Jayanta Mahapatra- A Reader
|Author:||Durga Prasad Panda|
|Publisher:||SAHITYA AKADEMI, DELHI|
|Other Details||8.50x5.50 inch|
Jayanta Mahapatra (b. 1928) has earned a considerable reputation as a poet both in India and abroad for his powerful, haunting and visionary work. He has 42 books to his credit including Close the sky. Ten by Ten, Svayamvara and Other Poems, A Father's Hours, A Rain of Rites, Waiting. The False Start, Relationship, Dispossessed Nests, and Burden of Waves and Fruit: Poems. His works have been widely anthologized, and accounts on him and his poems have appeared in many reputed journals of the world. He has won many coveted awards including the Jacob Glastein Memorial Award, Padmashree Award and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He was the Indo-Soviet Exchange Writer in the USSR in 1985, and in 1986 a Resident Poet at the Rockefeller Cultural Foundation in Lake Como, Italy.
I have no qualms about admitting that I have learnt the fine art of writing poetry virtually holding his frail hands while treading on the mysterious path of words. 'JM' as we fondly call him has obviously been a firm support to many like me, unlike many high-browed ones of his Poetry.
There are obvious advantages of editing a comprehensive 'Reader' of a poet while the poet himself is very much alive and around (amen to that). Making the most of his availability and accessibility I persuaded him to write a small note, 'ON MYSELF' exclusively for this 'Reader' which he promptly obliged.
Coming from a gentle, suave, unassuming and somewhat shy and reclusive poet of his stature, this note was certainly a bonus. For many of us who have grown up reading Jayanta Mahapatra, it is heartening to know that Sahitya Akademi has come up with the idea to bring out a 'Reader' on him which seems long overdue.
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