Renowned poet Jayanta Mahapatra was honoured as the Tata Steel Literature Live! Poet Laureate for 2018. This Award honours poets who have made an outstanding contribution to literature in India.
Indian English poet Jayanta Mahapatra said, “An award from Tata Literature Live! is something to be proud of. I am honoured to receive this Award.”
Kulvin Suri, Chief, Corporate Communications – India & SE Asia, Tata Steel remarked, “Tata Steel is committed to the advancement of Indian arts, literature and culture. Humanist, physicist, and essayist, Jayanta Mahapatra, is one of the finest bilingual Indian English poets. The power of his poetry touches the hearts. We are pleased to honour him with the Tata Steel Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award for exceptional poetry. We do hope Mr. Mahapatra’s achievements inspire young poets to follow their passion.”
Founder & Festival Director, Anil Dharker said, “We are delighted to announce Jayanta Mahapatra as the Poet Laureate. Mr. Mahapatra’s profound and many-layered verse exemplifies sympathetic imagination and has made him one of India’s most lauded poets at home and abroad.”
Jayanta Mahapatra was born in Cuttack in 1928 and graduated in physics, which subject he taught at university till retirement. He started writing poetry relatively late but soon won recognition both in India and abroad for his tranquil and lyrical verse. He is one of the trio of poets who laid the foundations for Indian poetry in English and the first Indian poet writing in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award. His poems like ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Relationship’ are considered modern literary classics. His work has appeared in international publications such as the New Yorker.
The Poet Laureate Award will be presented to Mr. Mahapatra on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.
Past recipients of the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate award include Gulzar Saab, Vikram Seth and Keki Daruwalla.