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Sitakant Mahapatra Padma Vibhushan Awarded In 2011

Sitakant Mahapatra

Sitakant Mahapatra

Award Name : Padma Vibhushan

Year of Award : 2011

Award for : Literature

Location : Cuttack, Orissa, India


Sitakant Mahapatra is a notable Indian poet and literary critic in Odia as well as English. He has also been in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) since 1961 until retiring in 1995, and has since held ex officio posts such as the Chairman of National Book Trust, New Delhi. He was born on 17 September 1937 in Mahanga, Cuttack, Odisha. After his schooling from Korua government high school, he chose to join Ravenshaw College, Cuttack (then affiliated with Utkal University), where he did his B.A. in History Honours 1957, this was followed by Masters degree in Political Science from Allahabad University in 1959. During that time, he was the editor of the university journal. It was here that he started writing both in English and Oriya, though later he decided to write poetry solely in his native, Oriya realising that "a poet can express himself only in the language in which he dreams", his scholastic works however are in English.

He has published over 15 poetry collection, 5 essay collections, a travelogue, over 30 contemplative works, apart from numerous translations. His poetry collection have been published in several Indian languages. His notable works are, Sabdar Akash (1971) (The Sky of Words), Samudra (1977) and Anek Sharat (1981). He was awarded the 1974 Sahitya Akademi Award in Oriya for his poetry collection, Sabdar Akash (The Sky of Words). He was awarded the Jnanpith Award in 1993 "for outstanding contribution to Indian literature" and in its citation the Bharatiya Jnanpith noted, "Deeply steeped in western literature his pen has the rare rapturous fragrance of native soil"; he was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011 for literature apart from winning the Soviet Land Nehru Award, Kabeer Samman and several other prestigious awards.

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