Gulabdas Harjivandas Broker
Born(1909-09-20)20 September 1909
Porbandar, Gujarat
Died10 June 2006(2006-06-10) (aged 96)
Pune, Maharashtra
Occupationauthor, journalist
Notable awardsPadma Shri (1991), Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1998)

Gulabdas Broker was a Gujarati language writer from India. He is primarily known for his short stories and one-act plays in Gujarati literature.[1]


Broker was born at Porbandar on 20 September 1909. He completed his education in Gujarati and English literature from Bombay University in 1930. He briefly worked at the Bombay Stock Exchange. Later he started his writing in 1932 when he was jailed during the Satyagraha movement. His first short story collection was Ane Biji Vato ("And Other Talks").[2]

Broker served as the president of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad from 1973 to 1974. He died on 10 June 2006 at Pune, Maharashtra.[3][4]


He edited Akhandand, a Gujarati monthly. He wrote large number of short stories, plays, travelogues and autobiography too. Several of them are translated into Hindi, Spanish, German and English.[3][4] He also edited Ekanki, a periodical devoted to one-act plays.[1]


Broker was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India in 1992.[5] He was also awarded Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, the highest literary award in Gujarati language, in 1998. He also received Kumar Chandrak in 1968.

The Government of Gujarat awarded him the Narsinh Mehta Award.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jagmohan, Sarla (1 January 2002). Selected Stories from Gujarat. Jaico Publishing House. p. 9. ISBN 978-81-7224-955-7. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ Emmanuel Sampath Nelson, Nalini Natarajan (1996). Handbook of Twentieth-century Literatures of India. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 116–117. ISBN 9780313287787.
  3. ^ a b c "Gujarati writer Gulabdas Broker dies". One India News. 2006-06-11. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  4. ^ a b c "Gujarat lost range of giants in 2006". DeshGujarat. 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.