ASHOK VAJPEYI is a poet, essayist and literary critic, apart from being a noted cultural and arts administrator, and a former civil servant. He was chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, from 2008–2011. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1994 for his poetry collection, Kahin Nahin Wahin. His other notable poetry collections include Shaher Ab Bhi Sambhavana Hai, Tatpurush, Ummeed ka Doosra Naam and Vivaksha. He has also published works on literary and art criticism: Filhal, Kuchh Poorvagrah, Samay se Bahar, Kavita ka Galp and Sidhiyan Shuru ho Gayi Hain. He is amongst those who returned his award to mark his protest against the Sahitya Akademi’s silence on the murder of the rationalist M.M. Kalburgi.