Bhagwati Charan Verma

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Bhagwati Charan Verm(भगवती चरण वर्मा) (August 30, 1903 -October 5, 1981), was one of the leading writers in Hindi. He wrote many novels, but his magnum opus was Chitralekha (1934) (चित्रलेखा), which was made into two successful Hindi films, 1941 and 1964.[1][2]

He was awarded the 1961 Sahitya Akademi Award in Hindi, for his epic five-part novel, Bhoole Bisre Chitra (भूले-बिसरे चित्र);[3] and in 1971 the Padma Bhushan, one of India's civil honours [4] and nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1978.

Early life and education[edit]

Bhagwati Charan Verma was born on August 30, 1903, at Safipur in Unnao district, Uttar Pradesh,[5][6] where he received his early education. He also spent some years living with his extended family (with some colourful uncles[7]) at the ancestral home in Patkapur. Thereafter he studied in Thesophical School,[8] and went on to do his B.A. L.L.B. from Allahabad University.[6]


After his education he practiced law at Kanpur and later at Hamirpur where he wrote his historic novel Chitralekha in 1934. Its success got him instant fame and started his literary career in which he went to write over 17 novels.[9] He work at Calcutta Film Corporation for a while, followed by editing a weekly magazine, titled 'Vichaar'. He also did screenwriting in Bombay, and later edited a Hindi daily 'Navjeevan'; and finally he started writing independently in 1957.

He remained the Hindi Advisor at All India Radio, Lucknow for a while, and later in 1978, he was nominated to the Upper House of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha,[10] and died on October 5, 1981. Today, a park is name after him, in his birthplace, the town of Safipur[11]


  • Bhule Bisre Chitra, Rajkamal Prakashan, Delhi, 1959.
  • Chitralekha
  • Yuvraj Choonda
  • Sabahin Nachawat Ram Gosain
  • Kahi na Jay ka Kahiye
  • Rekha
  • Sabhin Nachavat Ram Gosai
  • Samarthya Aur Seema
  • Sampooran Natak
  • Sidhi Sachchi Baten
  • Tedhey Medhey Rastey
  • Woh Phir Nahi Aai

Further reading[edit]

prashn aur marichika,chanakya

TV Serial[edit]

  • Teen Varsh (TV Serial, Telecast in 1993 on Doordarshan Lucknow & in 1995 on Doordarshan National Network)- Cast : Shekhar Suman, Gauri Saigan, Jaya Bhattacharya, Dinesh Shakul, Director - Sunil Batta
  • Jeevan Ek Rang Anek (TV Series, 2003 Doordarshan Lucknow) : Director - Sunil Batta
  • Jeevan Ke Rang (TV Series, 2005 DD Bharti) : Director - Sunil Batta


  1. ^ Gulzar; Govind Nihalani; Saibal Chatterjee (2003). Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema. Popular Prakashan. p. 337. ISBN 81-7991-066-0. 
  2. ^ Chitralekha at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Sahitya Akademi Citation
  4. ^ a b Makers of Indian Literature-Bhagwati Charan Verma
  5. ^ Bhagwati Charan Verma Unnao district Official website.
  6. ^ a b Biography & Works
  7. ^ Tripti Jain tr. biography, p.5
  8. ^ Bhagwati Charan Verma
  9. ^ Lal, p. 4500
  10. ^ Biography
  11. ^ Bhagwati Charan Verma Park
  12. ^ Sahitya Akademi Booklist Makers of Indian Literature.

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