Lyrical Poet

... Rajendra Shah Kheda



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University of Baroda

Story of Life

He did his bachelors in philosophy from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, and thereafter, started his career by teaching school students in Ahmedabad.

Famous For

Rajendra Keshavlal Shah was a lyrical poet who wrote in Gujarati. Born in Kapadvanaj, he authored more than 20 collections of poems and songs, mainly on the themes of the beauty of nature, and about the everyday lives of indigenous peoples and fisherfolk communities. In his poems using Sanskrit metrics, he was influenced by Rabindranath Tagore. He is considered as one of the giants of post Gandhi-era in Gujarati literature.


Among his various professions, Shah was also a printer in Mumbai, where he launched the poetry magazine Kavilok in 1957.[2] 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.

Shah won the Jnanpith Award for 2001. 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.”


Jnanpith Award for 2001