Ashok Vajpeyi is a Hindi poet and lover of arts, apart from being a noted cultural and arts administrator, and a former civil servant. He was Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, from 2008 to 2011. He is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1994), Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman (1994) and Kabir Samman (2006), and has also been decorated by the President of the Republic of Poland with the outstanding national award The Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2004), and by the French government as Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005). His publications include poetry collections Kahin Nahin Vahin, Bahuri Akela, Ibarat Se Giri Matrayein, Kahin Koi Darwaza (Hindi) and A Name for Every Leaf (English). His critical works include Philhal, Samay Se Bahar, Kavita Ke Teen Darwaze (Hindi) and Raza: A Life in Art (English).