Sitakant Mahapatra is an acclaimed poet and critic in Odia and English. He was an IAS officer from 1961 till his retirement in 1995. He has published over 15 poetry collections, five essay collections, a travelogue, and over 30 contemplative works, apart from numerous translations. His notable works are Sabdar Akash, Samudra, and Anek Sharat. He has received numerous awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award in Odia for his poetry collection Sabdar Akash, the Jnanpith Award, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan, apart from the Soviet Land Nehru Award and Kabeer Samman.
- December 13, 2016