Utpal Bhayani

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Utpal Bhayani
Bhayani in April 2012
Bhayani in April 2012
Native name
ઉત્પલ હરિવલ્લભ ભાયાણી
BornUtpal Harivallanh Bhayani
(1953-10-10)10 October 1953
Calicut, Kerala
Died16 October 2019(2019-10-16) (aged 66)
OccupationShort story writer, playwright, literary critic and translator
Notable works
  • Khatavani (1995)
  • Samajik Natak: Ek Nutan Unmesh (1993
RelativesHarivallabh Bhayani (father)

Utpal Harivallabh Bhayani (10 October 1953 – 16 October 2019) was a Gujarati language story writer, playwright, critic and translator from Gujarat, India.


Utapal Bhayani was born on 10 October 1953 in Calicut (now Kozhikode) to Harivallabh Bhayani, a Gujarati writer. His family was from Mahuva in Bhavnagar district. He studied Master of Commerce and later qualified as Chartered Accountant which he accepted as his profession. He served as a trustee of Parichay Trust, Mumbai.[1][2]

He died on 16 October 2019.[3]


Nimajjan (1978) was his first collection of stories followed by Hallo! (1983) which included some experimental stories. Khatavani (1995) was well received by critics. Vahi (2008) was his fourth collection. His story Mijbani was included in Swatantrottar Gujarati Navlika edited by Raghuveer Chaudhari. His Extra Ticket was anthologized in Ketlik Gujarati Tunki Vartao (1955–80) edited by Gulabdas Broker and Suman Shah.[1][2]

He was a prolific drama critic but he considered his works as Samiksha not criticism. His drama criticism works starting in 1976 include Drashyafalak (1981), Preksha (1986), Natakno Jeev (1987), Tarjni Sanket (1992), Samajik Natak: Ek Nutan Unmesh (1993), Deshvideshni Rangbhumi (2001), Rangbhumi (2004), Natyadrashti (2003), Natyagoshthi (2004). Mahabharat (1991) and Sahyog (1999) are translations. He edited Sampark (1982), Adhunik Gujarati Ekankio (1994) and Sureshni Sathe Sathe (2007).[1][2]


His story collection Khatvani (1995) was awarded by Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Brahmabhatt, Prasad (2010). અર્વાચીન ગુજરાતી સાહિત્યનો ઈતિહાસ - આધુનિક અને અનુઆધુનિક યુગ [History of Modern Gujarati Literature – Modern and Postmodern Era] (in ગુજરાતી). Ahmedabad: Parshwa Publication. pp. 241–243. ISBN 978-93-5108-247-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Utpal Bhayani" (PDF). Samvad India Foundation. 22 August 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 August 2017.
  3. "Utpal Bhayani passed away at 66". Mumbai Mirror. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
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