Rasiklal Chhotalal Parikh



I present to you, Sir, Shri Rasiklal Chhotalal Parikh. Shri Parikh was born in 1897, in village Sadra, in Gujarat. In his youth he participated in the Non-Cooperation Movement and later joined the Gujarat Vidyapith, founded by Mahatma Gandhi, as teacher for Sanskrit and Indology. After that, throughout his career he has worked as a senior teacher in various institutions of higher learning, including the Gujarat University. He has also lectured extensively on Indian culture, literature and the arts. In association with Shri Jayashankar Bhojak and other theatre doyens of Gujarat, Shri Parikh has been responsible for bringing to the Gujarati theatre a vast and varied repertoire of plays in different dramatic styles. His celebrated ‘Mena Gujari’, in the Bhavai folk idiom of Gujarat, is a landmark in the recent annals of Indian theatre. A profound scholar of Sanskrit literature, Shri Parikh has also been a prolific writer. Besides several original plays in Gujarati and many critical works on Sanskrit plays, he has co-edited the Nrityaratnakosa of Kumbhakarana, Raja of Mewar, and brought out a compendium on Bharata's Natya Shastra for use by students. Shri Parikh has received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his Gujarati play ‘Sharvilaka’. For his eminence in the field of Drama and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Rasiklal Chhotalal Parikh has been elected Fellow of the Akademi.