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Prasanta Patnaik,(26/06/2017)










Eminent English poet Jayanta Mohapatra was felicited by famous scinetst and Urdu poet Gauher Raza on the 9th anniversary of Aksyar in a colorful function at IDCOL auditoroum on Monday evenig.Padmashree Bihuti Patnaik and a host of progressive writers also attended the function.


Mr Gauhar Raza is an Indian scientist by profession, and a leading Urdu poet, social activist and documentary filmmaker working to popularize the understanding of science among general public,He is  known for his films like Jung-e-Azadi, on the India's First War of Independence, and Inqilab (2008) on Bhagat Singh.. He was also the honorary director of Jahangirabad 


Born in a left liberal family in Allahabad, UP, India on 17 August 1956. His family shifted to Aligarh in 1958. His father Wizarat Husain (1919 to 2007) was a freedom fighter, a communist party member and a renowned educationist and science teacher in Aligarh Muslim UniversityAligarh. His mother, a social worker, was also intensely involved in freedom struggle and had worked with Indira Gandhi in Allahabad.


He completed B.Sc. Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University, in 1977 and M. Tech. (Power Apparatus and Systems) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 1979.


Raza was happy to felicitate Mr Jayanta Mohapatra.   (born 22 October 1928) who is  one of the best known Indian English poets..He is the first ever Indian poet to win Sahitya Akademi award for English poetry. He is the author of such popular poems as Indian Summer and Hunger, which are regarded as classics in modern Indian English literature. He is also a winner of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India.


Jayanta returned his Padma Shri to protest against the rising intolerance in India for which he was bitterly criticised by the rightists in the country.


Besides being one of the popular Indian poets of his generation, Mahapatra was also part of the trio of poets who laid the foundations of Indian English Poetry. He shared a special bond with A. K. Ramanujan, one of the finest poets in the IEP tradition. Mahapatra is also different in not being a product of the Bombay school of poets besides R. Parthasarathy. Over time, he has managed to carve a quiet, tranquil poetic voice of his own—distinctly different from those of his contemporaries. His wordy lyricism combined with Indian themes put him in a league of his own. {Needs Citation} In a Conversation with Jaydeep Sarangi.


(link :http://www.museindia.com/regularcontent.asp?issid=51&id=4461 ) Mahapatra says, "Meeting with A D Hope, especially in his warm home in Canberra, and with his charming wife, Penelope, is an unforgettable happening in my life. The man's humility was amazing, it humbled me. It was a lesson. I wrote a sort of editorial piece on him in the magazine I was editing—Chandrabhaga, and I'd like you to read what I had said. This appeared in the journal in 1979."


All his working life, he taught physics at various colleges in Odisha including Gangadhar Meher College, SambalpurB.J.B College, BhubaneswarFakir Mohan College, Balasore and Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He retired in 1986.[5]


Mahapatra has authored 27 books of poems, of which seven are in Oriya and the rest in English. His poetry volumes include Relationship, Bare Face and Shadow Space. Mahapatra is a Sahitya Akademi awardee, and also a recipient of the Jacob Glatstein award conferred by Poetry magazine, Chicago. He was also awarded the Allen Tate Poetry Prize for 2009 from The Sewanee Review, Sewanee, USA. He received the SAARC Literary Award, New Delhi, 2009. Besides poetry, he has experimented widely with myriad forms of prose. His published books of prose are Green Gardener, an anthology of short stories and Door of Paper: Essay and Memoirs. Mahapatra is also a distinguished editor and has been bringing out, for many years, a literary magazine, Chandrabhaga, from Cuttack. The magazine is named after Chandrabhaga, a prominent river in Orissa. His poems appeared in many prestigious poetry anthologies like The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[6] published by Hidden Brook Press,[7]Canada.


He began writing poems when he was in the age of 40. The publication of his first book of poems, Svayamvara and Other Poems, in 1971 was followed by the publication of Close The Sky Ten By Ten. One of Mahapatra's better remembered works is the long poem Relationship, for which he was the first Indian English poet to win the Sahitya Akademi award in 1981.


He was conferred the Padma Shri in 2009 by the president of India and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ravenshaw University on 2 May 2009. He was also awarded Litt. D. degree by Utkal University in 2006.


Books by Jayanta Mahapatra


·         1971: Close the Sky Ten by Ten, Calcutta: Dialogue Publications

·         1971: Svayamvara and Other Poems, Calcutta: Writers Workshop

·         1976: A Father's Hours, Delhi: United Writers

·         1976: A Rain of Rites, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press

·         1979: Waiting, Samkaleen Prakashan

·         1980: The False Start, Bombay: Clearing House

·         1980: Relationship, Greenfield, New York: Greenfield Review Press


·         1997: The Green Gardener, short stories, Hyderabad: Orient Longman

·         2006: Door of Paper: Essay and Memoirs, New Delhi: Authrospress

·         2011: Bhor Moitra Kanaphula. In Oriya. Bhubaneswar, Paschima

Poetry in Oriya

·         1993: Bali (The Victim), Cutack: Vidyapuri

·         1995: Kahibe Gotiye Katha (I'll Tell A Story), Arya Prakashan

·         1997: Baya Raja(The Mad Emperor), Cuttack: Vidyapuri

·         2004: Tikie Chhayee (A Little Shadow), Cuttack; Vidyapuri

·         2006: Chali (Walking), Cuttack: Vidyapuri

·         2008: Jadiba Gapatie (Even If It's A Story), Cuttack: Friends Publishers

·         2011: Smruti Pari Kichhiti (A Small Memory), Cuttack: Bijayini

Critical studies

·         The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: Themes & Imagery by Vivekanand Jha, New Delhi: Authorspress, ISBN 978-8172736736[9]

·         2001: Bijay Kumar Das, The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra: 3rd revised and enlarged edition; New Delhi: Atlantic, ISBN 81-7156-968-4[10]

·         2006: Jaydeep Sarangi and Gauri Shankar Jha (eds), The Indian Imagination of Jayanta Mahapatra, New Delhi: Sarup and Sons, 2006, ISBN 81-7625-622-6, a compilation of critical articles.[11]

·         Jaydeep Sarangi, Jayanta Mahapatra Joy of Living and Loving in His Poetry, Aavishkar Publishers' Distributors, 2012, ISBN 8179103749. Printed INR: 600.00, hardcover, 162 pp.

·         Zinia Mitra, "Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra Imagery and Experiential Identity",Authorspress,2012,ISBN 978-81-7273-655-2 Hardcover,INR:500,172pp

·         Shiba Shankar Nath,"The Poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra:A Study in Imagery",Delhi:Authorspress,2014,ISBN 978-81-7273-897-6.Printed INR: 700.00,hardcover,173 pp.


·         RL Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award for Poetry, 2013, Hyderabad.

·         Second Prize – International Who's Who in PoetryLondon, 1970.

·         Jacob Glatstein Memorial Award – Poetry, Chicago, 1975.

·         Visiting Writer – International Writing Program, Iowa City 1976–77.

·         Cultural Award Visitor, Australia, 1978.

·         Japan Foundation – Visitor's Award, Japan, 1980.



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