goddess of learning was added to the name of Subramanya when he was just eleven.
Some noted poets who had gathered at the court of the rajah of Ettayapuram awarded the title to the boy who was destined to be the guiding star for millions of people of Tamil Nadu and other parts of the South to fight against the British regime.
The poor poet was again at the height of his popularity when, at 38 the elephant of the temple, whom he always offered a coconut, struck him with his trunk.
The singer recovered a little but went to enternal slumber on September 11,1921, three weeks after reciting his famous (and last too) song ‘Bharatha samudayam vazhagave’ i.e.
He would just not worship the beauty of nature but would many a time throw the last stock of grain to the enchanting birds—the grain that would have been served to him in the evening.
He would satisfy his hunger for the beauty of nature at the cost of his fascination and his devotion to the Motherland.
Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! Subramania Bharati, in full Chinnaswami Subramania Bharati, Subramania also spelled Subrahmanya, (born December 11, 1882, Ettaiyapuram, Madras Presidency, India—died September 12, 1921, Madras (now Chennai)), outstanding Indian writer of the nationalist period who is regarded as the father of the modern The son of a learned Brahman, Bharati became a Tamil scholar at an early age.
He received little formal education, however, and in 1904 he moved to Madras (now Chennai).
But the matrimonial tie did not extinguish his hunger for knowledge.
When he was sixteen he left for Banaras (now Varanasi).