Rajendra Shukla (poet)

Rajendra Anantrai Shukla is a Gujarati poet. He taught at various places before voluntarily retiring. He published several poetry collections which won him several major Gujarati literary awards.[citation needed]

Rajendra Shukla
Ahmedabad, May 2017
Ahmedabad, May 2017
BornRajendra Anantrai Shukla
(1942-10-12) 12 October 1942 (age 78)
Bantva, Junagadh district, Gujarat
EducationMaster of Arts
Notable awards
SpouseNayna Jani


Chinu Modi on mic, than Chandrakant Sheth, Rajendra Shukla and Madhav Ramanuj at Vallabh Vidyanagar, 1992

He was born on 12 October 1942 in Bantwa village near Junagadh, Gujarat, India. His family is native of Wadhwan. He completed his primary education from Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Bantwa and Majevadi. He completed his secondary education from Junagadh and Ahmedabad. He started his college education from Bahauddin College, Junagadh. He completed B. A. in 1965 in Sanskrit and Prakrit from L. D. Arts College, Ahmedabad and M. A. in the same subjects in 1967 from School of Languages, Gujarat University. He taught at various institutions until 1982.[1][2][3][4]

Shukla is married to Nayana Jani, a Gujarati poet.[5] After teaching Sanskrit at Dahod, he left teaching voluntarily in 1982 to educate his children without schooling as an experiment. He resides in Ahmedabad.[3][4]


with Madhav Ramanuj in Gujarati Literature Festival, Ahmedabad, 18 December 2016

He studied poetry from Takhtasinhji Parmar along with Manoj Khanderia and Shyam Sadhu.[6]

He is influenced by the poetry of Narasinh Mehta, a saint-poet of medieval Gujarat as well as modernist poetry of Re Math poets.[1][4] His first poem was published in Kumar magazine in 1962.[4] He has published several poetry collections: Komal Rishabh (1970), Antar Gandhar (1981) and five volumes of Gazal Samhita (2005). Swavachakni Shodh (1972) is his long poem.[3][4]


Shukla was awarded by the Government of Gujarat for the best anthology of poetry of 1970 for Komal Rishabh which he shared with poet Ramesh Parekh. He was again awarded by the Government of Gujarat for the best anthology of poetry of 1981 for Antar Gandhar. He was also awarded Kavi Nhanalal Prize in 1981 and Uma-Snehrashmi Prize, 1980–1981 for Antar Gandhar. He is a recipient of Gujarat Sahitya Academy Award for Ghazal Samhita as the Best Anthology of Gujarati poetry in 2005. He also received the Narsinh Mehta Award, the highest award being given to contemporary poet in 2006. He was awarded Sanskar Chandrak in 1980 and Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 2006. He also received Sahitya Academy Award for Ghazal Samhita in 2007. He also received Narmad Suvarna Chandrak in 2008, Vali Gujarati Gazal Award in 2009, Lekharatna award and Kalapi Award in 2001.[3][2][4][7][8]


  1. ^ a b Shukla-Bhatt, Neelima (2014). Narasinha Mehta of Gujarat: A Legacy of Bhakti in Songs and Stories. Oxford University Press. pp. 128, 165, 261. ISBN 978-0-19997-642-3.
  2. ^ a b Kothari, Rita (1998). Modern Gujarati Poetry: A Selection. Sahitya Akademi. p. 82. ISBN 978-8-12600-294-8.
  3. ^ a b c d "રાજેન્દ્ર શુક્લ (Rajendra Shukla)". Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Brahmabhatt, Prasad (2010). અર્વાચીન ગુજરાતી સાહિત્યનો ઈતિહાસ – આધુનિક અને અનુઆધુનિક યુગ (History of Modern Gujarati Literature – Modern and Postmodern Era) (in Gujarati). Ahmedabad: Parshwa Publication. pp. 102–105. ISBN 978-93-5108-247-7.
  5. ^ Adhyanu-Majithia, Priya (2 May 2013). "Coffee mates boost literary culture in city". DNA. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. ^ Bhatt, Kanaiyalal (March 2017). Jha, Bhagyesh (ed.). "Interview with poet Rajendra Shukla". Shabdasrishti (in Gujarati). Gandhinagar: Gujarat Sahitya Akademi. p. 53.
  7. ^ Sadana, Rashmi (2012). English Heart, Hindi Heartland: The Political Life of Literature in India. University of California Press. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-52095-229-4.
  8. ^ Shukla-Bhatt, Neelima (2014). Narasinha Mehta of Gujarat: A Legacy of Bhakti in Songs and Stories. Oxford University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-19997-642-3.

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