Remembering the Mahakavi



On December 11th, the birth anniversary of the renowned Indian poet, writer, journalist, activist and social reformer, Chinnaswami Subramania Bharathi, students and teachers came together to commemorate his life and legacy.

Mahakavi Bharathi or Bharathiyar, as he is commonly known, remains one of the greatest Tamil literary figures of all time. He penned poems and songs that still appeal to the current generation’s composers and singers. His poetry combined classical and contemporary spins on a wide variety of topics.

The Tamil students of class 10 presented two of his songs, ‘Nenjukku Neethiyum’ an exaltation of Goddess Shakthi, and ‘Oli Padaitha Kanninaai’, an appeal to the children of the nation to aspire for clarity of thought and to rise above pettiness.

Bharathiyar sang many songs on Kannamma, Lord Krishna or Kannan in a feminine form. The father-daughter duo of Mr. Sudarshan Iyer and Shravya S Iyer of class 7 presented the well-known ‘Chinnanchiru Kiliye.’ This was followed by the husband-wife duo of Mr. Sekar V. and Mrs. Shanti Sekar presenting the composition ‘Paayumoli Nee Enakku.’ Several teachers presented ‘Thunbam Illaadha Nilaye Shakti’ to a tune set by the Sounds of Isha.

The morning concluded with a dance performance by the junior school children to one of Bharathiyar’s famous songs, ‘Odi Vilayadu Paapa,’ in which he endeavours to instill a sense of inclusiveness in young children during play.