It gets truly enchanting as well as you feel the divine essence whenever you hear the songs written by this extraordinary 20th-century polymath of South India, Master Subramania Bharati, widely known and respected as Maha Kavi Bharatiyar. He’s a Polyglot, Poet, Journalist and Indian Freedom Fighter, hails from Ettayapuram of Tirunelveli district, present-day ‘Thoothukudi’ of Tamil Nadu. He’s well versed in 14 languages including Sanskrit, Hindi, and Telugu along with 3 foreign languages: English, French, and Arabic. His attire resembled the entire culture of the Indian Subcontinent.
His writings are mostly in Tamil, which comprised of extraordinary descriptions of God’s creation, love, enchantment, magic, devotion, and patriotism. Some of his famous writings were used in Tamil Cinema and the common song one must have come across must be Shiva Sakhi and Suttum Vizhi Chudar Daan. His poems are mostly composed in Blank Verse where they have a meter but they are freely written without a rhyme. In English, a blank verse is mostly composed in Iambic Pentameter.
He considered Swami Vivekananda’s Disciple Sister Nivedita as his spiritual teacher, from there he ventured deeply into Eastern Thought. Then he brought the ideal of New Woman Shiva Sakhi, where in the future women be empowered with exuberant knowledge and valor that they become a helpmate in bringing the New Earth, an enlightened planet without dogma and ignorance. He worked as a journalist for many newspapers including The Hindu during 1900s. He also composed songs on enlightenment, God-Within, as well as he penned poems on Russian and French Revolutions. In the same way, that social media is imposing censorship on freedom of speech, the British did try to censor his expression, that Bharatiyar moved to Pondicherry which was under French rule in order to continue his writings, to a couple of weeklies, India and Vijaya. He also translated The Bhagavad-Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, and Many Vedic Hymns into Tamil.