Narmadashankar Dave

(24 August 1833 – 26 February 1886 / Surat, Gujarat / India)

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Narmadashankar Lalshankar Dave (Gujarati: નર્મદાશંકર લાલશંકર દવે) popularly known as Narmad, was a Gujarati author, poet, scholar and public speaker.


Narmad was born in Surat on August 24, 1833. He introduced many creative forms of writing in Gujarati. He wrote pioneering work in such forms as autobiography, poetry, lexicography, historical plays and research in folk literature. He was also an outspoken journalist and a pamphleteer. Narmad was a strong opponent of religious fanaticism and orthodoxy. He promoted nationalism and patriotism - with famous songs like Sahu Chalo Jitva Jang, wrote about self-government and talked about one national language, Hindi, ... more »

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