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Geeta Suryakant Parikh (born 11 August 1929) is an Indian poet who writes in Gujarati. Educated in philosophy, she has published two poetry collections.


Geeta Parikh was born on 11 August 1929 in Bhavnagar in a Jain family of Vijayaben and Paramanand Kapadia.[1][2] Her father was a social worker and independence activist. She completed her primary and secondary school education from the Fellowship School in Bombay (now Mumbai). She matriculated in 1945. She completed BA in Entire Philosophy with second class in 1949 from the Wilson College and later MA in the same subject in 1952. In 1988, she received PhD for her thesis Arvachin Gujarati Kavayitrio (Modern Gujarati Women Poets) under Dhiru Parikh. She briefly taught in a college.[1]

In 1953, she married Suryakant Parikh who was active in Land Gift movement and supported him in his activities.[1] After having children, she shifted her focus on the family. She worked with the English Club of Sharda Mandir school in Ahmedabad. She also learned classical and other forms of music starting 1974.[1]

Literary careerEdit

In 1950, Parikh learned metres from Ramnarayan V. Pathak and was guided by Rajendra Shah. She started developing interest in poetry and her first poem "Maru Lagna" (My Marriage) was published in Kumar in 1951.[1]

Parikh has written almost all forms of poem. She has written more than 900 poems[1] and selected one hundred to be published in the collection Purvi in 1966. These poems focus on sentiments of love, married life, and philosophy. Purvi was awarded the First Prize by the Government of Gujarat. In 1979, she published her second poetry collection, Bhinash, which included poems on nature, family life, death of parents, and devotion.[1][3][4]

Parikh has also written a brief biography collection titled Sitter Gujarati Kavayitrio (Seventy Gujarati Women Poets, 1985), which includes biographies from her thesis. Kavyaspandita (1988) is a collection of criticism.[1][3] She co-edited essays of her father in Chintanyatra (1974) and translated poems of Vimala Thakar in Navo Palato (1963).[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Brahmabhatt, Prasad (2007). અર્વાચીન ગુજરાતી સાહિત્યનો ઈતિહાસ (ગાંધીયુગ અને અનુગાંધી યુગ) Arvachin Gujarati Sahityano Itihas (Gandhiyug Ane Anugandhi Yug) [History of Modern Gujarati Literature (Gandhi Era & Post-Gandhi Era)] (in Gujarati). Ahmedabad: Parshwa Publication. pp. 267–268.
  2. ^ George, K. M. (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology: Surveys and poems. Sahitya Akademi. p. 143. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0.
  3. ^ a b Indian Literature. Sahitya Akademi. 1992. pp. 105–106.
  4. ^ Natarajan, Nalini; Emmanuel Sampath Nelson (1996). Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-313-28778-7.