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Language  Gujarati
Notable works  Natya Gathariyan
Nationality  Indian
Name  Chandravadan Mehta

Ethnicity  Gujarati
Role  Playwright
Citizenship  Indian
Died  1992
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Born  April 6, 1901 Surat, British India (1901-04-06)
Occupation  Playwright, Critic, Self-writer, Poet,Travel writer
Awards  Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre - Playwriting (Gujarati)
Notable awards  Sahitya Akademi Award (1971), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1984)

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Chandravadan Chimanlal Mehta, (Hindi: चंद्रवदन मेहता Gujarati: ચંદ્રવદન મહેતા; April 6, 1901 – 1992), also referred as C. C. Mehta or Chan. Chi. Mehta, was a Gujarati playwright, critic, self-writer, poet and travel writer, based in Vadodara.

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Life

Chandravadan Mehta was born on 6 April 1901 in Surat. His primary education was in Vadodara and secondary education in Surat. He matriculated in 1919 and completed Bachelor of Arts from Elphinstone College in 1924. In 1928, he joined Mahatma Gandhi in Bardoli Satyagraha. He also joined Navbharat as an editor in 1928. From 1933 to 1936, he taught at New Era High School, Mumbai. He joined Akashvani in 1938 and became the director of Akashvani, Ahmedabad in 1954.

Works

His play Aag Gadi (Fire Engine), about an ailing fireman, marked the rise of amateur theatre movement in Gujarati theatre. Mehta went to write over 25 plays, numerous one act plays and radio plays; then in 1970, he himself translated his most known work, Aag Gadi as Iron Road.

Mehta also composed the Anthem of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Legacy

In 1960, at Vienna Conference at the International Theatre Institute under the aegis of UNESCO, he moved a resolution to celebrate March 27, as World Theatre Day. A play based on his life, Trijo Purush was written by Raghuveer Chaudhari.

Awards

He received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1936 and Narmad Suvarna Chandrak in 1942. He rejected Kumar Chandrak awarded to him in 1950. In 1962, He was awarded Padma Shri.

He won the 1971 Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati language for his travelogue Natya Gathariyan. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Playwriting in Gujarati in 1971, given by India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. In 1984, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship the highest honour conferred by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He received Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar for the year 1991.

References

Chandravadan Mehta Wikipedia


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