Bholabhai Patel

Bholabhai Patel

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Bholabhai Patel Profile

  • Name:
  • Bholabhai Patel
  • Born:
  • August 7, 1934
  • Died:
  • May 20, 2012
  • Born / Home Town:
  • Soja

Bholabhai Patel Biography

Bholabhai Patel was a Gujarati critic, author and professor. For his outstanding contributions to Gujarati literature, Indian government honoured him with Padma Shri in 2008. He was also a recipient of Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1995, the highest award in Gujarati literature, and also Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award. He made outstanding contributions to Gujarati literature in the form of essays and travelogues. He was also a professor who taught different languages at Gujarat University. His book ‘Vidisha’, apart from his travelogues had earned him accolades. He died on 20 May 2012 at Ahmedabad following a heart attack, aged 77. He was serving as the president of Gujarat Sahitya Parishad when he passed away.


Bholabhai Patel was born on 7 August 1934 in Mehsana district of Gujarat. Soja is his native village. He took graduation and Master’s degree in many Indian languages including Sanskrit, Hindi and English, apart from a Master’s degree in science. He completed PhD in Hindi in 1977 and also learnt German and linguistics. A polyglot, Patel had deep study of Gujarati, English, Hindi, Bengali and Sanskrit literature and remained a man of letter of these languages. He also earned fame as a poet and non-fiction writer.


He began his teaching career in a school at Modasa. Till his retirement in 1994 he taught different languages at various institutions. He also served as the head of the Hindi department of the Gujarat University. He authored 52 books including poetry, critic works and travelogues. He also did a few translation works from Bengali, Assamese and Oriya languages to Gujarati language. His travelogues are indeed popular, which include his travels to Europe and the US. He was a nature lover too. Patel was known as a humble human being among his friends and contemporaries.

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Updated: April 03, 2016


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