Ashok Vajpeyi

Ashok Vajpeyi

Indian writer and literary critic, president of the Indian Academy of Art, translator of Polish literature. Author of 13 poetry books, literary criticism texts (in this 4 in English). His texts were printed, among others, in tome 11 Cracow Indological Studies – a periodical issued from 1995 by the Department of Indological Studies of the Institute of Oriental Philology of the Jagiellonian University. Writing in the Indian language, this poet has contributed to the popularisation of Polish culture in India, translating Polish modern poetry into Indian (Miłosz, Herbert, Szymborska and Różewicz; together with Renata Czekalska). He is the laureate of many awards – among others, the prestigious award of the Indian Academy of Literature for the collection of poetry Nigdzie właśnie tam. In 2004 he was decorated the Polish government for his services in promoting Polish culture abroad. In 2005 he received a French distinction Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Officier. In 2008 a selection of his poems in Polish was published, titled Gramatyka wyobraźni (Księgarnia Akademicka). At the 2nd International J. Conrad Literary Festival he gave a lecture entitled Soul Force. Polish Poetry in India.