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]


Sansthan High School at Dakor where Ravji studied

He was born in Bhatpur village (now in Anand district, Gujarat) on 15 November 1939. His family was a native of Vallavpura village in Kheda district. He completed his primary education from his village, Vallavpura and moved 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 dropped out owing to financial difficulties. He worked briefly at various places like mills, libraries, newspapers and universities. After staying in Amirgadh and Anand for few months, he died in Ahmedabad on 8 August 1968 at the age of 29 due to tuberculosis and mental disorder.[2][3][4]

(from left)Ravji's daughter Apeksha, her daughter Rinkal, her husband Mahendra bhai and Ravji's brother Ramanbhai Patel at Dakor, 11 February 2017

He married Mahalakshmi in 1960 and they had a daughter, Apeksha.[citation needed]


Bust of Ravji Patel inaugurated in 2017 at Dakor

He co-edited poetry journal Shabda with Mukund Parikh.[5]

His only collection Angat (1970) was published posthumously which includes fourteen songs. One of his song, Mari Aankhe Kankuna Suraj Athamya is considered as the landmark in Gujarati literature.[2][3] 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.

Ashrughar (1966; House of Tears) is his novel about a person suffering from tuberculosis. Jhanza (1967; Foggy) is his another novel. Vrutti ane Varta (1977) includes his incomplete story Vrutti. Rakh Pan Bole Chhe is his one-act play published in third issue of Kriti magazine. His some letters to fellow authors are published in Ravji Patel by Mafat Oza.[3]


He received Uma-Snehrashmi Prize for the year 1966-67. Gujarati film Kashino Dikro includes his famous song Mari Aankhe Kankuna Suraj Athamya.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Joshi, S. (1969). "Life against Death: The Poetry of Ravji Patel". Books Abroad. 43 (4): 499–503. JSTOR 40123774. doi:10.2307/40123774. 
  2. ^ a b Saccidānandan (2001). Indian Poetry: Modernism and After : a Seminar. Sahitya Akademi. p. 94. ISBN 978-81-260-1092-9. 
  3. ^ a b c Brahmabhatt, Prasad (2010). અર્વાચીન ગુજરાતી સાહિત્યનો ઈતિહાસ - આધુનિક અને અનુઆધુનિક યુગ (History of Modern Gujarati Literature – Modern and Postmodern Era) (in Gujarati). Ahmedabad: Parshwa Publication. p. 54-59. ISBN 978-93-5108-247-7. 
  4. ^ K. Satchidanandan (1 January 2000). One Hundred Indian Poets. National Book Trust, India. p. 435. ISBN 978-81-237-2865-0. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Indian Literature. Sahitya Akademi. January 2009. p. 263. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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