A commemorative postage stamp on Bharathidasan, a 20th century rationalist Tamil poet and writer (part of Personality Series : Poetry and Performing Arts) :
Issued by India
Issued on Oct 9, 2001
Issued for : The Department of Posts is proudly releasing a set of stamps honouring three personalities viz. Bharathidasan, Lachhu Maharaj and Master Mitrasen, whose creative expressions in the diverse fields of poetry, dance and theatre had a tremendous influence on the social and cultural life of the country.
Stamp & FDC : Sankha Samanta
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Three Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million Each
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Eagle Press Pvt. Ltd.
Name : Kanakasabai Subburathinam
Born on Apr 29, 1891 at Pondicherry, French India [now Puducherry, India]
Died on Apr 21, 1964 at Madras, India [now Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India]
- Bharathidasan (1891-1964) was one among the resuscitators of Tamil poetry in the twentieth century, who also used it as an effective medium for social reform. Starting his life as a teacher of Tamil in Pondicherry, contact with his senior contemporary and mentor, Subramania Bharathi and Sri Aurobindo, drew Bharathidasan into the National Movement. He condemned casteism, communalism, male chauvinism and economic inequalities which stood in the way of India’s struggle for freedom, through his works. He was imprisoned by the French Government in Pondicherry on the charge of treason. Later, Bharathidasan joined the Self Respect Movement led by Periyar and used his poems as a vehicle for rationalistic ideas. For the poetic intensity with which he expressed his reformist ideals and his profound humanism that embraced the whole of mankind. Bharathidasan deserves a pride of place in world literature.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.