Sumitranandan Pant

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Sumitranandan Pant

Born:20 May 1900

Died:28 December 1977

  • He was an Indian poet.
  • He was one of the most celebrated left-wing Communist 20th century poets of the Hindi language and was known for romanticism in his poems which were inspired by nature, people and beauty within.
  • He is considered one of the major poets of the Chhayavaadi school of Hindi literature.
  • He mostly wrote in Sanskritized Hindi.
  • He authored twenty-eight published works including poetry, verse plays and essays.
  • Apart from Chhayavaadi poems, Pant also wrote progressive, socialist and humanist poems.philosophical (influenced by Sri Aurobindo).
  • He eventually moved beyond this style.
  • As the late scholar and translator of Pant, David Rubin, writes, “In the early forties the new psychological and experimental “schools” were emerging.
  • It was typical of both Nirala and he that they themselves anticipated these trends and, by the time the new approaches were in vogue, they had already moved on to newer areas of experimentation.
  • In 1968, he became the first Hindi poet to receive the Jnanpith Award, considered to be India’s highest accolade for literature.
  • This was awarded to him for a collection of his most famous poems titled Chidambara.
  • He received the “Sahitya Academy” award, given by India’s Academy of Letters, for “Kala Aur Budhdha Chand”.
  • The Indian Government honored him with Padma Bhushan in 1961.
  • He composed the Kulgeet of the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee “Jayati Jayati Vidya Sansthan”.

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