July 17, 1941
|Place of Birth||:||Theni, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Also Known As||:||Bharathiraja, Bharathi Raja, Chinnasaamy Periyamayathevar, பாரதிராஜா, Bharathirajaa, P.Bharathirajaa, P. Bharathirajaa, P. Bharathiraja, Periyamayathevar Bharathiraja|
Periyamayathevar Bharathiraja is an Indian filmmaker who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. He made his debut in 16 Vayathinile (1977) and is known for realistic and sensitive portrayal of village-life in his films. As of 2015, he has won six National Film Awards, two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and is also a recipient of other awards such as three Filmfare Awards South, Cinema Express Awards, and Nandi Awards.