Shri Rajendra Keshavlal Shah
Kumar Chandrak (1947), Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1956), Sahitya Akademi Award (1963), Suvarna Chandrak presented (1980), Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar (1992) and Narsinh Mehta Award (1999). Jnanpith Award, literary award (2001).
Lyrical poet & Author.
Education: He earned his bachelors in philosophy from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, and thereafter, started his career by teaching school students in Ahmedabad.
Biography: Rajendra Keshavlal Shah (28 January 1913 – 2 January 2010) was Born in Kapadvanj, he was influenced by Rabindranath Tagore. He is considered as one of the giants of post Gandhi-era in Gujarati literature.
The judges noted, "his intensity of emotion and innovation in form and expression which set him apart as a poet of great significance. The mystical tone of his poetry stems from the tradition of great medieval masters like Narsinh Mehta, Kabir and Akho
Among his various professions, Shah was also a publisher in Mumbai, where he launched the poetry magazine Kavilok in 1957. The press itself became an important Sunday meeting-place for Gujarati poets. Apart from writing poetry, Shah also translated into Gujarati Tagore's poetry collection Balaaka; Jayadeva's Gita Govinda; Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; and Dante's The Divine Comedy.
In 1930, he discontinued from the study, as he was arrested in Civil disobedience movement and sentenced to the jail. In 1931, he married Manjula Agrawal. Later, in 1934He died on 2 January 2010 in Mumbai.