Born: 1940 in Kolkata, India
Resides: Pondicherry, India
E-mail: ajum24 (at) gmail (dot) com
Aju Mukhopadhyay is a bilingual award winning poet, essayist, fiction writer and critic. He has authored 34 books; ten books of poems in English including books of Japanese short verses. Many of his Japanese short verses have been translated in some foreign and Indian languages like some of his other poems and short stories. He is published in India and abroad. His poems have been widely anthologised in about 25 national and international anthologies. More than ten books contain critique on his poetry. He has been published as a world poet in different international journals, ezines, websites and poetry journals. His blog address is www.aju-mukhopadhyay.blogspot.in and he is present at Face Book, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Awards and Other Honors: Certificate of Competence as a Published Writer Award by the Writers Bureau, Manchester, UK (2000); Best Poet of the Year Award by the Poets International, Bangalore, India (2003); Editor's Choice, Published Poet Award by the International Library of Poetry, USA (2007); Excellence in World Poetry Award by the International Poets Academy, Chennai (2009); Certificate of Merit for his poem, "Structural Violence," awarded by Lucidity Poetry Journal (Sugar Land, USA, 2011); the Albert Camus Centenary Writing Award for essays, by SCWI Journal (Cyprus, 2013); Certificate of Honourable Mention and Certificate of Appreciation, awarded by the Vishwabharati Research Centre (Pune, 2017); Certificate of Excellence, poetry anthology Core Realm of Cosmic Peace and Harmony (The Poetry Society of India, 2017). One of his poems, "Image of a Rustic Girl", was published as one of the best poems from around the world by the www.FestivePoetry.com (December 2017). Some of his poems have been displayed in some websites as the best or one or the ten best poems in such websites www.poetsincia.com and www.asianamericanpoetry.com. Haiku displayed at sites: Daruma Museum Gallery /Daruma Pilgrim's Gallery published three haiku (2009); Akita International Haiku Network presented eight haiku in their Spring Festival (2010) and two haiku for the New Year Haiku (2011); Haiku Oregon, co-sponsored by the City of Bend, Oregon, included one haiku in the haiku display during the Quarterly National Meeting & Haiku Art Walk Wall at the historic Liberty Theatre (2012). Anthologies: His haiku has been published in some anthologies including the following remarkable ones: Poets International, an international anthology of poems (Bangalore, India, 2007); Indian Haiku, an anthology of haiku by Indian poets in English and translated in Hindi (Chandigarh, India, 2008); One thousand cranes [an international anthology of haiku poems, on the occasion of International Haiku Contest within The International Festival, Origami Peace Tree] (PIM Publishing House, Lasi, Romania in 2009); this anthology contained two of his haiku, the only entry from India, in English rendered in Bengali Script followed by its equivalent in Roman script and translation in Roman language; A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Bangor, ME, USA, 2015); naad anunaad, an anthology of world haiku (Pune, India, 2016). World Haiku Review Awards: This official magazine of the World Haiku Club has published many of his haiku and haibun. The following were some of the occasions of special honour: Honorable Mention and Haiku of Merit (May 2008); Vanguard Haiku and Other Haiku of Merit [Shintai--New Style--Haiku] (October 2008); Haiku of Merit, World Haiku Festival in Nagasaki; Competition on the theme of the Atomic Bomb and two haiku in General Category (2010); Haiku of Merit (August 2010); two Haiku of Merit, Shintai Haiku Selections; Zatsuei (January 2011); First Place, Neo-Classical Haiku and Haiku of Merit (December 2011); Haiku of Merit [Zatsuei] (August 2012); Two Haiku of Merit Awards [Neo Classical Haiku;Zatsui] (December 2012); Honourable Mention [Vanguard] (June 2015); Haiku of Merit [Zatsuei] (June 2016); Haiku of Merit [Vanguard haiku; Zatsui] (August 2017); Editor's Choice, 10th Anniversary Issue (March 2018). Sketchbook Awards: Editors' Choice (October 2008); Editors' Choice (May / June 2009); Editor's Choice (October 2010); Poem of Honourable Merit, Found Poetry Contest (2011). Essays on haiku and related subjects: He has written some essays which have been highly commended. The following essays are included in his book of haiku and tanka: Short Verse Delight (2010): "The World of Dazzling Short Verses"; "Introducing Haiku in India Tagore wrote haiku-like short poems"; "Was Rabindranath Influenced by the short poems of Nishikanta?" and "Finite or Infinite: A Haiku Point." His recent essay titled, "Matsuo Basho's Creative Haibun: State of the Art", has been published in some good journals and appreciated. He wrote reviews of some haiku books and wrote a report on the Ninth World Haiku Festival at Bangalore, India. He participated in it and wrote a report on it in Haiku Review and Sketchbook which recommended his report as follows: "A correspondent from India - in Sketchbook Correspondents: Aju Mukhopadhyay, India - Connecting to India: "Dear poets, Aju's write-up in Sketchbook about the 9th World Haiku Festival 2008 in India is a piece of wonderful writing. Please read it!" (Sketchbook, October 31, 2010).
Books Published: Aju Mukhopadhyay has published 34 books. Some important and relevant books are: Short Verse Vast Universe [Haiku /Tanka] (Sri Aurobindo's Action, Pondicherry, India, 2005); Short Verse Delight [Haiku/Tanka/Essays] (PrasoonPublication, Gurgaon, India, 2010); Sri Aurobindo: The Yogi of Divine Life (Authors Press; New Delhi, India, 2010); The World of Sri Aurobindo's Creative Literatur (Do, 2013); The Mother of All Beings (Do, 2012); The Moments of Life [Short Stories] (Frog Books /US, Leadstart/Mumbai, India, 2009); Pondicherry Environment (Sri Aurobindo's Action, Pondicherry, India, 2007); Poetry on Nature and Environment (The Poetry Society of India, Gurgaon, India, 2017).
Credits: "droning crickets" - Chrysanthemum 20 (October 2016); "a crow" - Chrysanthemum 21 (April 2017); "figures sculpted" - Chrysanthemum 23 (April 2018); "dead it falls" - Akita International Haiku Network Spring Festival (2010); "so near yet so far" - Akita International Haiku Network Spring Festival (2010); "endangered" - Akita International Haiku Network Spring Festival (2010).