Niranjan Bhagat

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Niranjan Bhagat
Bhagat at his residence in Ahmedabad, 2005
Bhagat at his residence in Ahmedabad, 2005
Born(1926-05-18)18 May 1926
Ahmedabad, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died1 February 2018(2018-02-01) (aged 91)
Ahmedabad, India
OccupationPoet, essayist, critic, editor
LanguageGujarati, English
Notable worksGujarati Sahiyta – Purvardha Uttarardha
Notable awardsSahitya Academy Award (1999)

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Niranjan Narhari Bhagat (18 May 1926 – 1 February 2018) was[1] an Indian Gujarati language poet and commentator who won the 1999 Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati language for his critical work Gujarati Sahiyta – Purvardha Uttarardha. He was also an English poet, and had written over a hundred poems in English, most being written in the style of Gitanjali.[2]

Early life[edit]

Niranjan Narhari Bhagat was born on 18 May 1926 in Ahmedabad.[3][4] He completed M.A. in English Literature in 1950.[5]


Niranjan Bhagat with child Amitabh Madia, son of Chunilal Madia, 1971

Bhagat joined L. D. Arts College as a lecturer. Later he joined Saint Xavier's College, Ahmedabad, as a professor of English in 1975 and served there until his retirement.[6] He served as the president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad in 1997–98. He also served as a member of Advisory Board for Gujarati, Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, from 1963 to 1967.

He received Narmad Suvarna Chandrak in 1953 for his book Chhandolay and Sahitya Akademi Award in 1999 for his critical work Gujarati Sahiyta – Purvardha Uttarardha.[5] He also received Kumar Suvarna Chandrak in 1949, Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1969, Premanand Suvarna Chandrak in 1998, Sachchidanand Sanman in 2000 and the Narsinh Mehta Award in 2001.[6][7]


Bhagat died of a stroke on 1 February 2018 at a hospital in Ahmedabad at the age of 91.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Remembering Niranjan Bhagat (1926-2018), a giant of Gujarati poetry". Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Kavi Kosh - Niranjan Bhagat". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  3. ^ Topiwala, Chandrakant. "સાહિત્યસર્જક: નિરંજન ભગત" [Writer: Niranjan Bhagat] (in Gujarati). Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
  4. ^ Kartik Chandra Dutt (1999). Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M. Sahitya Akademi. p. 131. ISBN 978-81-260-0873-5.
  5. ^ a b c "Veteran Gujarati Poet Niranjan Bhagat passes away". Deshgujarat. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b Amaresh Datta (1987). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A–Devo. Sahitya Akademi. pp. 420–421. ISBN 978-81-260-1803-1.
  7. ^ "Sanskrit Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955–2007". Sahitya Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009.

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Preceded by
Jayant Kothari
Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Gujarati
Succeeded by
Vinesh Antani