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A01142 Baratha Sakthi Mahakaaviyam

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    A01142 Baratha Sakthi Mahakaaviyam

    This lesson analyzes the plot, themes, characters, literary techniques and merits of "Baratha Sakthi Mahakaaviyam", an important epic of the twentieth century. Written by Kaviyogi Suthananda Barathi, this epic extols the spiritual greatness of India. It emphasizes the fact that the world can be redeemed only through universal brotherhood, non-violence, truth and spiritual enlightenment. It envisages a secular, peaceful world founded on the spiritual truths of India.

    "Baratha Sakthi Mahakaaviyam" received wide critical acclaim when it was published in 1948. It was commended by Mahatma Gandhi, Annie Beasant, Rabindranath Tagore and a host of other prominent leaders and writers of the time. The author, Suthananda Barathi, was an accomplished scholar, translator, playwright and actor. He was well versed in several languages and contributed greatly to the growth of the Tamil language.

    This famous epic consists of 50,000 lines and is divided into 5 books (Kandam). The plot revolves around Suthan, a virtuous King who is inspired by the teachings of great philosophers and saints. He upholds the spiritual truths expounded by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Vivekananda, Buddha, Mahaveera, Christ, Nabigal Naayagam, Zarathustra and Mahatma Gandhi. He strives to bring about great reforms in his country and forms 12 groups of selfless volunteers to accomplish this noble task. The epic describes the various trials and tribulations faced by Suthan in fulfilling his dream. Kaliyan, who is the chief antagonist in the epic, tries to thwart the good efforts of Suthan. The conflict between Suthan and Kaliyan symbolizes the struggle between the forces of good and evil. The epic traces Suthan’s journey towards spiritual enlightenment and Kaliyan’s eventual transformation into a noble soul. It reiterates the truth that the virtuous will always triumph and underlines the fact that implicit faith in god will help man tide over any crisis.

    "Baratha Sakthi Mahakaaviyam" occupies a special place among the epics of the twentieth century for several reasons. It abounds in allusions to the life and teachings of renowned saints and philosophers. There are numerous references to prominent figures from Indian and world history. There are also references to the "Baghavad Gita", "Paradise Lost" and the "Iliad". It uses the technique of allegory to convey its themes. Being a twentieth century epic, it also talks about many of the modern scientific inventions.

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