Jayanta Mahapatra (born 22 October 1928) is one of the best known Indian English poets. He is the first ever Indian poet to win Sahitya Akademi award for English poetry. 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.
Here is a documentary interview , ‘Face to Face with Jayanta Mahapatra’ was recorded on the evening of 25th January 2009, the very evening when his name was announced for the ‘Padma Shree‘ award by the president of India.
2016 (Edited and updated version)
Originally published in 2009
‘Getting There’ by Silent Partner, Licensed under CC Attribution License.