Bharathiyar Awards return to South Africa after Covid hiatus

Updated: Sep 25 2022 4:12AM

Johannesburg, Sep 25 (PTI) The annual awards named after renowned Tamil poet and freedom fighter C Subramania Bharati, returned to the Siva Gnana Sabay -- a religious organisation based in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg -- after a two-year break forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

The organisation has been making the awards since 2007 in September, when South Africa celebrates Heritage Month.

The awards were instituted by the late Guru Marie Pillay, one of the founder members of the Sabay, who explained at the time that Bharati or Bharathiar, a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi, was one of the greatest Tamil poets, a prolific writer, philosopher and a great visionary of immense genius.