|Suresh Bhat : A Marathi Ghazal Samrat|
A great poet born in the soil of Amravati, Suresh Bhat brought about a revolution through his poetry by writing ghazals in Marathi, a popular form of poetry. He was also known as “The Ghazal Samrat” of Marathi. Suresh Bhat was born on 15th April 1932 in Amravati, in a Brahmin family.
He was very fond of poetry from his childhood and he learnt many poems by heart when he was young. He was just two and a half years old, when he contracted polio. The disease left his right leg incapacitated for the rest of his life. After 2 failure attempts he finally passed B.A. in 1955. Bhat continued writing poems whilst holding various teaching jobs in rural areas around Amravati.
His popular collections of poems/gazals include Elgar , Rang Majha Vegala , Roopgandha , Zanzawat , Yashogandha, of which Roopgandha and Rang Majha Vegala won Maharashtra state literary awards.
Many of his poems were composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar and sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar.
Some of his poems which turned into all time popular songs include …
Mendichya paanavar man ajun – Lata Mangeshkar
And highly acclaimed romantic songs..
Malvoon tak deep – Lata Mangeshkar
Bhat was the president of 39th Vidarbha Sahitya Sammelan held at Gadchiroli.
Suresh Bhat died of cardiac arrest on March 14, 2003 at the age of 71.