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Vijaya in Chicago           Dr. S. Vijaya Bharati is a granddaughter of Mahakavi Bharati; she is a daughter of Thangammal Bharati, Bharati’s eldest daughter.

She completed her doctorate at Annamalai University, where she carried out seminal research on Bharati. Her thesis was the first doctoral thesis dedicated to Bharati’s works, and it was later published as a book, A Critical Study of Bharati’s Works. She continued her research in England at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and in Canada at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

For the past 4 decades, she has been living in Canada.  She has travelled widely, and has lectured on Bharati, his life and works, in Canada, the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, France (Paris), Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Mauritius.

Interviews and programmes featuring her have appeared on radio and television networks in India, the UK, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.

She visits Chennai regularly.

View Vijaya Bharati’s CV.


Photo by Paul Landl

My daughter, Dr. Mira T. Sundara Rajan, is the Editor of the blog.

She edits my articles and includes her views in the articles, as well.

6 responses

  1. It is a great pleasure to know about an heir of the Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati to whom we owe a lot and whose poems have given us new ideas, enormous energy, colossal pleasure, and wide knowledge.

  2. Mahakaviyar Subramanya Bharatiyar is a big asset for Tamil poetry .I admit it that -after discovering much about him I started following his pathway in my life .He gave too much of opinions in various aspects .Salutes to him 🙂 .Recently ,I’m doing a research about his poems .May I know ,where can I get his books with English subtitles ? Thank you 🙂

  3. Happy to see the generation of Mahakavi Bharathi..He is an inspiration for each and everyone in India particularly Tamilians.

  4. Comment from Rajkumar Bharati (Great Grandson of Bharati) on “Immortality”:

    “I went through your article on Bharathi’s stand on Immortality. Very nicely written. We come across numerous times in Bharathi’s poems – words proclaiming immortality. Sure he was firm in his conviction. In Vinagar Nanmani Malai, Saktikkuthu, Pudiya Athichudi
and so on. . . . People of his pedigree are of course ‘avatars’ and so his consciousness level would be universal unlike majority of people like us.
Well reality is still very upfront and unyielding. …
Probably it was in the plan of creation that he leaves his mortal body at a prescribed time.
Further, I doubt what impact he would have had if he was alive now or had a pretty long life. People like Adi Sankara, Swami Vivekananda, Mozart, Ramanujan lived only upto 40 years. Probably it had a purpose? 


    Posted from e-mail by S. Vijaya Bharati

  5. Happy to see how the future generations has taken his (Bharati’s) work forward. Great to read about his wife’s life and her contributions towards the upliftment of the family. Keep up the good work!!

  6. Lynne Vines says:
    It is facinating to follow your Grandfather’s thought process.
    You are revealing what a patient man he was.
    I enjoy learning about Bharati.
    Thank You

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