રાજેશ પરમાભાઈ વણકર
|Born||Rajesh Parmabhai Vankar|
September 4, 1981
Bahi (Shahera), Panchmahal, Gujarat
|Occupation||Poet, writer, editor|
|Period||postmodern Gujarati literature|
|Genre||short story, ghazal, Geet, free verse|
|Notable awards||Yuva Puraskar (2015)|
|Years active||1995 - present|
|Thesis||A study of the function of setting in Gujarati short stories|
|Doctoral advisor||Jayesh Bhogayta|
Rajesh Vankar was born on 4 September 1981 in Bahi, village in Shehra of Panchmahal district. He is native of Rampura Jodka near Godhra, Gujarat. He took his primary education from Prathamik Shala Rampura and Prathamik Shala Jodka. He completed his Std. 12 in 1999 from Shri G.D Shah and Pandya High School, Mahelol. He started his college from J.L.K Kotecha and Gardi College, Kankanpur in 2000 but failed in exam of first year. Then, he took admission in Gujarati department of M.S University and graduated in 2004. He obtained his Ph.D degrees in 2009 from the same university for his research Gujarati Tunki Vartama Pariveshni Karyasadhakta (Function of Setting in Gujarati short stories). His guide for Ph.D. Degree was Jayesh Bhogayta, a Gujarati writer. In 2012, he earned M.Phil. from Gujarati Department of Mumbai University for his research Vicharti Vimukta Jatini Vartao (Sories of nomadic communities). Vankar married Hetal in 2013, and they have a son, Bhargav.
He has been writing poetry from a young age and was first published at the age of fifteen. In 2003, his short story came out for first time in Tadarthya, a Gujarati language monthly journal. Subsequently, His writing has also been published in Tadarthya, Kavi, Tamanna, Hayati', Dalitchetna, Shabdasrishti, and Tathapi.
He has served as assistant professor at the Government Arts and Science College, Morva (Hadaf) near Godhra since 2015. Before that, he taught at graduate and postgraduate level at M.S University, Vadodara. He is a member in a committee of Kabir Dalit Sahitya Award since 2012 and also serving as a secretary of Panchmahal Pradesh Yuva Vikas Sanstha.
His works include a collection of poetry, Tarbheto (2009) and a collection of short stories, Malo (2009). Pidapratyayant (2012) and Tunki Vartani Vaat (2021) are works of literary criticism by him.
- Gujarati Tunki Vartama Pariveshni Karyasadhakta (Ph.D. theses; 2012)
- Dalit Chetna Kendri Tunki Vartama Parivesh (2012)
- Vicharti Vimukta Jatinu Sahitya (M.Phil. theses; 2015)
- Turi Barot Samaajno Abhyas
- Kalapina Kavyono Aswad (2014)
- Navi Dharti Navo Mol (Poems of contemporary new poets)
His research work Gujarati Tunki Vartama Pariveshni Karyasadhakta (Function of setting in Gujarati Short Stories) have won The Best Book Prize (2012) instituted by Gujarat Sahitya Akademi. In 2015, he was awarded Yuva Puraskar by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi for his short story collection Maalo.
- "ગોધરાના યુવા સર્જકને ગૌરવ પુરસ્કારની જાહેરાત કરવામાં આવી". Divya Bhaskar (in Gujarati). 10 March 2016. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- Parmar, Manoj. "Parichay: Dr.Rajesh Vankar". Dalitchetna (January 2014): 1. ISSN 2319-7862.
- Parmar, Manoj (October 2017). Pratiti. Ahmedabad: Rannade Prakashan. pp. 352–353. ISBN 978-93-86685-28-5.
- Sharma, Radheshyam (2012). Saksharno Sakshatkar (Question-based Interviews with biographical literary sketches). Vol. 20. Ahmedabad: Rannade Prakashan. pp. 202–211.
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- "Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2015" published by Sahitya Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi - 110001
- Rajesh Vankar on GujLit