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Thursday, December 11, 2014

remembering Bharathiyar ~ photos of Ninaivu Illam at Triplicane

Today - 11th   Dec marks the birth anniversary of Desiya Kavi Subrahmanya Barathiyar, undoubtedly the icon of Tamil pride.  Today marks his 132nd birthday.   Named as Subbayya, his parents were  Chinnasami Subramanya Iyer and Lakhsmiammaal.

The greatest of modern poets who acclaimed that ‘writing poems is his profession’ – but lived the life of fighting for independence.    A great poet, prolific writer, positive thinker, man with progressive ideals, great visionary, genius ~ man who thought much ahead of his times, the National poet lived only for 39 years. 

From a very young age he learnt music and at 11th, he learnt songs; he was conferred the title of "Bharathi" (one blessed by Saraswati, the goddess of learning). It is our great fortune that he lived for a short while in Thulasinga Perumal Kovil Street [TP Koil St] near Sri Azhagiya Singar sannathi vasal -  Sri Peyalwar Koil Street intersection.

I have memories of the old house that existed – then in late 1970s, it was sold to a Private person – was named ‘Sancheti Bhavan’ – [in fact Triplicane branch of Bank of Madura functioned there] – in 1993 the Tamilnadu Government took over converted it to ‘Bharathiyar Memorial’ ~ the renovated façade resembles the older one.

Remembering the Great poet and paying reverence to him ~ here are 3 photos - the olden, the middle and the latest below :

A proud Triplicane resident – S. Sampathkumar.

11th Dec 2014.

the above 2 photos are remade from the photos at the memorial

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