Later this evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to micro-blogging site Twitter and shared his grief over the death of Gujarati language poet, novelist, short story writer and critic Chinu Modi. In his tweet, PM Modi said, “Passing away of Chinubhai Modi is a great loss to Gujarati literature. My condolences. His works & literary flair will always be remembered.” The famous Gujarati poet was admitted to hospital after a heart attack last week and was kept on life support system. Earlier today he was shifted to his resident where he passed away.
Passing away of Chinubhai Modi is a great loss to Gujarati literature. My condolences. His works & literary flair will always be remembered.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2017
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah too shared his sorrow on the death of the famous poet. He tweeted, “My deepest condolences on the sad demise of Chinubhai Modi, an eminent gujarati poet and novelist. Chinubhai will always be remembered for his rich contribution to gujarati literature.”
Chinubhai will always be remembered for his rich contribution to gujarati literature.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 19, 2017
Chinubhai, who was also known as Irshad, was born on September 1939 and had contributed to Gujarati literature with his inspiring poetry, plays, novels and stories. He has written both metrical and non-metrical form of poetry. His main contribution towards ghazal poetry. Along with ghazal, he has written geet, sonnet, free verse and Khandakavya (long narrative poem). He was also the chairman of Kriti Film Cooperative Society since 1979. He was awarded Writer Fellowship from Department of Culture, New Delhi in 1979. Chinubhai was a pioneering poet and also an acclaimed playwright, critic, fiction writer and translator. His works have been translated into English, Hindi and other Indian languages and his plays have been staged several times. He had also served as Dean-in-charge of Department of Journalism, M. S. University, Baroda from 1992 to 1994. He worker as a freelancer in field of advertising for few years.
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Born in Vijapur, Chinubhai completed his primary education in there and secondary education from Sheth Hasanali High School in Dholka near Ahmedabad. He completed a B.A. in Gujarati and History subjects in 1958 from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, an LL.B. in 1960 from Sir L A Shah Law College (Ahmedabad), and an M.A. in Gujarati and Hindi subjects in 1961 from Gujarat University. He earned a Ph.D. in 1968 from Gujarat Vidyapith for his research Gujarati Bhashama Khandakavya (narrative poetry in Gujarati language). His guide for his Ph.D. was Mohanbhai Shankharbhai Patel.