Chandravadan Mehta

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Chandravadan Chimanlal Mehta
Born (1901-04-06)April 6, 1901
Surat, British India
Died 1992
Occupation Playwright, Critic, Self-writer, Poet,Travel writer
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Gujarati
Citizenship Indian
Notable works Natya Gathariyan
Notable awards Sahitya Academy Award (1971)
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1984)

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Chandravadan Chimanlal Mehta, (Hindi: चंद्रवदन मेहता Gujarati: ચંદ્રવદન મહેતા; April 6, 1901 – 1992),[1] also referred as C. C. Mehta,[1] was a Gujarati playwright, critic, self-writer, poet and travel writer, based in Vadodara.[2] His play Aag Garhi (Fire Engine), about an ailing fireman, marked the rise of amateur theatre movement in Gujarati theatre.[3][4][5] Mehta went to write over 25 plays, numerous one act plays and radio plays; then in 1970, he himself translated his most known work, Aag Garhi as Iron Road.[6]

He won the 1971 Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati language for his travelogue Natya Gathariyan.[1][7] He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Playwriting in Gujarati in 1971, given by India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.[8] In 1984, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.[9]

Early life[edit]

Chandravadan Mehta was born on April 6, 1901 in Surat.[1] His primary education was in Vadodara and secondary education in Surat.[1]


In 1960, at Vienna Conference at the International Theatre Institute under the aegis of Unesco, he moved a resolution to celebrate March 27, as World Theatre Day.[2] A play based on his life, Trijo Purush was written by Raghuveer Chaudhari.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e Topiwala, Chandrakanth. "સાહિત્યસર્જક: ચંદ્રવદન મહેતા" [Writer: Chandravadan Mehta] (in Gujarati). Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. 
  2. ^ a b "First Gujarati theatre group came up in 1878". The Times of India. Mar 27, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hochman, p. 37
  4. ^ Chambers, p. 382
  5. ^ Tevani, p. 50
  6. ^ George, p. 179
  7. ^ "Sanskrit Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007". Sahitya Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 2008. 
  8. ^ "SNA: List of Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi Official website. 
  9. ^ "SNA: List of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Puraskarwinners (Akademi Fellows)". Official website. 
  10. ^ Śaileśa Ṭevāṇī (1 January 2003). C.C. Mehta. Sahitya Akademi. p. 87. ISBN 978-81-260-1676-1. 


See also[edit]

Preceded by
Nagindas Parekh
Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Gujarati
Succeeded by
Umashankar Joshi