Jayanta Mahapatra

Jayanta Mahapatra

Biography

A major English poet and first Indian to win the Sahitya Akademi award for English poetry, Jayanta Mahapatra is the author of popular poems such as Indian Summer and Hunger which are regarded as classics in modern Indian English literature.He shared a special bond with A.K.Ramanujan, one of the finest poets in the IEP tradition..

The awards bestowed on him included the Jacob Glatstein Memorial Award for poetry at Chicago (1975), Cultural Award Visitor, Australia (1978), Japan Foundation– Visitor’s Award (1980) and SAARC Literacy Award (2009).