- Published on 14 October 2013
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
90 year old Ratilal Premchand Chandaria founder of GujaratiLexicon died here on Sunday Dussehra. Incidently, he was also born Dussehra day.
Ratilal Chandaria, Rati Kaka, has been an inspirational figure. He was also the visionary founder of GujaratiLexicon, Digital Bhagwadgomandal and several other Gujarati Language initiatives.
He had his primary and secondary education at Nairobi and Mombasa. As an active scout, he was associated with youth activities, sports & yoga. At the beginning of Second World War, he migrated to India along with his parents.
He returned to Nairobi in 1946 to join family trading activities and travelled extensively in East and Central Africa. During the early fifties, the family diversified their interest from trading to industry in Kenya and other countries.
Ratilal Chandaria is most known for the creation of the world's biggest Gujarati language resource portal - GujaratiLexicon. He started the project 25 years back with a simple thought - serve the mother Gujarati Language. He wanted to create avenues for people to love and relish Gujarati Language. His relentless passion and missionary zeal for language moved across continents and organizations.
The launch of GujaratiLexicon on Jan 13, 2006 as a mega language portal was a starting point of ongoing language initiatives. Saras Spellchecker, Lok-Kosh, Digital Sarth Kosh,Crossword, Quiz, GL Gems, Kids Games and GL Mobile Apps have enlarged the vision. GujaratiLexicon has worked with CDAC, GV, GSP and other organizations to spread the love and power of Gujarati Language.
GujaratiLexicon has digitized and created online version of Gujarati’s Mega Encyclopedic Work, Bhagwadgomandal. It is archived in the US Congress Library and British Library Catalogue as a landmark work of Gujarati. The cumulative visits to GujaratiLexicon sites have crossed 25 million – apart from it being installed on lakhs of PCs and mobile devices.
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