Sitanshu Yashaschandra

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Sitanshu Yashaschandra
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Sitanshu Yashaschandra at his home - March 2016
Born Sitanshu Yashaschandra Mehta
August 1941 (age 76–77)
Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India
Occupation poet, critic
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi Award, Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak

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Sitanshu Yashaschandra Mehta, also known as Sitanshu Yashaschandra (born 1941), is Gujarati language poet, playwright, translator and academic from India.[1]

He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, writer in 1987 for his poetry collection Jatayu. Subsequently, he was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by Government of India, in 2006.[2]


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Sitanshu with his wife and Om Prakash Kohli at Sahitya Gaurav Award ceremony, 2014 at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad

He was born on 18 August 1941 at Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India.[3][4]


He has taught Gujarati at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from 1972. He served as a visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University, Loyola Marymount University, and Jadavpur University. He was an Emeritus Professor and National Lecturer at University Grant Commission. He had been the chief editor of the Encyclopedia of Indian Literature published by Sahitya Akademi.[3][5][6] He was awarded Fulbright Scholarship and Ford West European Fellowship for research in field of comparative literature. He worked in the same field at Indiana University, USA and at University of Bombay.[3][5]

Yashaschandra served as Vice-Chancellor of Saurashtra University.


He wrote mainly in Gujarati but his works are translated into Hindi and other languages. He has translated some works of poetry, drama and criticism from English to Gujarati.[3] Surrealism is considered as his signature style.[7][8]

He wrote screenplay of 1993 Hindi film Maya Memsaab which was based on Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.[9]

Selected works

  • Odysseus nu Halesu, R R Sheth & Co., Mumbai and Ahmedabad, 1974
  • Moe jo dado (Poetry on audio cassette), 1978
  • Jatayu, R R Sheth & Co., Mumbai and Ahmedabad, 1986
  • Vakhar, R R Sheth & Co., Mumbai and Ahmedabad, 2008
  • Aa Manas Madrasi Lage Chhe
  • Tokhaar, Gujarati adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Equus
  • Kem Makanji, kya chalya?
  • Khagraas
  • Ashvatthama aaje pan jive chhe (ane hanay chhe)
  • Vaisakhi Koyal
  • Lady Lalkuvar
  • Jagine Joyu To
Theory of Literature, Literary Historiography and Criticism
  • Ramaniyataano Vagvikalpa, R R Sheth & Co., Mumbai and Ahmedabad, 1979
  • Asyaa Sarga Vidhao, Dept. of Gujarati, Mumbai University, 2002


He received Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati writer in 1987 for his poetry collection Jatayu.[1] He also received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, the highest award in Gujarati literature, in 1987. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2006.[10][11][12] He also received Rashtriya Kabir Samman, Indian National Theatre – Gujarat Samachar award, Nanalal Award, Gujarat State Government Poetry award.[1][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 a, Saccidānandan (1996). Gestures: An Anthology of South Asian Poetry. Sahitya Akademi. p. 303. ISBN 9788126000197. 
  2. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Sitanshu Yashaschandra". Poetry International Rotterdam. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. George, K. M. (1992). Modern Indian literature, an anthology. 3. Sāhitya Akādemī. p. 579. ISBN 9788172013240. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Trustees and Governing body". Adapt Org. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "World Poetry Fest Participants". Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  7. Topiwala, Chandrakant (2001). Indian Poetry: Modernism and After : a Seminar. Sahitya Akademi. p. 93. ISBN 9788126010929. 
  8. Emmanuel Sampath Nelson, Nalini Natarajan (1996). Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 121–122. ISBN 9780313287787. 
  9. Sitanshu Yashaschandra at the Internet Movie Database
  10. "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. 
  11. "Corea~ Khare given Padma awards". New Delhi: Mid Day. 29 March 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  12. "President presents second set of civil investiture Awards for 2006". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 29 March 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2014.