Haji Mohammed Allarakha Shivji

  (Redirected from Hajimahamad Allarakha)

Haji Mohammed Allarakha Shivji (13 December 1878 – 21 January 1921), also spelled Hajji Mohammad Alarakhiya, was a Gujarati literary journalist and author.

Haji Mohammed Allarakha Shivji
Haji Mohammed Allarakha Shivji.jpg
Born(1878-12-13)13 December 1878
Died21 January 1921(1921-01-21) (aged 42)
Bombay, British India
OccupationJournalist, writer
Years active1914–1921
Known forVismi Sadi periodical


Haji Mohammed Allarakha Shivji was born on 13 December 1878 in Bombay to a Khoja Ismailii businessman. He was a native of Kutch. He studied Gujarati initially at home, and later studied up to the sixth grade at Fort Highschool in Bombay. After 1895, he studied Hindi, English and Marathi. In order to bring magazine like The Strand Magazine in Gujarati, he founded Visami Sadi (The Twentieth Century), a pictorial periodical in 1914 and published it from 1916 to 1920.[1][2] He sold three family mansions and invested around Rs 1.5 crore for the magazine. It became popular but he never recovered any money from it. He was a connoisseur of art. He died in an accident in Bombay on 21 January 1921.[3][4]


Cover of 1916 issue of Visami Sadi. Cover Art by M. V. Dhurandhar.

Allarakha is best known for his periodical Visami Sadi. He wrote and translated several works under pen name, Salim. Mogal Rang Mahel and Shish Mahel are his stories. Meharunnisa athwa Shahenshah Jahangir ane Noorjahan no Prem (1904) is his play with Urdu shayaris. Rashida (1908) is his novel.[3]

Suchet Singh established Oriental Film Manufacturing Company of Bombay with help of Allarakha in 1919.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Smt. Hiralaxmi Navanitbhai Shah Dhanya Gurjari Kendra (2007). Gujarat. Gujarat Vishvakosh Trust. p. 457.
  2. ^ Mansukhlal Maganlal Jhaveri (1978). History of Gujarati Literature. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 153.
  3. ^ a b "હાજી અલારખિયા" (in Gujarati). Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  4. ^ Mahurkar, Uday (20 August 2007). "Chronicles Regenerated A century-old Gujarati literary magazine, Visamisadi, has been digitised and given a new lease of life". India Today  – via HighBeam (subscription required). Archived from the original on 5 May 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. ^ K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9.

External linksEdit