Priyakant Premachand Maniyar (24 January 1927 – 25 June 1976) was a Gujarati poet from Gujarat, India. He published seven collections of symbolic and imagist poetry, and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award posthumously in 1982 for Lilero Dhal (1979), a collection of love songs about Radha and Krishna.
|Born||24 January 1927|
Viramgam, British India
|Died||25 June 1976 (aged 49)|
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Priyakant Maniyar was born to Premachand and Premakunwar in Viramgam (now in Gujarat, India) on 24 January 1927. His parents had migrated to Viramgam from Amreli for business. He was the second of five children. He started his primary school education at Mandal, where he studied until second grade, however he dropped out of New High School in Ahmedabad a few years later. Around this time he wrote his first poem, Pankhi ane Dano (Lit. Bird and Bird-seed), and submitted it for publication in Kumar magazine. Bachubhai Ravat, an editor of Kumar, suggested him to join the Budh Sabha, a weekly literary workshop. Maniyar was a bangle-maker by profession.
Priyankant Maniyar is considered as one of the four major poets of the Niranjan school, a literary school named after poet Niranjan Bhagat. Other major poets of this school include Hasmukh Pathak and Nalin Raval.
Maniyar wrote symbolic and imagist poetry, and published seven collections of poems: Pratik (Sumbol; 1953), Ashabda Ratri (Silent Night; 1959), Sparsha (Touch; 1966), Sameep (Nearness; 1972), Prabal Gati (Powerful Speed; 1974), Vyom Lipi (Sky's Alphabet; 1979) and Lilero Dhal (Green Slope; 1979). His poems are composed in metrical, prosodic, orthometric and blank verses.
Lilero Dhal is a collection of love songs of Radha and Krishna. The book also contains songs that depict the beauty of nature, mountains, springs, clouds, and rainbows. The songs became very popular among poetry lovers, as they are melodious and composed in folk tunes.
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