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Government of India
Ministry of Culture
22-April-2008 17:24 IST
Ashok Vajpeyi becomes chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi
The President of India has appointed Shri Ashok Vajpeyi, presently functioning as pro-tem Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi as regular Chairman of the said Akademi.

Shri Vajpeyi is an eminent Hindi poet and critic. He is a widely respected person and has held various important positions. He has served as Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Chairman, Bharat Bhawan Trust, Trustee, Indira Gandhi National Centre of the Arts, Member, Indian Council of Cultural Relations and Executive Board Member of Sangeet Natak Akademi. A leading poet and essay writer, Shri Vajpeyi has a number of publications, including books of art, to his credit. He has also won Dayavati Modi Kavi Shekhar Samman, 1994 and Sahitya Akademi Award, 1994.

Shri Vajpeyi will hold office till the end of the calendar year in which he completes 70 years of age i.e. utpo 31.12.2011.