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Pannalal Nanalal Patel (May 7, 1912 - April 6, 1989) was a renowned Gujarati author. He was the recipient of Jnanpith Award in 1985. Manavini Bhavai, published in 1947, is one of the most celebrated novels of Patel and many believe that he won the award specifically for this novel. It is rated by many critics as the most powerful portrayal of Gujarat's rural life and the struggles surrounding it.