Gujarati Poet

... Umashankar Joshi Sabarkantha



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he took Admission in Gujarat College, Ahmedabad and continued his education there till 1930. Then he took admission in Elphinstone College, Mumbai for BA. and there he was graduated with second division in Economics and History. After that, he got MA with first division in Gujarati and Sanskrit from Mumbai University.

Story of Life

Umashankar Joshi was born in small village named Bamna village (now in Bhiloda Taluka of Aravalli district, Gujarat). He was Brahmin from the caste named Trivedi Mewada Brahmin Barishi.[citation needed] His father, Jethalal Kamalji was a Karbhari in small jagirs. His Mother was Navalbai. He had eight siblings: six brothers and two sisters.

Umashankar Joshi received inspiration for creative writing from the beautiful surroundings of the hilly region and the social life of the villages and fairs and festivals held there.

Famous for

Umashankar Jethalal Joshi was an eminent poet, scholar and writer. He received the Jnanpith Award in 1967 for his contribution to Indian, especially Gujarati literature. Poet, Novelist, Short story writer.


President – Gujarati Sahitya Parishad (1968)

President – Sahitya Akademi (1978–1982)

Vice-Chancellor – Gujarat University (1970)

Member – Rajya Sabha, Upper House of the Indian Parliament


Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak(1939)

Narmad Suvarna Chandrak(1943)

Uma-Snehrashmi Prize(1963-64-65)

Sahitya Academy Award(1973)