Jayanta Mahapatra

Jayanta Mahapatra

Jayanta Mahapatra

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Jayanta Mahapatra (b.1928) is one of the best known Indian English poets.

He also writes in Oriya. Mahapatra was born in Cuttack, the city where he spent most of his lifetime.

Indian Poets Trio

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 besides R. Parthasarathy. 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.

Career

All his working life, he taught physics at various colleges in Orissa including Gandhar Meher College, Sambalpur, B.J.B College Bhubanewar, Fakir Mohan College, Balasore and Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He retired in 1986. Web page titled "Jayanta Mahapatra's Profile" at the Muse India Web site, accessed October 16, 2007

Mahapatra has authored 16 books of poems. His poetry volumes include Relationship, Bare Face and Shadow Space. Mahapatra is a Sahitya Akademi awardee, and also a recipient of the Jacob Glatstein award conferred by Poetry magazine, Chicago. He was also awarded the Allen Tate Poetry Prize for 2009 from The Sewanee Review, Sewanee, USA. He...
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