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Jayanta Mahapatra

Indian writer

1928   -  

country of citizenship: India, British Raj
native language: Odia
language of expression: Odia, English
educated at: International Writing Program
occupation: author, poet, translator
award received: Sahitya Akademi Award, Sarala Samman, Padma Shri in literature & education, SAARC Literary Award

Jayanta Mahapatra (born 22 October 1928) is a major Indian English poet. He is the first Indian poet to win Sahitya Akademi award for English poetry. He is the author of popular poems such as Indian Summer and Hunger, which are regarded as classics in modern Indian English literature. Jayanta Mahapatra was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India in 2009. However, he returned the Padma award in 2015 to protest against the rising intolerance in India.
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