Govind Vinayak Karandikar

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Govind Vinayak Karandikar

Born: 23 August 1918

Died: 14 March 2010

  • He better known as Vindā, was a well-known Marathi poet, writer, literary critic, and translator.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He has conferred the 39th Jnanpith Award in 2006, which is the highest literary award in India.
  • He was the third Marathi writer to win the Jnanpith Award, after Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar (1974) and Vishnü Vāman Shirwādkar (Kusumagraj) (1987).
  • He also received some other awards for his literary work including the Keshavasut Prize, the Soviet Land Nehru Literary Award, the Kabir Samman, and the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1996.

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