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MAHAKAVI DAY

MAHAKAVI DAY

Context:

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to commemorate the death anniversary of Subramania Bharathi, a poet and freedom fighter, as Mahakavi Day. The death anniversary of Subramania Bharati is 11th September.

  • The year 2021 will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the poet's death.

About the Day Celebration:

  • To celebrate the centenary, weekly events will be held at Bharathiyar Memorial House in the province for one year.
  • The government will also be conducting a poetry competition at the state level for school and college students and a “Barati young poet Award” will be presented with a fund worth Rs 1 lakh.

About Subramania Bharathi:

  • He was a Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist, social reformer and polyglot.
  • He is popularly known as "Mahakavi Bharathi".
  • He was a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry and is considered one of the greatest Tamil literary figures of all time.
  • His works fostered nationalism and left a lasting impression on Tamil literature.

Manathil Urithi Vendum (Firmness in Mind):

  • To mark the centenary, the government will bring the Manathil Urithi Vendum book.
  • It will consist of a compilation of her poems and essays.
  • Books will be purchased at the cost of Rs 10 crore and distributed among 37 lakh school students.
  • The government will set up a separate wing ‘Bharathiyar’ to compile the books of Bharathiyar.

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