Tamil Nadu government announces to observe 9/11 as ‘Mahakavi Day’

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Chennai: The government of Tamil Nadu has announced that it will observe 9/11, the anniversary of the death of nationalist poet and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati, as Mahakavi Day.

Ministers of state would pay floral tributes to a statue of the incendiary poet on Sunday.

The commemoration of the death anniversary as Mahakavi Day by the government was among 14 announcements made by Chief Minister MK Stalin in September last year.

Tamil writer, poet, journalist and social reformer Subramania Bharati (December 11, 1882 – September 11, 1921) was born in Ettayapuram, Tirunelveli district. He started writing poems when he was 11 years old.

After living in Kashi (Varanasi) for some time, he worked as a Tamil teacher at Sethupathy School in Madurai.

“Mahakavi Bharati passed away a hundred years ago. But his poems, which sparked patriotic fervor among people, left an indelible mark on people’s minds,” an official statement said here.

His house in Ettayapuram was nationalized during the reign of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and the DMK government had in 1973 declared the house in Chennai where the poet lived as a memorial.

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