: The 131st birth anniversary of the Tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathi was celebrated at Ettayapuram, the birthplace of the poet, in Tuticorin district, on Tuesday.
Ettayapuram, a selection grade town panchayat, wore a festive look as many children and Tamil scholars paid visits to his birth place.
Many students from various educational institutions, who disguised themselves as the legendary Tamil poet, who made significant contributions to the freedom movement against the British in the days of yore, took out a procession.
The programme presided over by R. Govindaraja Perumal, President, Ettayapuram Panchayat, was organised by Bharathiyar Memorial Trust, Kovilpatti, in association with Nehru Yuva Kendra.
After reaching the house, participants garlanded the poet’s bust.
During the rally, the participants with zeal of patriotism sang songs highlighting the ideas of poet’s desire for education to children, emancipation of women, education for women, maintaining communal harmony regardless of caste and abolition of child labour.
The rally was flagged off by K.K. Subramanian, Project Director, National Child Labour Project, Tuticorin.
Later, members of All India Tamil Writers Association organised a programme to hail the poet’s pioneering role in Tamil literature.
M. Natarajan, Editor, Puthiya Paarvai , P. Nedumaran, President, Ulaga Tamizhar Peramaippu, and other scholars offered ‘Kavi Anjali.’
They spoke on the legendary poet’s life history. Mr. Nedumaran presented the Bharati Pani Chelvar award to four renowned Tamil writers.
Earlier, the members of the association also garlanded his statue at his house.
Ilasai Manian, Secretary, Ragunathan Library, Bharati Research Centre, Ettayapuram, said the younger generation should be exposed to historical achievements of the freedom fighters, who hailed from Tuticorin district.
Besides cultural programmes, exhibits of freedom fighters and their contributions to the society should be displayed at the programme venue every year on such occasions, he said. He also felt unhappy over missing of the foundation stone laid long years ago at the memorial.