One of the three of my mentors from their heavenly aboard
Is mahakavi Bharathiyar- greatest National Patriotic
Tamil poet who takes me by his hands once I step out of my home
And brings me back my home safe and sound! yesterday was his death day.
His Dhasa’ -disciple -Bharathi Dasan paid glowing tributes:
”உய்வகை காட்டும் உயர் தமிழுக்குப்
புது நெறி காட்டிய புலவன் பாரதி”
”பைந்தமிழ்த் தேர்ப்பாகன், அவனொரு
செந்தமிழ்த் தேனீ, சிந்துக்குத் தந்தை!
குவிக்கும் கவிதைக் குயில்! இந்நாட்டினைக்
கவிழ்க்கும் பகையைக் கவிழ்க்கும் கவிமுரசு
நீடுதுயில் நீக்கப் பாடி வந்த நிலா;
காடு கமழும் கற் பூரச் சொர்கோ!
கற்பனை ஊற்றாம் கதையின் புதையல்
திறம் பாட வந்த மறவன். புதிய
அறம் பாட வந்த அறிஞன், நாட்டிற்
படரும் சாதிப் படைக்கு மருந்து!
மண்டும் மதங்கள் அண்டா நெருப்பவன்;
அயலார் எதிர்ப்புக் கணையா விளக்கவன்”
“Uyvagai kaattum uyar thamizukku
Pudhu neri kaattiya pulavan Bhaarathi”
“Painthamizth thaerppaagan, avanoru
kuvikkum kavithaik kuyil!In naattinaik
kavizkkum paghaiyaik kavizkkum kavimurasu
Needu thuyil neekkap paativandha nilaa;
kaadu kamazum kar pooras chorko!
karpanai ootraam, kadhaiyin pudhaiyal
Thiram paada vandha maravan. pudhiya
Aram paada vandha arignan, naattir
Padarum saadhip padaikku marundhu!
MaNdum madhangkaL aNdaa neruppavan;
Ayalaar ethir5pppuk kaNaiyaa viLakkavan.”
TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH
For great Tamil that lifts the man
New dimension was added by Poet Bharathi
A chareeteer for beautiful Tamil
He is a honey bee of Tamil, father of Sindhu!
He is a sweet voiced cuckoo!A great Poetic Drum
to defeat the enemies of the Nation.
He is a poetic Moon who came to rid of long sleep!
The scented camphor in the garden of poetry.
He is the treasure of writings with the stream of imagination
A great captain of Poets
A poet who came ti sing of nobility
A medicine for the ills of castes
Religions cannot divide and put out
The light among the poets!
Poets indeed are the ambassadors of peace created by God
All over the world-in all languages-mighty force made by the Lord!
Endless list of poets worth keeping in mind for eternity sure
Rumi, Yeats, Dante, Milton, Shakespeare, Shelly,Keats and all pure!
Tagore, Sarojini Naidu, Ezakiel, Aurabindo Ghosh
Tulsidas, Vemana, Ghalib,Tikkanna,Kambar, Arunagirinathar!
The greatest-national-patriotic-king of poets was born this day Eleventh December eighteen eighty two-a holy day!
MAHA KAVI-Subramanya Bharathiya-born in Ettayapuram
Wielded his SWORD OF NATIONAL and Divine poetry effectively
People began to live and serve patriotically in a noble way
On this sacred day we pay our obeisance to the KING OF POETS!
JATHI PALLAKKU-Bharathi Palanquin coming in a procession.
With Bharthiyar’s -my mentor from his heavenly abode-grace and blessings, my poem in Tamil has been selected by Vanavil Cultural Center to be presented in a poets Meet being held at Barathiyar’s Memorial in Triplicane Chennai today at 10 am after the JATHI PALLAKKU-Palanquin with Bharathi’s portrait-reaches from Triplicane Parthasarathy temple .
Ninety Seven years ago this day fell an Institution
Great movement he was-the patriotic poet of the Nation
A poet par excellent, writer and speaker fell a victim
To a temple elephant whom he used to feed while in Madras!
From politics to religion, freedom to womens liberation
He wrote poetry and prose in thousands including education
Multi linguist he was, handled all languages with felicity
Poverty struck poet and politician of the days of yore!
After a near century, on all national occasions
His songs are sung- vibrant and young they are all
May be on the nation, Gods and religions, nature tall
His writings inspire the young and old, read and unread!
Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi one of the three of my mentors from his heavenly abode was born on this day in 1882. Here is a tribute paid by Barathi’s ardent admirer BARATHI DHASAN under the title BARATHI ULLAM – Barathi’s Heart!
His original in Tamil and my translation in English form today’s Envius Thoughts.
சாதி ஒழித்திடல் நன்று –நல்ல
தமிழ் வளர்த்தல்மற் றொன்று
பாரதியை நாடு மறந்தால்-மற்றப்
சாதிப் பிணிப்பற்ற தோளே –நல்ல
தண்டமிழ் வாளினைத் தூக்கும்!
பன்னும் நம் பாரதியாரின் –நல்ல
பச்சை அன் புள்ளத்தி னின்று
நன்று பிறந்த இப் பேச்சு – நம்
நற்றமிழர்க் கெழில் மூச்சு!
செந்தமிழ் நாட்டினிற் பற்றும் – அதன்
சீருக்கு நல்ல தோர் தொண்டும்
நிந்தை இலாதவை அன்றோ! –எந்த
நேரமும் பாரதி நெஞ்சம்
கந்தையை எண்ணுவதில்லை – கையிற்
காசை நினைப்பதும் இல்லை.
செந்தமிழ் வாழிய! வாழி – நல்ல
செந்தமிழ் நாடென்று வாழ்ந்தார்.
Good to get rid of castes –Good
To develop Tamil is the next.
If Barathi is forgotten –remaining
Half cannot prosper!
Shoulder sans the bondage of castes – heavy
Armoury can shoulder!
Caring our Barathi’s – sweet
Speech was born from his loving heart- our
Sound breathes of dear Tamils!
Love for our dear Tamil Land- for
Its prosperity our service
Blemishless indeed are they!- At
No time Barathi’s heart
Thought of his rags –nor
Cared about his hands empty of money.
“Long live great Tamil!! Live – great
Tamil land” –so he lived his life!
Poetry indeed is the index of the greatness of a language
Poets of all hues are the invaluable wealth of the language
There are many known and unknown in all languages and countries
MANA KAVI cannot be many and rarest among the poetsi
In Tamilnadu MAHAKAVI refers to the great national
Patriotic Poet who inspired and instilled patriotism
In all the people through his immortal poems-in journey to freedom
Subramaniya Bharathiyar entered HEAVEN on that holy day!
Scholar in languages several, learned and the one who loved
The country more than his Mother-injecting love in all who lived!
We salute the one who died almost a century ago whose songs
Are sung even today on all occasions-songs immortal! Man throngs!
World Poetry Day is today as declared by UNESCO
Great day for the poets and poetry lovers all over
Poets indeed are the Ambassadors of peace in the world
Always aiming to express their views nicely, pleasant and bold!
Poets are simple in life and living but noble in thoughts,
Elegant in conduct and manners-loving all and serving all
Ever helping and never hurting-in thoughts words and deeds tall
Standards of poets, readers uplifted and never to fall!
The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing,
Publishing and teaching of great”Poetry”-the soul making!
Editing “YOUNG POET”-the millennium’s gift to the young
Two hundred and more young poets created with HIS grace!
To “give fresh recognition and impetus to national,
Regional and international poetry movements”.perennial
The day is joyful occasion worth celebrating all over.
“YOUNG POET” wishes all well for all the poets for ever!
The Young Poets Club
Hearty greetings from the Young Poets Club of India, Editor and Web Administrator of Young Poet.Org to all our young poets, senior poets, readers, contributors and well wishers of the journal from all over the literary world.We have pleasure to inform you of the release of the latest issue bringing you some of the best poems from the poets – young and senior. As we started the publication of YOUNG POET, as the Millennium gift to the young poets-by definition poets less than twenty five years of age, we were very particular that the journal provides a platform to the young poets only. Now that almost a decade and half has gone since the Club was founded and its official organ was published, many of those young poets of those days have gone beyond twenty five and of course new tribe of young poets have come in, we have a lot of requests that the condition regarding age must be revised and in deference to their wishes, our YOUNG POET is open to all and our team is conscious of the fact that poets of what ever age they are, all are quite young in their spirits and hearts.
We are sure the issue will be well received by the lovers of English poetry and they will encourage the poets to come out with their best of poetic talents-in content, theme and presentation.
With best wishes
YOUNG POETS CLUB OF INDIA was inaugurated in the BERTRUM HALL of LOYOLA COLLEGE, Chennai on 14th November 2000 with a view to encouraging the young who have a flair for writing English poetry
Read more at http://www.youngpoet.org/#hyWm4zPWx7Xb1Yzl.99
The Lord Almighty in HIS compassion for the human beings
Created great men with vision to serve all the living beings
Called poets to help men and women enjoy peace and harmony
Through their creative writing in poetry in all symphony!
Milton and Homer, Shakespeare and Shelly, Keats and Coleridge
Sarojini Naidu and Rabindranath Tagore over the bridge
Valmiki and Kamban, Omar Khayyam and Kamala Dass great
Hundreds of poets all over the globe a wonderful treat!
Bharathiyar-patriotic poet and nationalistic from South
Born on eleventh December hundred and thirty four years ago
Raised the people against the British rule under Mahatma Gandhi
We salute the great Bharathi for his songs excellent and mega!