CAN JAYANTA MAHAPATRA BE CALLED 'THE FATHER' OF MODERN INDIAN ENGLISH POETRY?JAYANTA MAHAPATRA:Jayanta    Mahapatra(1928-) needs no introduction. Perhaps any discussion on Indian English Poetry...

CAN JAYANTA MAHAPATRA BE CALLED 'THE FATHER' OF MODERN INDIAN ENGLISH POETRY?JAYANTA MAHAPATRA:

Jayanta    Mahapatra(1928-) needs no introduction. Perhaps any discussion on Indian English Poetry is incomplete without reference to his poetical works. Physicist, bilingual poet and essayist, Jayanta Mahapatra holds the distinction of being the first Indian English poet to have received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1981) for Relationship.He started writing poetry at the age of thirty-eight, quite late in normal standard. And immediately his poetry received accolades from knowledgeable quarters. Rooted in mythical-historical past of Orissa, and yet not unaware of the sociological changes in the contemporary society, he beautifully recreates in the mode of his poetic expression the landscape and people around him. In his poetry, Mahapatra sings of the hearts and minds of many things of nature, on the basis of his sincere love for all creation. Poverty, deprivation, social injustice, the plight of the Indian woman and prostitution recur in his verses. He says, “All these things happen around me.” He cannot ignore them and write about the ‘better things’ of life----about the lives of the upper classes. His belief in poetry as a social reality sets him off from other contemporary poets writing in English.

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hi. I am suraj verma,research scholar in english from Allahabad University under the supervison of Prof. Madhusudan Prasad.

The topic of my research is"socio-cultural consciousness in the poetry of Jayanta Mahapatra". The informations given here are good and fruitful for research scholars. I ,also wish to be an active member of this e-journal.

wishing for its success.

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An Interview with Jayanta Mahapatra

-     JAYDEEP SARANGI

 

[I visited Jayanta Mahapatra, one of the most widely researched Indian English poets, at his residence in Cuttack,Orissa where we had very fruitful discussions on Indian English poetry. We had two long sessions on two days, the 23rd and 24th June 2004.]

(J.S. -  Jaydeep Sarangi,  J.M. - Jayanta Mahapatra) 

J.S. -    Jayantada, you are the first Indian English poet to receive the honour from the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi with its Annual Prize for 1981. How did this recognition help you to reach the pinnacle of success?

J.M. -   I don’t think the award I received from the Sahitya Akademi in 1981 for Relationship mattered really. A US publisher in New York had already published the book; and now I think whether anybody would have published it in India. If you mean by “Success” as being known, then of course the prize mattered. It was significant, because it was for very first time in the Akademi’s history that the Award was given for Poetry in English, and this itself was a subject for jubilation. But otherwise, as I said, it didn’t change me - because I never even thought twice about going to receive the Award. It was sent to me (the plaque, etc.) later by post. I never went to Goa (the Award Ceremony was held in Goa that year) to receive the Award.

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Jayanta    Mahapatra(1928-) needs no introduction. Perhaps any discussion on Indian English Poetry is incomplete without reference to his poetical works. Physicist, bilingual poet and essayist, Jayanta Mahapatra holds the distinction of being the first Indian English poet to have received the Sahitya Akademi Award (1981) for Relationship.He started writing poetry at the age of thirty-eight, quite late in normal standard. And immediately his poetry received accolades from knowledgeable quarters. Rooted in mythical-historical past of Orissa, and yet not unaware of the sociological changes in the contemporary society, he beautifully recreates in the mode of his poetic expression the landscape and people around him. In his poetry, Mahapatra sings of the hearts and minds of many things of nature, on the basis of his sincere love for all creation. Poverty, deprivation, social injustice, the plight of the Indian woman and prostitution recur in his verses. He says, “All these things happen around me.” He cannot ignore them and write about the ‘better things’ of life----about the lives of the upper classes. His belief in poetry as a social reality sets him off from other contemporary poets writing in English.  At present, he is the author of seventeen volumes of verse (in English).

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