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Chandulal Gangaram Dubey

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Chandulal Gangaram Dubey
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Born (1926-10-22) 22 October 1926 (age 93)
Dharwad, Karnataka, India
Died24 May 2014(2014-05-24) (aged 87)
Dharwad, Karnataka, India
Known forPublishing the first-ever Hindi-Kannada Dictionary
ChildrenNiraj Dubey, Nilima Dubey Mishra, Nilabh Kumar Dubey
Parent(s)Gangaram Anantram Dubey, Sunderabai Gangaram Dubey

Chandulal Dubey, was a nationally recognized Indian author, professor, and activist in the Hindi field. With knowledge of seven languages (Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, English, Marathi, Kannada, and Gujarati), he was at the forefront of Indian linguistics both in understanding and contribution. Dr. Dubey specialized in Hindi, translating works to and from Hindi, and in standardizing and developing the languages of India. Dr. Dubey’s lectures and teachings have reached a global audience through international conferences, his books, and All India Radio. Dr. Dubey is also noteworthy for publishing the first ever Hindi-Kannada Dictionary.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Dr. Chandulal Dubey was born on October 22, 1926 in Dharwad, Karnataka, India to Gangaram Anantram Dubey (father) and Sunderabai Gangaram Dubey (mother). He came from a land-owning Kanyakubj Brahmin family. However, his father passed away at an early age leaving him to support his family and siblings. In 1946 at the eve of Indian Independence, he gave an oath in front of Mahatma Gandhi in Chennai to dedicate his life in the service of Hindi, and to be a lifelong supporter and advocate of the Hindi Language.

Marriages and children[edit]

Dr. Chandulal Dubey married Savitri Awasthi Dubey on June 26, 1953. He is succeeded by three children, the eldest being Niraj Dubey, followed by Nilima Dubey Mishra, and the youngest Nilabh Kumar Dubey. His decedents have continued the legacy of teaching and higher education with all his children pursuing advanced degrees, two of which also hold professorships and esteemed university positions.

Academic career[edit]

Dr. Chandulal Dubey was selected early on for the Indian Forest Service (IFS). He joined the service but quit after 3 months to get back to his mission of teaching Hindi. After attaining a Bachelor of Science from Bombay University and a Bachelors of Arts from Benaras Hindu University, Dr. Dubey attained a Master of Arts from Harisingh Gour University, Sagar, India, in 1951. Chandulal Dubey achieved his Doctor of Philosophy in 1961. In addition to this, Dr. Dubey was one of the first individuals in India to get a D. Lit. (or Doctor of Letters), from Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India, 1975. He also received a Doctor of Letters (honorary) from Hindi Prachar Sabha, Hyderabad, India, 1985.

While at Rajaram College (Kolhapur, Maharashtra), Dr. Dubey saw that there was a department of undergraduate teaching offered only in Hindi. In 1960, along with Shri. V. V. Dravid. he established a postgraduate department.[1]. A number of students completed their M. A. in Hindi under his guidance. In 1970, due to the establishment of Shivaji University, Kolhapur, postgraduate classes were shifted to the university department. Regardless, members of the Hindi department extended their services for M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. Dubey's and his ability to make the subject of Linguistics interesting contributed significantly to the popularity of the discipline. He published a number of articles and research papers, was awarded the previously mentioned prestigious D.Lit. for his research on “Hindi Rangmanch ka Itihas”. Several students completed their M. Phil and Ph. D. studies under his guidance[2].

During his career, Dr. Dubey served as the Vice President and Professor of [[Government College Rajaram]] in Maharashtra, India, 1951-1980[3]; Head of Department of Hindi Linguistics at Karnataka University, 1980-1987; Dean of Arts and Faculty at Dharwad University, 1985-1987; Head Professor and Dean of Arts and Faculty, Dakshin Bharath Hindi Prachar Sabha, 1987-1997 and Registrar, acting Vice Chancellor, since 1997, achieving Professor Emeritus in 2005[4].

In addition, Dr. Dubey was also a member of Bharati Hindi Parishad, Nagari Pracharani Sabha, (Hindi Teachers Association) as founding president.

Achievements and Legacy[edit]

Dr. Chandulal Dubey is remembered as an Indian classicist, author, and renowned educator. He was the ever first individual and academic to publish a Kannada-Hindi dictionary. Dr. Dubey is also known for his persistence in teaching Hindi in states and areas where there was non-acceptance and less familiarity with Hindi, such as in South India. Under Dr. Dubey’s guidance, 26 students completed their M.Phil dissertations, 26 students completed their PhD and theses, and 2 students completed their D.Lit. and theses.

Achievements include a Graduate Library and Library Hall named in his honor (Dr. Chandulal Dubey Library)[5]. He was honored as an “Ideal Teacher” by State Bank of India on occasion of Teacher’s Day in India. On September 12th he was listed in the 2007 edition of ‘[[Who’s Who of Asia]]’ (he was already listed in Who’s Who of the World), published in NJ, USA. He was honored by the Meerut University as a Hindi Ratna (Jewel of Hindi).

He was the recipient of Literature Contributions Award, Uttar Pradesh Government (1973, 1977); Bharatiya Gyanpeet Award (1981); Sampadak Shiromani Distinguished Editor award; Sahitya Mandal (Shri Nathdwara-Rajasthan) award (2005); Grantee Special Research honor, University Grants Commission (1987).


Dr. Chandulal Dubey has published several books such as [[Hindi Marathi Vyavsayik Rangbhumiche Janak Vishnudas Bhave] (विष्णुदास भािे), Bharat Vani, [[Hindi Diwas - Atit aur Vartmaan]], विदषूक (1975), ह िंदी नाटकों का रूप विधात और िस्तु-विकास (1975), [[ह िंदी रिंगमिंच का इतत ास]] (1978) and नाटक और रिंगमिंच: Drama and Theater(1979). He is also noteworthy, of course, for publishing the first ever Hindi-Kannada Dictionary[6]

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Books Edited[edit]


  1. "Department of Hindi History". Rajaram College. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  2. "Department of Hindi History". Rajaram College. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. "Department of Hindi History". Rajaram College. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  4. "International Hindi Meet in Hubli". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  5. "Department of Hindi History". Rajaram College. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  6. "Vishnudas Bhave". Bookganga. Retrieved 13 October 2019.

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