About Chapter

Known for its thriving diamond and textile industries, Surat also boasts a rich cultural scene that reflects the vibrant heritage of Gujarati culture and arts. The city houses several important institutions and communities:

Surat Sahitya Sabha: The Sabha plays a crucial role in promoting Gujarati literature and language in the city, regularly organizing literary events, including poetry readings, book releases, and discussions on literature.

The Surat Art Society: With a mission to promote visual arts, the Surat Art Society organizes art exhibitions and workshops and encourages local artists.

Performing Arts Centers and Theatres: Surat houses several theaters and cultural centers like the Performing Arts Centre at Indoor Stadium and the Science Center Auditorium. These venues host a variety of cultural events, including Bhavai, folk music, and dance performances.

The city has also been the birthplace or home of several prominent Gujarati literary figures:

Narmad: Prominent Gujarati author, poet, scholar and public speaker. Born in 1833and often credited with setting the foundation of modern Gujarati literature, with works ranging from poetry to essays, plays, and letters. He also compiled the first Gujarati dictionary, the 'Narmakosh'.
Kavi Kant: From Mahuva, near Surat, Kavi Kant was a well-known poet and writer famous for Mahakavya, his epic poems, and his contribution to Gujarati Ghazal.
Gunvant Shah: Born in 1937 in Rander, Surat, Gunvant Shah made significant contributions through thought-provoking essays, columns, and books on philosophy, psychology, and culture. He was awarded the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1997 and the Padma Shri in 2015 for his contributions to literature and education.

Harilal Upadhyay: Born in 1916 in Bardoli, near Surat, Harilal Upadhyay was a prolific writer known for his works spanning various genres. He wrote over a hundred books including novels, short stories, folk literature, biographies, and children's literature.

Sindha Jogidas: Born in a nomadic community, Sindha Jogidas rose from humble beginnings to become a significant figure in Gujarati literature. His autobiography, 'Mari Hakikat' (My Truth), is acclaimed for its poignant portrayal of the life of marginalized communities.

The literary tradition in Surat continues to thrive, with numerous literary events and festivals celebrating the city's rich literary heritage. The city offers a wide array of experiences for those interested in Gujarati culture and arts.

Chapter Ambassador

Rupal Damani


Born in Surat and is a Commerce and Law Graduate.


She completed her schooling from AG Teachers and earned her B.Com from H.L. Commerce College and her LLB degree from I.M. Nanavati Law College, Ahmedabad. She joined Hills Nursery School as a Teacher in 2002. She became the Section Head in 2008. After shifting to Mumbai in 2019, she has been working as a Paralegal.

Rupal has been associated with Rotary Club of Surat since 2014. She was the Charter member of Rotary Club of Surat Tapi. She is currently the Service Project Director in RCS Tapi. She has been associated with Gujarati Sahitya Forum since June, 2021.

Rupal is a keen Gujarati Literature reader and has interest in music, social service and travelling.