With his books at a seminar in IGNOU
|Born||1941 (age 73–74)|
|Occupation||Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi India's National Academy of Arts (2008–2011), poet, essayist, literary-cultural critic|
|Notable awards||Sahitya Akademi Award (1994)|
Ashok Vajpeyi (Hindi: अशोक वाजपेयी) (born 1941) is an Indian poet in Hindi, essayist, literary-cultural critic, apart from being a noted cultural and arts administrator, and a former civil servant. He was chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi India's National Academy of Arts, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India, 2008–2011. He has published over 23 books of poetry, criticism and art, and was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award given by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, in 1994 for his poetry collection, Kahin Nahin Wahin. His notable poetry collections include, Shaher Ab Bhi Sambhavana Hai (1966), Tatpurush (1986), Bahuri Akela (1992), Ibarat Se Giri Matrayen, Ummeed ka Doosra Naam (2004) and Vivaksha (2006), besides this 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 generally seen as part of the old Delhi-centric literary-cultural establishment consisting of bureaucrat-poets and academicians like Sitakanta Mahapatra, Keki Daruwalla, J.P.Das, Gopi Chand Narang, Indra Nath Choudhari and K.Satchidanandan.
Over the years he served Secretary of Culture, Union Ministry of Culture, and as Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya; chairman, Bharat Bhavan Trust; trustee, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA); member, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and executive board member of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He has won the Dayavati Modi Kavi Shekhar Samman, 1994, and the Kabir Samman (2006). His work has been translated into many Indian languages, besides in English, French, and Polish. After being appointed a pro-tem Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi India's National Academy of Arts, he was subsequently appointed as its regular chairman, in April 2008, till December 2011.
As a translator, he translated works of four major poets of Poland, Czeslaw Milosz, W. Szymborska, Z. Herbert and T. Rozewicz into Hindi. After his retirement from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he has lived in Delhi.
- Kahin Nahin Vahin (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-0547-7.
- Jo Nahin Hai (Hindi). Kitabghar Prakashan, 1996. ISBN 81-7016-349-8.
- Seediyan Suroo Ho Gayee Hain (Hindi). Vani, 1996. ISBN 81-7055-498-5.
- Ek Patang Anant Mein (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-1047-0.
- Samay Ke Pass Samay (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-7178-972-2.
- Kavita Ka Galpa (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-7119-272-6.
- Dukh Chitthirasa Hai (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-267-1506-0.
- Umang (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-0979-0.
- Pao Bhar Jeera Mein Brahambhoj (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-0533-7.
- Kuch Purvgrah (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-0546-9.
- Sanshaya Ke Saaye (Hindi). Bhartiya Jnanpith. ISBN 81-263-1417-6.
- Kavita Ka Janpad (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-7119-116-9.
- Ujala Ek Mandir Banati Hai (Hindi). Rajpal And Sons, ISBN 81-7028-631-X.
- Avignon. Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-7178-431-3.
- Punarwasu (S.) (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-267-1454-4.
- Kuchh Rafoo Kuchh Thigare (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-0846-8.
- Vivaksha (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 81-267-1199-X.
- Anyatra (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-267-2029-3
- Kabhi Kabhar (Hindi). Vani, 2000. ISBN 81-7055-716-X.
- Bahuri Akela (Hindi). Vani, 2005.
- Ab Yahan Nahin (Hindi). Penguin, 2011. ISBN 978-0-14-310160-4.
- Pratinidhi Kavitayen : Ashok Vajpeyi (Hindi). Rajkamal Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-7178-704-3.
- "General Council Members". Lalit Kala Akademi website.
- "The Word: Ashok Vajpeyi , Poet and former chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi". Tehelka Magazine, Vol 9, Issue 09, Dated. 3 March 2012.
- "Ashok Vajpeyi". Jaipur Literature Festival.
- "Ashok Vajpeyi Lalit Kala Akademi pro-tem chief". The Hindu. 23 February 2008.
- Amit Prakash, Y.P. Rajesh (Nov 1, 1995). "The Literary Mafia". Outlook Magazine.
- "Play: Ashok Vajpeyi". World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma.
- "Ashok Vajpeyi becomes chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi". Ministry of Culture. 22 April 2008.
- "Arty soul: Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman Ashok Vajpeyi..". The Hindu. 24 December 2010.
- They were here The Little Magazine
- Ashok Vajpeyi in Shabdankan eMagazine
- Ashok Vajpeyi, poetry (Hindi) at Kavita Kosh
- "Cultural crusader". The Tribune. 29 April 2012.
- Ashok Vajpeyi – Why Art – Lecture at Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi on YouTube