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Jayanta Mahapatra needs no introduction. Any discussion on Indian English Poetry is incomplete without reference to his poetical works. Mahapatra holds the distinction of being the first Indian English poet to have received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the current book “Relationship”. “his international reputation has been compared to that of Wordsworth…”
Last Saturday morning I went to Cuttack with Rabi bhai (Rabindra Ku. Swain ) to meet Jayanta Mahapatra. The poet was very happy to discuss about the coming homepage and gave a “Green Go Ahead” ! It was a great experience for me to have a chance to have a look at his old black and white family album.
The domain name www.jayantamahapatra.com has been booked for the purpose of the official homepage of the poet Jayanta Mahapatra. The site will contain the biography, video interviews, his poems collections and the online literary center where you can download some of his works.
“Chandrabhaga”, the literary journal founded by Jayanta will also be fetured on this site.
Jayanta Mahapatra is one of the best known Indian English poets. He also writes in Oriya. Mahapatra was born in 1928 in Cuttack, the city where he spent most of his lifetime.
Besides being one of the most 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 the finest poets in the IEP tradition. Mahapatra is also different in not being a product of the Bombay school of poets. Over time, he has managed to carve a quiet, tranquail poetic voice of his own–distinctly different from those of his contemporaries. His wordy lyricism combined with authentic Indian themes put him in a league of his own.
In a way, Jayanta Mahapatra is not just an Indian English Poet. He is a school of poetry that has inspired many younger generation poets.
Yesterday, as per my previous appointment I visited Gopabandhu Academy of Administration to meet Rabindra K. Swain, one of notable English poets from Orissa, and Managing Editor of Literary journal Chandrabhaga. At the first sight I was impressed by his pleasant smile. We discussed on various topics related to Jayanta Mahapatra and his works and what can be done to create an iconic cyber presence of the poet and his work. Rabindra expressed his unhappiness on the lack of enthusiasm in efforts by various literary organisations of the state, to promote cultural and literary talents of the state. So a decision is made…we can not wait for any third party to come up and extend a hand to promote India’s living legend poet Jayanta Mahapatra — rather its us who can contribute to take the next step to bring a synergy betweeen information technology and literary minds. We must act as “catalyst” to bring Jayanta’s works to an international audience in via hypermedia.
When I returned, Rabindra gifted me some recent works of Jayanta and his own. Among them was Jayanta’s most recent work “Random Descent”, Rabindra’s “Susurrus in the Skull” along with a copy of last issue of Chandrabhaga journal.
I will be planning for a website where we will showcase most adored works of Jayanta along with his Video interviews, biography, beliefs& views and online gallery of the poet. I am thinking of using Flash and FLV to create this site which will be a source of insipiration for generations to come.