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.
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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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