બરકતઅલી ગુલામહુસેન વીરાણી
|Born||Barkat Ali Ghulam Hussain Virani|
November 25, 1923
Ghanghli, near Sihor, Bhavnagar
|Died||January 2, 1994 (aged 70)|
|Occupation||Poet, Novelist, Short story writer|
|Genre||Ghazal, Novel, Short story|
|Spouse||Rukaiya ( 1952 - 1994), his death|
|Children||Sohail Barkat Ali Virani, Nayyar Barkat Ali Virani|
|Relatives||Shayda (father in law)|
Barkat Ali was born on 25 November 1923 in Ghanghli village near Sihor in Bhavnagar district. He was interested in literature since age of fourteen when he wrote his first ghazal. He completed his primary and secondary education from Bhavnagar. He was taught poetry by Kismat Kureshi. He left matriculation to participate in 1942 Quit India Movement. He moved to Mumbai in 1945 on suggestion of Shayda. He met Mareez there and later employed at Aakashvani radio. He married Rukaiya, the elder daughter of Shayda, in 1952. He died on 2 January 1994 in Mumbai.
He was associated with Gujarati cinema. He appeared in Gujarati film Mangalfera (1949) and wrote lyrics of several film songs; Akhand Saubhagyavati (1963), Kulvadhu (1997), Jalam Sang Jadeja, Snehbandhan.
He published Ghazal poetry collections; Mansar (1960), Ghata (1970), Pyas (1980), Parab. He has also written short stories, stage plays, radio plays and film songs. His several songs are popular across Gujarat such as "Nayanne Bandh Rakhine", "Thay Sarkhamni To Utarata Chhie", "Milan na Deepak Sahu Buzai Gaya Chhe". Aag Ane Ajawala (1956) and Jivta Soor are two of his Short story collection while Rangsugandh part 1-2 (1966) is a novel by him.
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