as sweet and beautiful as Tamil language.

Noteworthy works like "Panchali sapatham" (1912), "Kuyil pāṭṭu" (1912), and "Kaṇṇan pāṭṭu" (1917) showcased his versatility. Despite living in poverty and facing personal hardships, Bharathi's love for Tamil remained unwavering.

There’s no denying that - his profound impact on Tamil literature and society persists, making him the first Tamil poet whose works were nationalized, ensuring his legacy endures in the hearts and minds of generations.

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