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Amar Palanpuri (Pravinbhai Manilal Mehta)

Gujarati literary connoisseurs know this renowned poet as Amar Palanpuri though his actual name is Pravinbhai Manilal Mehta. He was born on 1st July 1935 in Palanpur city.

 

He is not only a great fan and disciple, but also a staunch devotee of late shayar “Shoonya Palanpuri”. His well known collection of ghazals has been published under the name Ujharada.

 

He is an excellent actor, poet, lyricist, ghazalkaar and organizer of cultural activities, with a deep love for the Gujarati stage. He has acted in many Gujarati plays.

 

He left Mumbai and settled in Surat in 1962, where he established an institution named “Saptarshi” for cultural programmes, which includes many world renowned classical singers, musicians and poets. He has also provided a stage and opportunities to young, fresh talents.

 

His creative abilities are not confined to writing ghazals only, but he has written songs and bhajans also.

 

He lives in Surat.

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