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Gujarati Sahitya Parishad (Gujarati Literary Council) is a literary organisation for the promotion of Gujarati literature located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was founded by Ranjitram Mehta with the aim of creating literature appealing to all classes of society and cultivating a literary sense among the people. Many prominent people including Mahatma Gandhi and Kanaiyalal Munshi have presided over the organisation. Its headquarters, located on Ashram Road, is known as Govardhan Bhavan. It has a conference hall and library.

Gujarati Sahitya Parishad
Gujarati Sahitya Parishad logo.jpg
Founder(s) Ranjitram Mehta
Established 1905
President Sitanshu Yashaschandra
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Coordinates 23°02′02″N 72°34′16″E / 23.0339°N 72.5710°E / 23.0339; 72.5710Coordinates: 23°02′02″N 72°34′16″E / 23.0339°N 72.5710°E / 23.0339; 72.5710
Website www.gujaratisahityaparishad.com
Gujarati Sahitya Parishad building

Parab is the monthly magazine of the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and is published on the 10th of every month.

Ramnarayan V. Pathak Auditorium

PresidentsEdit

 
Chimanlal Mangaldas Library
President City Year
Sitanshu Yashaschandra Secunderabad 2018
Chandrakant Topiwala Bhuj 2016
Dhiru Parikh[1] Anand 2014
Varsha Adalja[2] Ahmedabad 2012
Bholabhai Patel[2] Junagadh 2011
Bhagwatikumar Sharma Surat 2009
Narayan Desai Ahmedabad 2007
Kumarpal Desai Ahmedabad 2006
Bakul Tripathi Mumbai 2005
Dhiruben Patel Mahuva 2003
Raghuveer Chaudhari Patan 2001
Dhirubhai Thaker Visnagar 1999
Niranjan Bhagat Baroda 1997
Vinod Bhatt Jamnagar 1995
Rajendra Shah Kolkata 1993
Ushnas Coimbatore 1991
Jayant Pathak Rajkot 1989
Bhogilal Sandesara Bombay 1987
Keshavram Kashiram Shastri Pune 1985
Yashwant Shukla Surat 1983
Manubhai Pancholi Hyderabad 1981
Anantrai Raval Baroda 1979
Chandravadan Mehta 1978
Ramprasad Bakshi Porbandar 1976
Gulabdas Broker Vallabh 1974
Jhinabhai Desai 'Sneharasmi' Chennai 1972
Tribhuvandas Luhar 'Sundaram' Junagadh 1970
Umashankar Joshi Delhi 1968
Jyotindra Dave Surat 1966
Rasiklal Parikh Mumbai 1964
Vishnuprasad Trivedi Kolkata 1961
Kaka Kalelkar Ahmedabad 1959
Kanaiyalal M. Munshi Nadiad 1955
Harasidhdhabhai V. Divetiya Navsari 1952
Kanaiyalal M. Munshi Nadiad 1949
Ramnarayan V. Pathak Rajkot 1946
Vidyagauri Nilkanth Baroda 1943
Ardeshar Khabardar Bombay 1941
Kanaiyalal M. Munshi Karachi 1937
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Ahmedabad 1936
Krishnalal Mohanlal Jhaveri Lathi 1931
Bhulabhai Jivanaji Desai Nadiad 1931
Anandshankar Dhruv Nadiad 1928
Ramanbhai Nilkanth Bombay 1926
Kamlashankar Trivedi Bhavnagar 1924
Ranchhodlal Udayaram Dave Baroda 1921
Hargovind D. Kantavala Ahmedabad 1920
Narsinhrao Divetia Surat 1915
Ambalal S. Desai Rajkot 1909
Keshavlal Dhruv Bombay 1907
Govardhanram Tripathi Ahmedabad 1905

ActivitiesEdit

 
Budh Sabha

It published seven volume of History of Gujarati literature, of which the first volume covers a period of 1150 A.D to 1450 A.D.[3] A weekly poetry workshop known as Budh Sabha is held on every Wednesday in the World Poetry Centet of Parishad.

It gives 30 prizes to writers in different genres of literature. The prizes given every two years are:[4]

  • Uma-Snehrashmi Prize for the best literary work
  • Shri Arvind Prize for the best book on devotional literature
  • Kakasaheb Kalelkar Prize for the best book of biography, essays, or travel
  • Bhagini Nivedita Prize is given to the best female writer
  • Batubhai Umarwadia Prize for the best one-act play
  • Jyotindra H. Dave Prize for the best humorous work
  • Parmanand Kunvarji Kapadia Prize for the best book on social education
  • P. Trivedi Prize for the best book on education
  • Ramprasad Bakshi Prize for the best book on poetic or on criticism
  • B. M. Mankad Prize for the best amongst writers first publication of poetry, drama, short story or novel
  • Harilal Maneklal Desai Prize for the best book on social philosophy or criticism
  • Ushnas Prize for the best long poem
  • Takhtasinh Parmar Prize for the best amongst writers first publication of poetry, drama, short story or novel
  • Natvar Malvi Prize for children's literature
  • Annieben Saraiya Prize for the best book on humanity
  • Mahendra Bhagat Prize for the best anthology of poem
  • Dilip Mehta Prize for the best anthology of ghazals
  • Raman Pathak Sashtipurti Prize for the best collection of short stories
  • Gopaldas Vidvans Prize for the best translation
  • Bhaskarao Vidvans Prize for the best book of sociology
  • Ramanlal Soni Prize for the best children's literature book
  • Suresh Majumdar Prize for the best female translator
  • Ramanlal Joshi Prize for the best book on criticism
  • Upendra Pandya Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis
  • Prabhashankar Teraiya Prize for the best book in linguistics or grammar
  • Pandit Bechardas Jivaraj Dhoshi Prize for the best book on Sanskrit, Prakrit and Gujarati grammar
  • Priyakant Parikh Prize for the best nove
  • Ramu Pandit Prize for the best book on human relations or economics

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dhirubhai Parikh becomes new President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad". DeshGujarat. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Varsha Adalja new President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, Prakash Bhagwati new President of GCCI". DeshGujarat. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Joshi, Ramanlal (October–December 1974). "A Crop of Fresh Telents". Indian Literature. Vol. 17 (Issue 4): 13. JSTOR 23329892. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Abichandani, Param A; Dutt, K C. (2005). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Supplementary Entries and Index (2nd ed.). New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. pp. 4690 – 4691. OCLC 34346409.