Rajendra Shukla

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Rajendra Shukla is a Gujarati poet. He taught at various places before voluntarily retiring. He published several poetry collections which won him several major Gujarati literary awards.

Life[edit]

He was born on 12 October 1942 in Bantwa village near Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He completed his secondary education from his native town. He was educated at L. D. Arts College in Ahmedabad where he completed B. A. in 1965 and M. A. 1967 in Sanskrit and Prakrit subjects. He taught at various institutions until 1982.[1] He has been influenced by the poetry of Narasinh Mehta, a saint of medieval Gujarat.[2][3]

Shukla is married to Nayana Jani, a Gujarati poet.[4] After teaching Sanskrit at Dahod, he left teaching voluntarily to educate his children without schooling as an experiment. He resides in Ahmedabad.[3]

Works[edit]

He has published several poetry collections: Komal Rishabh (1970), Antar Gandhar (1981) and Gazal Samhita (2007).[3]

Recognition[edit]

Shukla was awarded by the Government of Gujarat for the best anthology of poetry of 1970 for Komal Rishabh which he shared with poet Ramesh Parekh. He was again awarded by the Government of Gujarat for the best anthology of poetry of 1981 for Antar Gandhar. He was also awarded Kavi Nhanalal Prize in 1981 and Uma-Sneharashmi Prize, 1980-1981 for Antar Gandhar.[3][1] He is a recipient of Gujarat Sahitya Academy Award for Ghazal Samhita as the Best Anthology of Gujarati poetry in 2005. He also received the Narsinh Mehta Award, the highest award being given to contemporary poet in 2006.[5] He was awarded Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 2006. He also received Sahitya Academy Award for Ghazal Samhita in 2007.[6] He also received Narmad Chandrak in 2008, Vali Gujarati Gazal Award in 2009, Lekharatna award and Kalapi Award in 2001.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kothari, Rita (1998). Modern Gujarati Poetry: A Selection. Sahitya Akademi. p. 82. ISBN 978-8-12600-294-8. 
  2. ^ Shukla-Bhatt, Neelima (2014). Narasinha Mehta of Gujarat: A Legacy of Bhakti in Songs and Stories. Oxford University Press. pp. 128, 165, 261. ISBN 978-0-19997-642-3. 
  3. ^ a b c d "રાજેન્દ્ર શુક્લ, ગુજરાતી સાહિત્ય પરિષદ - Rajendra Shukla, Gujarati Sahitya Parishad". Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ Adhyanu-Majithia, Priya (2 May 2013). "Coffee mates boost literary culture in city". DNA. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  5. ^ Shukla-Bhatt, Neelima (2014). Narasinha Mehta of Gujarat: A Legacy of Bhakti in Songs and Stories. Oxford University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-19997-642-3. 
  6. ^ Sadana, Rashmi (2012). English Heart, Hindi Heartland: The Political Life of Literature in India. University of California Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-52095-229-4. 

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