September 30, 1915|
Sardhar, Rajkot, Gujarat, India
|Died||December 25, 2002
Rajkot, Gujarat, India
Amrutlal Laljee Bhatt, better known by his pen name Amrut Ghayal, was a Gujarati language poet from India.
Amrutlal Bhatt was born in Sardhar near Rajkot on 30 September 1915 to Lalji Bhatt and Santokben. He studied up to seventh standard in Sardhar. He served as a personal secretory of prince of Pajod state, a small princely state of Saurashtra, Khan Imamuddin Babi aka Ruswa Mazlumi, from 1938 to 1948. He passed matriculation in 1949 and joined Bachelor of Arts from Dharnendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot but left studies after first year. He joined public works department of Rajkot in 1949 as an accountant and was retired in 1973. He settled in Rajkot following his retirement.
He died on 25 December 2002 at Rajkot.
His pen name Ghayal literally means wounded. Already being a good scholar of Urdu and Persian poetry, Amrit Ghayal flourished into an outstanding Ghazal poet of Gujarati by 1940 once he started writing the Gujarati poetry. His poetry is known for "Jusso" (morale) "Jom" (spirit) and "Mijaj" (attitude or style).
In 1954, his first poetry collection Shula ane Shamana (Throns and Dreams) was published. His other collections are Rang (Colour, 1960), Roop (Beauty, 1967), Jhay (Shade, 1982), Agni (Fire, 1982) and Gazal Name Sukh (Happiness in name of poetry, 1984).
An example of his Ghazals in Gujarati:
Gujarati: જીવન જેવું જીવું છું, એવું કાગળ પર ઉતારું છું; ઉતારું છું, પછી થોડું ઘણું એને મઠારું છું. તફાવત એ જ છે, તારા અને મારા વિષે, જાહિદ! વિચારીને તું જીવે છે, હું જીવીને વિચારું છું.
English: I write on paper the same I live, I write than I correct, the difference between you and me is, Jahid, you think before you live and I live before I think.
- Amaresh Datta (1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. Sahitya Akademi. p. 1388. ISBN 978-81-260-1194-0.
- "Amrit Ghayal". Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
- Kartik Chandra Dutt (1 January 1999). Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M. Sahitya Akademi. p. 157. ISBN 978-81-260-0873-5.