Bhagwati Charan Verma

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Bhagwati Charan Verma
Born(1903-08-30)30 August 1903
Safipur, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India
Died5 October 1981(1981-10-05) (aged 78)
EducationBA, LL.B
Alma materAllahabad University
Notable awardsPadma Bhushan
Sahitya Akademi Award

Bhagwati Charan Verma (30 August 1903 – 5 October 1981) was one of the leading writers in Hindi. He wrote many novels, his best work was Chitralekha (1934), which was made into two successful Hindi films, 1941 and 1964.[1][2] He was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award for his epic five-part novel, Bhoole Bisre Chitra in 1961 and Padma Bhushan in 1971.[3] He was also nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1978.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Verma was born on 30 August 1903 in a well-known Kayastha family in Tahsil Safipur, in present-day Uttar Pradesh, India,[4][5] where he received his early education. He has earned fame at the national and international level in the field of literature by writing poetry, novel, story, essay and drama. His father, Shri Devi Charan Ji used to advocate in Kanpur. Balak Bhagwati's early education was in Safipur. Bhagwati Babu was sent to Prayag University for higher education from where he received a bachelor's degree in literature and law. [6] He also spent some years living with his extended family at the ancestral home in Patkapur.[7] Thereafter he studied in The Sophical School,[8] and went on to do his B.A. L.L.B. from Allahabad University.[5]


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, Vichaar. He also did screenwriting in Bombay, and later edited a Hindi daily Navjeevan; and finally he started writing independently in 1957.[citation needed]

He also served as a Hindi advisor at All India Radio, Lucknow and later in 1978, he was nominated to the Upper House of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha.[10] He died on 5 October 1981. A park is named 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
  • Do Banke
  • Mathrubhu Barbar Santh Pranam
  • Diwano ki Hasti

He also wrote other numerous short stories which were not published but still was recognised by other writers

Further reading[edit]

  • Bhagwati Charan Verma, by Srilal Shukla, Translator, Tripti Jain, New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi. 1994. ISBN 81-7201-014-1.[3][12]

prashn aur marichika,chanakya

TV serial[edit]

  • Teen Varsh (TV Serial, Telecast in 1993 on Doordarshan Lucknow and 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 on IMDb
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Personalities". Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "भगवती चरण वर्मा". Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Bhagwati Charan Verma- Introduction". Gadya Kosh.
  7. ^ Tripti Jain tr. biography, p.5
  8. ^ [1] Archived 15 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Lal, p. 4500
  10. ^ "Bhagwati Charan Verma". Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Bhagwati Charan Verma Park". Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  12. ^ "". Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2014.


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