Renowned Hindi poet Kailash Vajpeyi died on 1 April 2015 due to cardiac arrest in a private hospital of Saket in New Delhi. He was 79.
He is survived by his wife and daughter Ananya Vajpeyi.
Kailash Vajpeyi was born in 1936 at Hamirpur of Uttar Pradesh and began his career as a journalist and subsequently started teaching at Delhi University.
He published 28 books, including 14 volumes of poetry. Some of his works includes Sufinama, Sankrant, Dehant se Hatkar (Away from Death), Teesra Andhera (Third Darkness), Prthvi ka krshnapaksha, Rajdhani and Bhavishya Ghat Raha Hai (The future is shrinking).
A number of his poems were banned like Naya Rashtrageet (A new national anthem).
Award and hounours conferred on Kailash Vajpeyi includes
• Sahitya Akademi award in 2009 for his work Hawa mein hastakshar (Signature in the air)
• Vachaspati title from Lucknow University
• He was honoured by Delhi Academy of Letters and New York’s Literary Society
Who: Kailash Vajpeyi
Where: In New Delhi
What: Died at the age of 79
When: 1 April 2015