Pingalashi Gadhavi

Born in 1914 in the village of Chhatrava in Junagadh district of Gujarat, Shri Pingalashi Gadhavi belongs to a family of traditional balladeers of the region. He was initiated in folklore and trained in singing by his father Shri Meghanand Gadhavi and his elder brother Shri Merubha Gadhavi. Shri Pingalashi Gadhavi's services to the folklore and folk music of Gujarat have been in his dual capacities as practitioner and scholar. Over a long career he has presented performances, trained students, and conducted painstaking researches in the field. He has collected and published a vast amount of folk tales, folk songs and plays. He works — running into some 20 volumes — include Pingal Kavya, Gita Dohavali, and Chhanda Shatak. Principal of Folklore Institute, Junagadh, from 1956 to 1966, Shri Pingalashi Gadhavi has served in advisory capacity with several folklore bodies in Gujarat. Among other honours, he received the title of Charani Sahitya Vidwan from Saurashtra University in 1969 and the Gaurav Purskar from the Gujarat Sangeet Nritya Natya Akademi in 1978. Shri Pingalashi Gadhavi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to the folk music of Gujarat.