Born on 22 March 1908 as Tribhuvandas Luhar to Purushottamdas Keshavdas Luhar and Ujamben in the village of Miyanmatar (located in the district of Bharuch), Sundaram was a legendary poet of Gujarat. At the age of eighteen, his first poem ‘Ekanshe De’ was published in Sabarmati, a Gujarati magazine. After graduating from Gujarat Vidyapith he started teaching in Sonagadh-Gurukul. In 1934 he received the prestigious Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, a gold medal considered to be the highest literary award in Gujarati literature for his anthology of poems, Kavyamangala. He visited Pondicherry in 1940 and had the Darshan of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He visited Pondicherry again in 1943 and two years later joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram as an inmate with his wife Mangalagauri and daughter Sudha. In 1946 he received the Mahida Paritoshik Award for his Arvachin Kavita, a critical survey of modern Gujarati poetry which went on to become a classic. In 1947 he started the publication of Dakshina, a quarterly magazine in Gujarati to spread the teachings of Sri Aurobindo in Gujarat. In 1954 he participated in the third ‘All India Writers Meet’ organized by P.E.N. in Chidambaram. In 1955 he received the Narmad Suvarna Chandrak for his anthology of poems, Yatra. His book Avalokana earned him the Delhi Sahitya Akademi Award in 1969. In 1975 he received an Honorary D. Litt from the Sardar Patel University. On16 March 1985 he received the Padmabhushan Award, the third highest Civilian Award, from the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh. In 1990 he received the Shri Narasinh Mehta Award for his contribution in the field of education and literature from the Government of Gujarat. On 13 January 1991, he left his body.
On the occasion of the thirtieth death anniversary of Sundaram, a pictorial tribute to him consisting of one hundred photographs of his has been published in the website of Overman Foundation.
With warm regards,
The following eleven photographs were taken at a “Shibir” (spiritual camp) held at Ahmedabad:
The following sixteen photographs were taken at a “Shibir” held at Porbandar:
Sundaram (extreme right) with Shri Surendranath Jauhar, Dr. Karan Singh and Dr. K. R. S. Iyengar
Sundaram at the Ahmedabad Shibir held in October 1957
The following two photographs were taken at the Ganganath Shibir held in 1967:
The following three photographs were taken at the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad in December 1969:
The following three photographs were taken at the Surat Shibir held in June 1956:
In the following six photographs, Sundaram is seen with the Mother:
Sundaram with the Mother on 22 February 1957
The Mother distributing school prizes on the stage (circa 1950). Also seen with the Mother: Shanti Doshi, Krishnakumari, Sailen, Sujata Nahar, Sundaram and Krishnalal Bhatt.