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Bharathiar Museum

Bharathiar Museum

Pondicherry is a city of rich history. Bharathiar is one of them who make it all the more interesting. He moved to Pondicherry in the year 1908 to escape his arrest. He took a house in Pondicherry which has been turned into The Bharathiar Museum now. The house address is: No. 20, Easwaran Koil Street, Puducherry.

This museum is like a 15 minute walk from main city. The museum has a collection of his letters, family photographs and lot of books. The museum could have been much better. Perhaps a guide who could explain things to us. The sad part is the museum does not sell any items like his

books or memoirs. A great library which is open on Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The museum is closed on Mondays. The timings for the other days are 10:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 5:00pm. There was apostage stamp released on Barathiar which is framed in the museum.There are around 20 photographs collected of his family, friends and relatives. His wife Chellama, two daughters (one is Thangamma), V.V.S Iyer, Sri Aurobindo and many others. While inPondicherry he was involved with the following journals/magazines: India, Vijaya, Chakravarthini etc. especiall liked the front cover of the magazine Chakravarthini (the 1906 edition was displayed) which reads “A Tamil Monthly Devoted mainly to the Elevation of India Ladies”
The topics for that edition were interesting as well:
  • Women in Buddhism
  • Figures regarding female education in the Madras Presidency
  • Tulsi Rai
  • Infant marriage and female education
Inside the house and looked up to the sky, a tear dropped down my cheeks for no reason. A house where Bharathiar had spent his time. The front hall with an open roof. Wonder how many thoughts he must have had sitting there. It felt very nice. It was mentioned that  he composed the
poem “Crows and Birds are our clan” in this house. Bharathiar was an expert in many languages: Tamil, Sanskrit, English, Telugu and French. They had mentioned that he wrote very beautifully in English. There found the Tamil version of the phrase “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity” – “Swathanthiram, Sammathuvam, Sahotharathuvam“There was reading a book there where it mentioned when Bharathiar, V.V.S Iyer and Sri Aurobindo used to talk and discuss it was a conversation filled with great patriotism, energy and out of the world. It is unfortunate that nobody could record these conversations. We would like to end my visit with a paragraph from the book written by Dr. S. Ramakrishnan on Bharathiar which was truly agree and felt after the visit to his home.