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Govind Vināyak Karandikar

Born 23 August 1918(1918-08-23)
Ghalval, Dist. Sindhudurg
Died 14 March 2010 (aged 91)
Occupation Writer, Poet, Essayist and Critic
Spouse(s) Sumati Karandikar

Govind Vināyak Karandikar (Marathi: गोविंद विनायक करंदीकर) (August 23, 1918 — March 14, 2010) , better known as Vindā Karandikar (Marathi: विंदा करंदीकर), was a well-known Marathi poet and writer. He was also an essayist, literary critic, and a translator. He was conferred with 39th Jnanpith Award in 2003, which is the highest literary award in India. He also received some other awards for his literary work including Keshavasut Prize, Soviet Land Nehru Literary Award, Kabir Samman, and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1996 [1]

Life and works

Karandikar was born on August 23, 1918, at Ghalval village in the present-day Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.[2]

Karandikar's poetic works include Svedgangā (River of Sweat) (1949), Mrudgandha (1954), Dhrupad (1959), Jātak (1968), and Virupika (1980). Two anthologies of his selected poems, Sanhita (1975) and Adimaya (1990) were also published. His poetic works for children include Rānichā Bāg (1961), Sashyāche Kān (1963), and Pari Ga Pari (1965).

Experimentation has been a feature of Karandikar's Marathi poems. He also translated his own poems in English, which were published as "Vinda Poems" (1975). He also modernized old Marathi literature like Dnyaneshwari and Amrutānubhawa.[3]

Besides having been a prominent Marathi poet, Karandikar has contributed to Marathi literature as an essayist, a critic, and a translator. He translated Poetics of Aristotle and King Lear of Shakespeare in Marathi.

Karandikar's collections of short essays include Sparshaachi Palvi (1958) and Akashacha Arth (1965). Parampara ani Navata (1967), is a collection of his analytical reviews.[2]

Karandikar was the only third Marathi writer to have won the Jnanpith award in the year 2003 for his work called Ashtadarshan (poetry), after Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar (1974) and Vishnü Vāman Shirwādkar (Kusumagraj) (1987).

Vinda Karindikar died on 14 March 2010 at the age of 91 in Mumbai.


Further reading

  • Heyman, Michael; Sumanyu Satpathy and Anushka Ravishankar (2007). The Tenth Rasa : An Anthology of Indian Nonsense. New Delhi: Penguin. ISBN 0143100866.  This volume includes several translations to English of Karandikar's nonsense verse.



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