Chunilal Madia

Chunilal Madia

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Chunilal Madia Profile

  • Name:
  • Chunilal Madia
  • Born:
  • August 12, 1922
  • Died:
  • December 29, 1968
  • Father:
  • Kalidas Jadavji
  • Mother:
  • Prankunwar

Chunilal Madia Biography

Chunilal Madia was a fiction writer associated with Gujarati language. He lived in the 20th century and widely regarded as one of the great writers of the era. He gained recognition as a novelist and short story writer, and most of his stories and novels were set in rural Saurashtra. Vyajno Varas (1946), Liludi Dharti (1957) and Sadhara Jesang No Salo (1962) were his major works. He was a recipient of numerous prestigious honours including Narmad Suvarna Chandrak (1951) and   Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1957). He was most active in writing field for two decades during 1945 – 1968, till his death aged only 46. He was survived by his wife Daksha and three children.


Chunilal Kalidas Madia was born on 12 August 1922 in Dhoraji, Gujarat. His birth place now belongs to Rajkot district. He was born in middle class Jain Baniya family. His father ran a grocery shop. Chunilal was youngest among ten siblings. But only five of them survived. After completing matriculation at his hometown, Madia shifted to Ahmedabad where he pursued graduation in commerce. During his academic years he joined a daily Prabhat as a journalist and sub-editor, where he worked under veteran journalist Kakalbhai Kothari.


As a writer he started writing fiction in his 20s, and dedicated next two decades for writing. He invented realistic approach in his short stories and depicted the rural life of Saurastra, which made him an immensely popular writer among local people. He published his first novel Pawak Jwala in 1945 followed by Vyajno Varas, Eendhan Ochhan Padyan, Vela Velani Chhanyadi, Leeludi Dharati, Preetvachhoyan, Sadhara Jesang No Salo etc. Ghooghavatan Poor, Gamdun Bole Chhe, Padmaja, Champo Ane Kel, Roop-Aroop, Antahsrota etc are his collections of short stories. He also authored plays, essays, travelogues, Essays in Criticism etc.

Published: January 14, 2019

Updated: January 14, 2019

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