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Sursinhji Gohil 'Kalapi'
Sursinhji Gohil "Kalapi"
સુરસિંહજી તખ્તસિંહજી ગોહિલ
|Born||Sursinhji Takhtasinhji Gohil|
26 January 1874
Lathi, Amreli, British India
|Died||9 June 1900 (aged 26)|
Lathi, Bombay presidency, British India
|Education||Std. 5 (English medium)|
|Alma mater||Rajkumar College, Rajkot|
|Period||pre-independence Gujarati literature|
|Genres||Ghazal, Narrative poetry, Metrical verse|
|Subjects||Love and Spirituality|
Sursinhji Takhtasinhji Gohil (1874–1900), popularly known by his pen name, Kalapi was a Gujarati poet and the Thakor (prince) of Lathi state in Gujarat. He is mostly known for his poems depicting his own pathos.
Sursinhji Gohil was born to the royal family of Lathi in 1874. His mother's name was Ramba. He died in 1900 at 26 years of age. He was educated at Rajkumar College, Rajkot. Kalapi was married—at the age of 15—to two princesses. These were Rajba-Ramaba (born 1868), the princess of Kutch–Roha; and Kesharba-Anandiba (Born 1872), the princess of Saurashtra–Kotada.
When Kalapi was 20 years old, he fell in love with a family maid, Shobhana, who served his royal family.
In spite of his short life, Kalapi's body of work was large. The poet penned about 250 poems, including about 15,000 verses. He also authored a number of prose writings and over 900 letters to his friends and wives. He not only used the Gujarati language as his medium to elaborate on his thoughts, but also translated four English novels to Gujarati.
Kalapi mentored a number of budding poets who carried on his style of writing, many of whom become famous in their own right. The most prominent among these was Kavi Lalitji, who was about the same age as Kalapi, and was already an established poet when he was invited to the Lathi Darbar as a tutor for the royal children. He came under Kalapi's influence and the two became great friends. Lalitji went on to become the Rajya Kavi (Royal Bard) of Lathi.
Kavi Kalapi had written poems in various Chhand of the Gujarati language. Like Mandakranta, Shardulvikridit, Shikharini and others, to write poems in Chhand, one has to follow the structure of that chhand and the rules of chhandas poetry. Aapni Yadi is one of his best known ghazal in the Gujarati literature.
Today, the Kalapi Museum has been set up in Lathi, where visitors can gather more information about Kavi Kalapi's life and the history of the Gohilwad Kingdom.
The Kalpi Tirtha Museum holds objects related to the life of the Gujarati poet Kalpi. The museum was inaugurated in 2005. It is located at Lathi on the birthplace of Kalpi in the Amreli district of Gujarat. There is a huge collection of articles written by the artists themselves, letters, the rare items they used, and the history of the monarchy. The memorials were also associated with the Kalpi Tirtha, where the Kalpati lived, the palace, which was sitting on the banks of the lake. This place is a center of attraction for Gujarat's literature makers. There is a small auditorium on the upper floors of Kalpitirth Bhawan. Apart from Wednesdays, this museum gives free entry. Videography and photography are permitted.
In popular culture
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- K. M. George (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology: Surveys and poems. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 557. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0.
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- K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
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- Navalram Trivedi (1944). Kalapi [Biography of Kalapi]. Ahmedabad: Gujarat Vernacular Society. OCLC 35740313.