He was conferred Sahitya Akademi Award in 1981, a rare recognition for an Indian English writer
Jayanta Mahapatra, one of India’s best known English poets, passed away in the State-run SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack on August 27.
Mr. Mahapatra, who was 95, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the SCB Medical College Hospital for ill-health for several days. “He was admitted to hospital due to pneumonia and kidney ailment on August 4. He had recovered from first cardiac arrest. Sunday’s heart stroke proved fatal,” said Jayanta Panda, physician who was overseeing his treatment.