About GSF

The Gujarati Sahitya Forum (GSF) is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and promoting the Gujarati language through online events and local chapters worldwide.

Language is a powerful pillar that defines our identity and represents our culture, forming the heart of our communities. Gujarati, spoken by over 60 million people globally, holds a special place among the world's languages.

GSF is a project initiated by the Choksey Foundation, a non-profit organization. Our board members and advisors are located in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

We believe that Gujarati has the potential to engage and inspire both Gujaratis and non-Gujaratis of the next generation.

Our Goals

  • The Enhancement of Gujarati language
  • The Promotion of Gujarati language
  • The Preservation of Gujarati language


Kokila Chokshi


Kaushal Chokshi


Jyoti Chokshi

Executive Director

Rinki Chokshi

Executive Director

Alka Gandhi

Executive Director
UK and Europe

Swati Desai

Executive Director

What We Do

live Events

Speaker Series

Panel Discussions

Educational Workshops



The Gujarati Language

Gujarati is an Indo-Aryan language that reflects a rich cultural heritage and societal development. With a history spanning over 700 years, Gujarati combines ancient traditions with modern linguistic elements. Its diverse dialects, unique inflections, and nuances vividly represent the dynamic nature of this language across different regions and communities.

Gujarati script is derived from the revered Devnagari script, carrying a long legacy of literary tradition. Gujarati originated during the 12th century under the rule of the Chaulukya dynasty, evolving from Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Apabhramsa. Over time, it diversified into dialects like Charotari, Patnuli, and Kathiyawadi.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Gujarati underwent significant transformations influenced by Parsi theatre, literature, and Western styles. The British colonial period introduced English words and Western ideas into the language.

Modern Gujarati script has been adapted for digital use with available fonts for computers and mobile devices. Today, Gujarati thrives globally as the mother tongue of over 46 million people in Gujarat, with a diaspora in countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and East Africa.






Most Spoken Worldwide

1185 AD

First Gujarati rāsa

1335 AD

First Gujarati phāgu

1612 AD

First Gujarati book

The Arts

Gujarati arts span architecture, painting, dance, and music. In ancient times, temples served as the focal point of artistic expression, with intricate carvings and sculptures reflecting religious and cultural narratives. The Sun Temple at Modhera and Rani Ki Vav in Patan are brilliant examples of ancient Gujarati architecture.


Gujarati literary roots stretch back to the 12th century, with the oldest known text, 'Bārmanī Kāvya', dating back to 1354 AD. The earliest works were primarily written by Jain authors and scholars, featuring religious and philosophical themes. These texts include 'Bharatesvara-bahubali-rahasya' by Shalibhadra and 'Kumarpalacharita' by Jayasinh.

Modern Gujarati literature started in the 19th century and is marked by social and political commentary. Renowned Gujarati authors like Govardhanram Tripathi, K.M. Munshi, and Pannalal Patel produced works reflecting social realism and humanistic values.


The tradition of Gujarati poetry is intertwined with the region's religious and cultural history. Narsinh Mehta, a 15th-century poet, is often regarded as the Adi Kavi (first poet) of Gujarati language. His poems echo devotion, compassion, and an intense love for the divine.

The 'Sagun Bhakti' tradition of the 17th and 18th centuries produced a wealth of devotional poetry. During this period, poet Premanand composed his epics Okhaharan and Dasham Skandha, which are considered masterpieces of Gujarati literature.

Modern Gujarati poetry emerged in the late 19th century, mirroring global trends in poetic thought and expression. Umashankar Joshi, Rajendra Shah, and Mareez made notable contributions to this era, their poetry reflecting the cultural, social, and political life of the times.


In modern times, Gujarati theatre has seen a renaissance, with playwrights like Pravin Joshi and Madhu Rye exploring contemporary themes. Furthermore, the tradition of 'Mata-ni-Pachedi,' a ritualistic textile art form, continues to be practiced, representing a beautiful blend of artistry and spirituality.


Gujarati cinema can be traced back to 1932 with the release of the first Gujarati talkie, "Narsinh Mehta." Films initially focused on mythological stories and folk tales. By the 1960s and 70s the industry began to reflect more social issues and contemporary themes. Modern cinema has shown a shift of storytelling and production with films such as "Hellaro," winning the National Film Award in 2019.