Prof. Chandravadan Chimanlal Mehta
Padma Shri (1962), Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1936), Narmad Suvarna Chandrak (1942), Kumar Chandrak awarded (1950).
Bibliographer, Poet, Story writer, Autobiographer, Travel writer and Broadcaster.
Education: He matriculated in 1919 and completed B. A. in Gujarati from the Elphinstone College, Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1924.
Biography: Chandravadan Mehta was born on 6 April, 1901 in Surat. His primary education was in Vadodara and secondary education in Surat. He joined Mahatma Gandhi in the Bardoli Satyagraha. He also joined Navbharat daily as an editor in 1928. From 1933 to 1936, he taught at New Era High School, Mumbai. He joined the All India Radio (AIR)-Bombay in 1938 and became the director of AIR-Ahmedabad in 1954. During his tenure, he developed the broadcasting culture in Gujarat, wrote and produced several radio plays and documentaries with directors like Adi Marzban and others. After retirement, he was associated with the performing arts departments of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and the Gujarat Vidyapith. He pioneered the theatre education in India and started diploma and degree courses in theatre in the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He represented India in the international theatre fora.
He died on 4 May 1999.