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Harikrishna Pathak
Pathak at his home in Gandhinagar, January 2018
Pathak at his home in Gandhinagar, January 2018
Born (1938-08-05) 5 August 1938 (age 84)
Botad, Gujarat, India
Occupation Poet, writer
Language Gujarati
Education Bachelor of Science
Alma mater Gujarat University
Notable works
  • Sooraj Kadach Uge (1974)
  • Adva Pachisi (1984)
Notable awards Kumar Chandrak (1967)
(m. 1961)


Harikrishna Pathak is a Gujarati poet, short story writer, editor and children's writer from Gujarat, India.


Harikrishna Pathak
Harikrishna Pathak writing at his home, 2018

Pathak was born on 5 August 1938 at Botad (now in Gujarat, India) to Monghiben and Ramchandra. His family was from Bholad village in Ahmedabad district. He matriculated in 1956. He completed his B. Sc. from Gujarat University in 1961. He worked as a teacher at Songadh near Bhavnagar in 1961–62. In 1963, he joined Department of Revenues, Government of Gujarat as an assistant. He was later promoted as the divisional officer and later retired as the deputy secretary. He has managed literary groups such as Mijlas and Brihaspatisabha for years. He has also served as a vice president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. He is also painter, sketcher and singer.


Harikrishna Pathak has experimented with several genres of literature. His first work, a satire, Natakno Takhto was published in Chandani while his first poem was published in Kumar. Sooraj Kadach Uge (1974) was his first poetry collection which had 82 poems including metrical poetry, sonnets, songs, ghazals and free verse. It has traditional as well as experimental poems. Halavi Hawane Pankhe (2005), Tapu and Jalna Padgha are his other poetry collections. Adva Pachisi (1984) has parody poetry on human nature delivered through fictional character Advo. It has shades of burlesque.

Mor Banglo (1988) and Natubhaine To Jalsa Chhe (2008) are his story collections. Galine Nakethi (1993) is his collection of criticism. Nagar Vase Chhe (1978) has selected poems from Brihaspatisabha edited by him. He has also edited Gujarat Kavita Chayan (1994, 1996) as well as co-edited Swatantryottar Gujarati Geet Sanchay, Gurjar Navalika Chayan, Gurjar Adhunik Vivechan and Manubhai Trivedi - Sarod (2008). Aapni Yadi has poems of Kalapi selected by him. Raina Phool (2004) is his travelogue.

He has contributed to children's literature also. Koinu Kaik Khovay Chhe (1981) is a collection of children's poetry. Dostarini Vato (1993) is a collection of children's stories. Gulabi Arasni Laggi (1979) is a collection of teenage experiences initially serialized in Nutan Gujarat. Hallo-Fallo (2005) is also his work on children's literature.


He has received Kumar Chandrak (1967), Chandrashekhar Thakkur Prize (1973), Critics Award (1984), Jayant Pathak Poetry Prize (1993), Narmad Suvarna Chandrak (1993, for Jalna Padgha). He has been awarded by Gujarat Sahitya Akademi also.

Personal life

He married Chandrika in 1961 at Bhavnagar and has six children.

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