English Poet Jayanta Mahapatra Passes Away at 95

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Renowned Indian English Poet, Jayant Mohapatra passed away at the age of 95.

An Overview of the News

  • Born in Cuttack, Odisha, India, on October 22, 1928, Mohapatra's literary journey spanned over 50 years, during which he made a lasting impact with his writings.

  • He received his education from Ravenshaw College in Cuttack and later from Delhi University.

  • Initially, Mohapatra's career revolved around teaching physics, and in his late 30s, he developed a keen interest in English poetry.

  • In 1971, he published his first collection titled'Swayamvar and Other Poems', a turning point that marked the beginning of his poetic journey.

  • His notable work, 'Close the Sky Ten by Ten' played an important role in propelling him forward in the line of eminent writers in the literary world.

Jayant Mohapatra: Pioneering Achievements and Honors in Literature

  • In 1981, Jayant Mohapatra became the first English language writer to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book "Relationships".

  • He received the Jacob Glatstein Memorial Award from Poetry Magazine, Chicago.

  • In 2009, she won the Alan Tate Poetry Prize from The Sewanee Review.

  • He was awarded the SAARC Literary Award in New Delhi in 2009.

  • Jayant Mohapatra was presented with the Tata Literature Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri and an honorary doctorate from Ravenshaw University.

  • He obtained his D.Litt degree in 2006 from Utkal University, Odisha.

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