09 February 2017
Sumitranandan Pant 23.12.2015
Sumitranandan Pant (May 20, 1900 – December 28, 1977) born in Kausani in Almora district of Uttarakhand, was one of the major literary figures of modern Hindi literature who founded the Chayavaad format of Hindi poetry. It was shortly after Mahatma Gandhi’s call for Satyagraha Movement that Shri Pant went to Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram in Pondicherry and it was from that point onwards that he expanded his horizon and started writing in broader contexts.
Sumitranandan Pant was awarded the Jnanpith Award in 1968 for a collection of his most famous poems, “Chidambara”. He was awarded the Nehru Peace Prize by the Soviet Union for “Lokayatan” and the “Sahitya Kala Academy” award for “Kala aur Boodha Chand”. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1961. Sumitranandan Pant died on 28 December, 1977.