The people’s poet

2016-09-08 06:00

THE Verulam Cultural Co-ordinating Committee will celebrate the life’s works of the Great Maha Kavi Bharathiar also known as the people’s poet.

Maha Kavi Bharathiar was born on the frontier of two eras - the feudal order was in full force in his homeland.

Ettayapuram had a palace surrounded by huts. Age old castes were still in power.

Maha Kavi Bharathiar was a Brahmin by birth, but side by side with feudalism and Sanathanic order of society, modernism was peeping in.

Industrial revolution was dawning, the old order met the new with sorrowful eyes, and there was a challenge in the look of the new era.

Bharati was born during this period and no one could have imagined that he will become a warrior in the duel between the old order and the new.

He was born in an era were arrogance and humility, cruelty and kindness marched together, where there was energy in abundance and absurd contemplation strong enough to dissipate the energy.

He was born in a land of some dazzling ideas and millions of mute people, a land where there was apoplexy at the centre and anaemia at the extremes, a land of courage as well as fear, the Land of faith as well as despair.

The booming of the gun became familiar to the ears of the people and the age long Temple Drum was not silent in such a land of paradoxes and perplexities. Baharathi’s claim to greatness rests chiefly on this: he gave the push as the people’s poet.

Maha Kavi Bharathiar was not merely the bard of nationalisation. He was certainly the morning star of reformation only because he was the people’s Poet.

He wanted to free his countrymen from all shackles, wanted them to rise up in the estimation of the world, wanted to see a new land peopled by men and women of a brand-new type altogether. He found the people enveloped in fear.

They were afraid of anything and everything.

Not only did they fear the foreigner and the gun, but their own countrymen.

Such people cannot become the stand of bearers of freedom and a land peopled by such nature. Hence, Bharati wanted to drive the fear out of his countrymen.

He knew very well that this was the era of democracy and he wanted people to fight for freedom. He did not deliver mere devotional hymns or send poetic appeals to the princes of the land, he addressed the common man, women and children.

As the people’s poet it was his duty to unmask negativity and hypocrisy wherever it was found, and he accomplished that with courage and enthusiasm.

Join the Verulam Cultural Co-ordinating Committee for songs in praise and discourses on Maha Kavi Bharathiar on Sunday 11 September at 7.45am for 8am at the Centenary Hall, 6 Temple Road, Umdloti Drift, Verulam.

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