Born in Ettayapuram of Tirunelveli district (present day Thoothukudi) in 1882, Mahakavi Bharathiar’s influence on Tamil literature is phenomenal. Though he was proficient in around 14, including 3 non-Indian foreign languages, his favorite language was Tamil. Bharathi is considered one of the pioneers of modern Tamil literature.
He used simple words and rhythms, unlike his previous century works in Tamil, which had complex vocabulary. Bharathi's poetry expressed a progressive, reformist ideal. His imagery and the vigour of his verse were a forerunner to modern Tamil poetry in different aspects. He had a prodigious output penning thousands of verses on diverse topics like Indian Nationalism, love songs, children's songs, songs of nature, glory of the Tamil language, and odes to prominent freedom fighters of India like Tilak, Gandhi and Lajpat Rai. His poetry not only includes works on Hindu deities like Shakti, Kali, Vinayagar, Murugan, Sivan, Kannan(Krishna), but also on other religious gods like Allah and Jesus. His insightful similes have been read by millions of Tamil readers.
Prerequisite : Basic music knowledge/Geethams
No. of Sessions: 8 (1hr)
Class Size : Group of max 10 students
Content : Popular songs like Bharata samudhayam, Sentamil Nadu ennanum, Odi vilayadu papa, Ujiazhi nitiya kaliyani, Thedi unnai charan aditen, Aasai mugam maranthu pochey, Theeratha vilayathu Pillai, Omsakthi, Kilippattu Thiruvaavai pannita, Vellai Tamarai Poo will be taught.
Note: The above list of songs is subject to modifications depending on the student’s abilities and preferences.