Sursinhji Takthasinhji Gohel – A Renowned Gujarati Poet known as Kavi Kalapi, needs no introduction.

He was a King of Lathi-Gohilwad-Saurashtra- Gujarat and is alive in people’s heart as Kavi Kalapi.

Kavi Kalapi lived a short but memorable and valued life – Born on 26-01-1874, left the world on
09-06-1900 i.e. a life of 26 years, 5 months and 11 days.

Poet Kalapi’s life was short but his creation was immense and enormous. He penned down 259 poems including 15,000 verses in such a short span of life. Besides, he has also given us varied number of Prose’s. His 900 letters to his friends, and wives brings in front of us the facts and truth. He not only used Gujarati language as his medium to elaborate his own creation but also translated two great English Novels in Gujarati. More then 500 books in Gujarati, English, Farsi & Sanskrit were widely read by this great poet. All of this creation, reading, study and achievements were packed by him during the period of his age from 16 years to 26 years. i.e. in just a span of 10 years





Poet Kalapi’s life also reflects an intense love story. At the age of 15 years, he was married to two princesses. – One Rajba-Ramaba – the princess of Kach- Roha and Second Kesharba-Anandiba– the Princess of Saurashtra-Kotada. Ramaba was elder to Sursinhji by eight years while Anadiba was elder to him by two years 

Sursinhji never could love Anandiba and get close to her but he never stepped back from his duties as her husband. He always respected her for being his wife till his last breath. Ramaba being intelligent and caring, gained Sursinhji’s love and affection. Monghi called as Shobhna by Sursinhji, was a maid who had come along with Ramaba when she got married and then stayed back in Lathi to serve Ramaba. At that time, Shobhna was just around 7- 8 year old. Shobhna’s smartness, beauty, innocence and her keen interest in his poems and literature caught Sursinghji’s attraction and he fell in love with her.


Sursinhji gave his heart to Shobhna when he was 20 year old and Shobhna was around 12-13 year old. But at the same time, he could not even forget his love towards Ramaba.


Thus Sursinhji Takthasinhji Gohel i.e. Kalapi had three women in his life. But he never did any injustice towards any of these women of his life.


Sursinhji was handed over the kingdom when he turned 21.

This was the time when he started establishing difference of opinion with Ramaba and her political temperament took him away slowly from Ramaba. During this period his affection towards Shobna became intense and she became the queen of his heart. He wanted to give result to this immortal love of his and therefore he proposed his wish of marrying Shobna in front of Ramaba . This was totally unacceptable by Ramaba. She tried all her ways out to separate the true lovers – Sursinhji and Shobhna but this did not happen. Sursinghji ultimately married Shobhna and gave result to his eternal love. But this wasn’t easy. Sursinhji constantly had to face the struggle and conflicts with his heart, mind, love, laws, and responsibilities and to add to that, Ramaba’s deceptions.

All this awarded him nothing but exorbitant amount of pain and suffering. Agony, to such extend that it ultimately took his life. It is said that he was taken to the deathbed by noone but his own wife- Ramaba whom he respected and loved enormously i.e. she played a scam and took his breath away by giving him poison. And thus his life was brought to an end when he was just 26 year old.


The book/drama on such a great Poet Kalapi written by Dr.Dhanvant Shah puts in front of you a perfect and beautiful weaving of Poet Kalapi’s life on Love, Laws and Pain. – All put together in the form of a gorgeous garland to present to you a visual in the form of a
Drama – “Kalapi” and a book named ” Rajvi Kavi Kalapi”




Narasimha Mehta @ Narsi Mehta

Narasimha Mehta @ Narsi Mehta

I think must have either heard or hopefully appreciated the famous song “Vaishnav jan to ”  here are some tit bits about its lyrcist

Narsi Mehta

 Considered to be the foremost poet-saint of Gujarat, Narsi Mehta’s (A.D. 1414-1480) songs (padas) are full of devotion of Lord Krsna. They describe in a most vivid and passionate manner the early life of Krsna, his love-play with the Gopis of Gokula and the basic philosophy of early bhakti cult. Narsi Mehta’s style is both simple and moving, and consequently the impact of his songs can still be felt in the villages of Saurashtra (Gujarat) where they have become part of the folk tradition.

“Besides being a poet, devotee and saint, Narsi Mehta was also a social reformer. Though born as an orthodox Nagar Brahmin, he was one of the strongest critics of the caste system and its evils. His naturally sensitive and loving nature revolted against the treatment of untouchables by his castemen. Narsi knew no caste distinctions; he looked upon all human beings as the children of Hari (Harijana).

 “A hundred songs, representative of Narsi Mehta’s philosophy, social message and the portrayal of love-play between Radha and Krsna (Radha-Krsna lila) are for the first time translated into simple and direct English verse.”

Based on his literature work, Modern Gujarati language born from old dialects of Sourashtra.


      Kali kala Sarvagna Hemchandracharya made extraordinary contribution for a long spell of seven decades to varied fields like poetry and grammar, history and puran, yoga and spiritual knowledge, lexicon and poetics, renunciation and penance, self-restraint and self-discipline and the state welfare and popular welfare. During the last 1000 years, there is no other personality that can match his saintliness and literary output.

     This son of Chachdev and Pahini of Dhandhuka in , gave indications of his brilliance from his very early childhood. Acharya Shri Devchandrasuri, scholar of many scriptures and author of numerous books happened to have his stay in Dhandhuka. Pahini, the mother along with her 5 year old son Chang came there to offer their respects. At this time Shri Devchandrasuriji had gone to a temple for worship. Of his own accord Chang went up and occupied a seat. As Shri Devchandrasuri returned from the temple he saw this sight. Seeing his unperturbed facial expression and innate aptitude, Shri Devchandrasuri told Pahini: “This son of yours shall become a prominent saint in future and shall devote himself to public welfare.”

     Devchandrasuri along with the prominent persons of the sangh, came to Pahini’s house. Pahini was extemely happy at this great fortune and handed over Chang, his son to the Guru. He was named Muni Somchandra. There is a legend about his being named Acharya Hemchandra. Dhanad Sheth, a prominent merchant of Patan, requested Somchandra Muni to come to his residence for alms (gochari). Dhanad Sheth managed to get Somchandra Muni seated on the heap of carbon-black gold coins and they acquired golden lustre. Thereupon Dhanad Sheth requested his Gurudev to name Somchandra Muni as Acharya Hemchandra.


 Hemchandra’s reputation had reached to the court of Siddharaj, the king of Gujarat. Siddharaj requested him to write a grammar superior to that of Bhoj. Within a year Hemchandracharya wrote an exhaustive volume of grammar entitled ‘Siddhahemcha- ndrashabdanushasan’ containing one lakh and twenty-five thousand shlokas covering the grammar of Prakrit and Apabhramsha languages as well. A copy of this grammar was placed on an elephant and a procession was carried out through the city of Patan with great pomp. It was for the first time in Gujarat that ‘learning’ had been honoured on such a grand scale.

     Since then no scholar has written such a grammar in these 800 years. Briefly known as ‘Siddhhem’, the book of grammar was read in the court and besides India, the copies were sent to Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran and such other far-off countries.

     Siddharaj had no progeny and Hemchandracharya had made a prophecy that Kumarpal will succeed Siddharaj. But Siddaraj had great enmity against Kumarpal. Once Kumarpal went incognito to see Hemchandracharya in Cambay (Khambhat) and as the soldiers arrived Hemchandracharya managed to hide him to save his life.

     In accordance with the desire of his Guru, he wrote numerous books; as many as 700 scribes used to prepare copies thereof which were sent throughout the country. After a very long life of 84 years, Hemchandracharya passed away in Patan in 1173 CE. In his passing away, the world lost a great scholar.