Poet Jayanta Mahapatra bags Padma-Shree Award

Yesterday with Rabi-bhai(Rabindra Swain) I went to Tinkonia Bagicha, Cuttack to meet Jayanta Mahapatra for a video interview. The poet was happy to gave us the permission for the interview. Back home I was watching news on TV and there came the good news — Jayanta Mahapatra’s name is in the list of most prestigious PadmaShree Award by India Government.

PadmaShree Award is an award given by the Government of India generally to Indian citizens to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Social Service and public life. (The word “Padma” (Sanskrit) means “Lotus”.)It stands fourth in the hierarchy of civilian awards after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.

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3 thoughts on “Poet Jayanta Mahapatra bags Padma-Shree Award

  1. He started writing poetry in his late thirties. But this late beginning signifies his ‘ripe advent’. He is the first Indian-English poet to have received, in 1981, the award of the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters, India) for his Relationship. Other awards and honours include First Prize in Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, Second Prize for International Who’s Who in Poetry, London, Gangadhar Meher National Award for Poetry, Ramakrishna Jaidayal Harmony Award and Vaikom Mohammed Basheer (1997) Award.

  2. At first a poet of introversion ;then extroversion and now largely aa autobiographical one he is turning to be.Golaka Acharya

  3. At first a poet of introversion ;then extroversion and now largely an autobiographical one he is turning to be.Golaka Acharya

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