Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

           Poet Bharathidasan

About Bharathidasan

A twentieth century Tamil poet, Bharathidasan (Tamil: பாரதிதாசன்) was born in Puducherry (earlier Pondicherry) as Subburathinam. He was deeply influenced by the Tamil poet and freedom fighter, Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi, who mentored him and hence named himself Bharathidasan. A participant in the Indian independence movement, he opposed the British and the French. He was imprisoned for voicing his views against the French Government that was ruling Pondicherry at that time. A poet in his own right, writing mostly on socio-political issues like caste, women's liberation and rationalism, Bharathidasan was one of the key figures in the Dravidian rationalist movement. He was called 'Puratchi Kavingyar' by the great rationalist leader and social reformer, Periyar E V Ramaswami.

He remained a prolific writer and poet till he died in 1964. He was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award posthumously.

One among his famous lines is 'அறிவை விரிவு செய், அகண்டமாக்கு', 'Arivai virivu sei, agandamakku' meaning "Expand Knowledge – make it universal".

பாவேந்தர் பாரதிதாசன் 125ஆவது பிறந்தநாள் விழா இணையதளம்

A Website to mark the 125th Birth Anniversary of Pavender Bharathidasan