Cuttack: Eminent litterateur, legendary poet and Padma Shri awardee Jayanta Mahapatra, who breathed his last yesterday, was cremated with full state honours at Khan Nagar in Odisha’s Cuttack city, today.
Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain and Cuttack Municipal Corporation Mayor Subhash Singh among others were present during the last rites of Mahapatra.
The poet passed away yesterday at the age of 95 while undergoing treatment at the SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack, after suffering from Pneumonia.
He was previously suffering from old age-related complications.
Worth mentioning, Mahapatra was born on 22nd October 1928. He is the first Indian poet to win the Sahitya Akademi Award for English poetry. He authored notable poems such as ‘Indian Summer’ and ‘Hunger’, which are regarded as classics in modern Indian English literature.
Mahapatra was awarded Padma Shri in 2009. He penned 27 books on poems, of which seven are in Odia and the rest in English.