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Barkat Virani

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Barkatali Gulamhussain Virani, known by his pen name Befaam,[1] was Gujarati author and poet especially known for his ghazals.[2]


  • Life 1
  • Works 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Barkatali was born on 25 November 1923 in Ghanghli village near Sihor in Bhavnagar district. He was interested in literature since age of fourteen when he wrote his first ghazal.[3] He completed his primary and secondary education from Bhavnagar. He was taught poetry by Kismat Kureshi. He left matriculation to participate in 1942 Quit India Movement. He moved to Mumbai in 1945 on suggestion of Shayda. He met Mareez there and later employed at Aakashvani radio. He married Rukaiya, the elder daughter of Shayda, in 1952. He died on 2 January 1994 in Mumbai.[4]

He was associated with Gujarati cinema. He appeared in Gujarati film Mangalfera (1949) and wrote lyrics of several film songs; Akhand Saubhagyavati (1963), Kulvadhu (1997), Jalam Sang Jadeja, Snehbandhan.[5][6][7][8][9]


He published Ghazal poetry collections; Mansar (1960), Ghata (1970), Pyas, Parab.[10] He has also written short stories, stage plays, radio plays and film songs.[3][4] His several songs are popular across Gujarat such as "Nayanne Bandh Rakhine", "Thay Sarkhamni To Utarata Chhie", "Milan na Deepak Sahu Buzai Gaya Chhe".[8]


  1. ^ Amaresh Datta (1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. Sahitya Akademi. p. 1390.  
  2. ^ Smt. Hiralaxmi Navanitbhai Shah Dhanya Gurjari Kendra (2007). Gujarat. Gujarat Vishvakosh Trust. p. 392. 
  3. ^ a b Poet. K. Srinivas. 1974. p. 128. 
  4. ^ a b સુરેશ (25 November 2006). "બેફામ, Befam". ગુજરાતી પ્રતિભા પરિચય (in ગુજરાતી). Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1994–.  
  6. ^ Manjulal Ranchhodlal Majmudar (1965). Cultural History of Gujarat. Popular Prakashan. p. 96. 
  7. ^ Indian Films. B. V. Dharap. 1974. p. 271. 
  8. ^ a b DeshGujarat (2 January 2011). "Veteran Gujarati singer/musician Shri Dilip Dholakia passes away". DeshGujarat. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "બરકત વિરાણી ‘બેફામ’ 2 જાન્યુઆરી". Abhyaskram (in ગુજરાતી). 25 November 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Mansukhlal Maganlal Jhaveri; Sahitya Akademi (1978). History of Gujarati Literature. Sahitya Akademi. p. 211. 

External links

  • Selected works on MaaGurjari
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