Ravji Patel

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Ravji Patel
Poet Ravji Patel.jpg
Native name રાવજી છોટાલાલ પટેલ
Born Ravji Chhotalal Patel
(1939-11-15)15 November 1939
Bhatpur, Anand, Gujarat
Died August 10, 1968(1968-08-10) (aged 28)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Occupation Poet, Short story writer, Novelist
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Education under graduate
Period Post-modern Gujarati literature
Genres Geet, Free verse, Sonnet, Ghazal
Subjects Rural Nostalgia
Literary movement Re Math
Notable works
  • Ashrughar (1966)
  • Jhanza (1967)
  • Angat (1970)
  • Vrutti ane Varta (1977)
Notable awards Uma-Snehrashmi Prize (1966-67)

Ravji Patel (Gujarati: રાવજી પટેલ; 1939–1968) was a modernist poet, short story writer and novelist of Gujarati language.[1]


He was born in Bhatpur village near Anand district on 15 November 1939. His family was a native of Vallavpura village in Kheda District of Gujarat. He got his primary education from his village, Vallavpura. Then he came to Ahmedabad for further education. He completed his S.S.C from Navchetan High School, Ahmedabad. Then he joined City Arts College, but he could only study up to the second year of college and had to leave his studies owing to financial difficulties. He worked sporadically at various places like mills, libraries, newspapers and universities and died at the age of 29 due to tuberculosis[2] after staying in Amirgadh and Anand on 8 August 1968 in Ahmedabad.
He married Hansa in 1960 and they had a daughter, Apeksha.[citation needed]


His only collection was published posthumously titled 'Angat' ( 1970). His immortal song, Mari Aankhe Kankuna Suraj Athamya has become a landmark in Gujarati literature.[2] The song flags a great change in the trends and styles of writing in Gujarati literature, bringing it into what is now known as the modern Gujarati literary trend.


He received Uma-Snehrashmi Prize for the year 1966-67.


  1. ^ Joshi, S. (1969). "Life against Death: The Poetry of Ravji Patel". Books Abroad. 43 (4): 499–503. doi:10.2307/40123774. JSTOR 40123774. 
  2. ^ a b Saccidānandan (2001). Indian Poetry: Modernism and After : a Seminar. Sahitya Akademi. p. 94. ISBN 978-81-260-1092-9. 
  • Dhirubhai Thakar. Arvacheen Gujarati Sahityani Vikas Rekha Vol. 5: Adhunik ane Anuadhunik Pravaho, Ahmedabad: Gurjar Granthratna Karyalaya, 2006, ISBN 81-89166-36-0
  • Film: Kashino Dikro includes his famous song mentioned above.