Gulab Khandelwal (Hindi: गुलाब खंडेलवाल) an Indian poet was born in the town of Navalgarh, Rajasthan (India) on 21st Feb 1924. He has written poetry in different forms such as Lyrics, Sonnets, Rubais (Quatrains), Dohas (Couplets), Odes, Elegies, Lyrical Ballads, Epics, Poetic Dramas, Ghazals, Masnavi,etc. with equal feleicity. He has even introduced some of these forms into Hindi Literature and apart from Hindi, has also written poetry in Urdu and English. The span of his poetic language touches upon Sanskrit on one end and Urdu on the other.


He spent his childhood and received his early education at Gaya, Bihar. He received his undergraduate education at the Banaras Hindu University, graduating with a BA in 1943. While in Banaras, he came into contact with the great luminaries of Hindi Literature, including poets Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala', Maithili Sharan Gupt, Hariaudh, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Bedhab Benarasi; critics like Pt.Ramchandra Shukla, Nand Dulare Bajpayee, Pt. ShriNarayan Chaturvedi; and scholars like SampoornaNand Ji, Kamlapati Tripathi, SitaRam Chaturvedi, and his inborn poetic faculty matured.

Literary Career

He started writing poetry at an early age. His first volume of poems was published in 1941 with preface by the famous poet Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala'. Since then, more than 50 volumes of his poems and 2 dramatic works in prose have been published, some of which have been digitized by the Digital Library of India. Six of his books have received awards from the Uttar Pradesh government and one has received an award from the Bihar government.

He has translated some of his poems in English in Gulab Khandelwal: Selected Poems, which was published in 1986 with preface by Dr. Karan Singh, ex-Prince of Kashmir. He has been the president of Archana a literary society of Kolkata founded in the fiftees and has presided over many events organized by literary organizations, such as Archana He has worked extensively with other Hindi poets.

For the last eighteen years he has been the president of Akhil Bhartiya Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Prayag. He is also the president of Bharati Parishad, an organization founded by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya. For fifteen years he has been the senior member of the editorial board of ‘Vishwa Magazine’, a tri-monthly literary magazine published in Hindi in the U.S.A., the journal of the International Hindi Association. He is currently the president of International Hindi Association.

Currently, he mostly lives in the U.S.A. but visits India every year and is still active in his literary pursuit. He has worked extensively with Indian organizations in the United States and has also presided on meetings in New York on "Vishwa Hindi Sammelan", an organization which strives towards the firm establishment of the Hindi language.

His poetry is unparalleled in both, quality and quantity. The full potential of his poetic work is yet to be discovered. He is still active after producing more than fifty volumes of poetry. At the age of 82, he wrote his auto-biography ज़िन्दगी है कोई किताब नहीं (Zindagi Hai Koi Kitab Nahi).


Some of his books were presented awards by Hindi Sansthan (U.P. Government), India

Usha – by U.P. Government in 1967
Roop Ki Dhoop – by U.P. Government in 1971
Sau Gulab Khile – by U.P. Government in 1975
Kuchh Aur Gulab – by U.P. Government in 1980
Ahalya – Vishisht Puraskar by U.P. Government in 1980
Har Subah Ek Taza Gulab – Nirala Puraskar by U.P. Government in 1989
Adhunik Kavi-19 – Akhil Bharatiya Granth Puraskar by Bihar Government
Ahalya – Akhil Bharatiya Rambhakti Puraskar by Hanuman Mandir Trust, Kolkata, 1984

Some of his books were selected as textbooks for colleges:

Kach Devyani - Had been in Intermediate in Magadh University, Bihar (India)
Usha (Mahakavya) - Had been in B.A. in Magadh University, Bihar (India)
Ahalya (Khand-kavya) - Had been subject for dissertation in Awadh University, U.P. (India)
Ahalya (Khand-kavya) - Had been in B.A. in Magadh University, Bihar (India)
Alok-Vritt (Khand-kavya) - Had been in B.A. in Magadh University, Bihar (India)
Alok-Vritt (Khand-kavya) - Is in Intermediate Board in Uttar Pradesh (India) since 1976

Gulab Khandelwal's Works:

Anbindhe Moti
Usar Ka Phool
Nupur Bandhe Charan
Seepi Rachit Ret
Prem Kalindi
Shabdon Se Pare
Adhunik Kavi - 19 Gulab Khandelwal
Prem Vina
Antah Salila
Desh Virana Hai
Bali Nirvas
Bhavon Ka Rajkumar
Kach Devyani
Chandan Ki kalam Shahad Mein Dubo Dubo kar
Gandhi Bharati
Aayu Banee Prastavana
Meri Urdu Ghazalen
Roop Ki Dhoop
RajRajeshwar Ashok
Bikhare Phool
Mere Bharat Mere Swadesh
Kumkum Ke Chhinte
Alok Vritt
Sau Gulab Khile
Pankhuriyan Gulab Ki
Kuchh Aur Gulab
Har Subah Ek Taza Gulab
Naye Prabhat Ki Angdaiyiyan
Vyakti Ban Kar Aa
Boonde Jo Moti Ban Gayee
Kasturi Kundal Base
Ret Par Chamakti Maniyan
Ek Chandrabimb Thahra Huwa
Sab Kuchh Krishnarpanam
Bhakti Ganga
Hum To Gaa Kar Mukt Huye
Kitne Jivan Kitni Baar
Nao Sindhi Mein Chhodi
Tilak Kare Raghuvir
Karuna Triveni
Prit Na Kariyo Koi
Nahin Viram Liya Hai
Tujhe Paya Apne Ko Kho Kar
Diya Jag Ko Tujhse Jo Paya

Poems by Gulab Khandelwal

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