Palani is a Tamil poet and lyricist. He belongs to a popular literary family. His father, Sami Palaniappan & mother, Kamala. His father was a great poet who was the follower of Poet Bharathidasan. The Hindu commented years back upon the poetic work of Sami that he could be the succcesor of Bharathidasa when it came to poetry.
Palani Bharathi is a good successor of his father. He is among the youngest lyricist. During 1991, he had his footsteps for the first time in the Cine-World. He dragged the attention of the Cinema World and the rest of the public with his lyrics. He had worked along with a lot of successful music directors namely- Isai Gnani Ilayaraja,
Karthik Raja, Vidyasagar, Deva, S.A. Rajkumar, Sirpy, Bharathwaj,
Yuvan Shankar Raja,
Harris Jayaraj, A.R Rahman and many others. His lyrics had a great appeal in the villages. Magazines widely appreciated his mastery over the language.
His notable works were - Neruppu Paarvaigal - A collection of poems, Veli Nadappu, Kaathalin Pin Kathavu, Mazhaippenn, Puraakkal maraintha iravu, Muththangkalin pazhakkuudai, Thanimaiyil vilaiyaadum bommai, Thanniril vizhuntha veyil, Thanniril vizhuntha veyil, Kaarrin kaiyezhuththu.
He has been awarded with various awards. During 1996, he was presented with ‘CINEMA EXPRESS AWARD for Best Lyricist’ for the film Ullathai Alli Tha. In 1997 with ‘Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Lyricist’ for the film Kathalukku Mariathai. In 1998 he was given ‘Kalaimamani’ & ‘Kalai Vitthakar Kannadasan Award’. In 2007 he was awarded with ‘Isai Gnani Ilayaraja Award’. Recently he was presented with ITFA INTERNATIONAL TAMIL FILM AWARD’ for the film Pitha Magan. He had contributions not only for the cinema but for the TV world as well.