Makarand Dave was a popular Gujarati writer and poet of 20th century. His name is often referred to as Sai Makarand Dave. His works are mostly concentrated on to spirituality and philosophy, and Dave has contributed majority of his works as poems. He is often referred to as a saint poet. Apart from Gujarati, he also authored a few books in English language which include - Prometheus : The Living Flame of Love, Shiva : The Light of Lights, Homeage to Mother Liberty, Immortal Face Of America, Bhaktamar and Yoga of Marriage. He spent his last 18 years in Nandigram, working for the uplift of lower sectors and tribal people, and he believed in the path of spirituality for ameliorating the suffering of socially and economically deprived tribal people in the surrounding regions of Nandigram.
Makarand Dave was born on 13th November 1922 in Gondal, Saurashtra, Gujarat. His birth place now belongs to Rajkot district. His parents were deeply religious and noble people, who inspired Makarand Dave to great extent. He was brought up in a spiritual environment and he grew up listening devotional music. Dave got interested in writing since his childhood. He completed his schooling in Gondal, and later joined Dharmendrasinhji College, Rajkot in 1940 to pursue his graduation. However he got involved with Quit India Movement and discontinued his studies. Yet he continued his quest for knowledge in world literature, ancient classics, mythology and different subjects.
During his younger days, he came into contact with his spiritual teacher, Nathalal Joshi. He married a writer, Kundanika Kapadia in 1968, and moved to Mumbai where he worked as a journalist for many years. Later he established Nandigram in Dharampur near Valsad in 1987 where he spent his last 20 years. He is a recipient of prestigious Ranajitram Suvarna Chndrark, Meghani Award, Narshinh Mehta Award and Darshak Award for his contribution to Gujarati literature. He passed away in 2005 aged 82.
Updated: July 09, 2016