Biography – Arjun Mirchandani – Arjan Shad
Sindhi Language & Literature- Famous Sindhi Gazal Writer
Arjun or Arjan who may you spell it. This doesn't happen usually that a poet or literature scholar have the same vision of looking at the romantic and painful sufferings of life with the attitude of looking at day to day life with same vision. If and when this happens the person can only be identified as the master mind.
This is to true depth and variety of Sindhi literature that we have one such visionary personality in the form of Arjun Mirchandani, most commonly known and famous with his pen name Arjun Shad.
Araun Mirchandani born on 17 December 1924 as the son of Gobindram at Sakhar Sindh. He started his literature journey at the tender age of 14 with some romantic poems. The romance went on to turn into patriotism as those were days of freedom struggle for the Indians. His poetic heart get most effected from the pains and agony of partition and in the year 1957 published his poem collection reflecting sufferings of common person.
He was the first to complete his doctorate in Sindhi Gazal, the achievement is more significant as he has done it without a guide. During his career in educational field he kept on progressing and worked in various capacities such as chairman of institutions like NCERT, NFDC and the Sindhi Department in Mumbai [Bombay] University. He had long 30 years of working with Mumbai University.
Besides writing of own he also translated many poems from the Russian language and won the prestigious "Soviet Nehuru Peace Award" thrice. His poetic collection “Andho Doonhon” not only proved the best seller but also helped him to get Sahitya Akademi Award and the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar.
His unmatched contribution towards the Sindhi Literature and in the educational field got recognition as he invited to work at an honorary position specially instituted for him in Jai Hind College as Professor Emeritus.
We at The Sindhu World feel honored to include this multifarious talent from the sindhi literature and educational arena. We also remember his as he has given us [Kolhapur] two M.A. in Sindhi teachers by working as guide for two of the employees of Sadhu Vaswani High school Gandhinagar Kolhapur.
Arjun Shad – Literary Contribution
There is much long list of books to the credit of this versatile Sindhi poet and writer but here we are including only some of books which are considered as relatively more significant in his entire contribution to Sindhi language and literature.
Aun Ghityun Jo Gaeendar
Bewas Ain Naon Daur
Dahiyoon Dukh Dissan
Tapasya Joon Roshnyoon
Arjun Shad has also contributed Sindhi through his journalism as he was associated with some magazines like Parakh [Monthly – Editor], Koonj [Monthly – Co Editor] and Lok India [English Monthly – Chief Editor].
Arjun Shad – Award
During the long span of literary life Arhun Shad was felicitated at several occasions. He has honor of receiving the prestigious Academy Awards of Sindhi Sahity Academy in the year 1983 for his book titled Andho Doohon. Award tally of Arjun Shad reads like
2001 – Life Time Achievement Award by Maharshtra State Sindhi Sahitya Academy
1990 – Maharashtra Gaurav Purskar by Government of Maharashtra
1983 – Sahity Academy Award by Sindhi Sahitya Akademi New Delhi
1972 - Soviet lands Nehru Peace Award for literature