Ashok Vajpeyi, a Hindi poet-critic, translator, editor and culture-activist, is a major cultural figure of India. With more than 13 books of poetry, 7 of criticism in Hindi and 4 books on art and music in English to his credit, he is widely recognized as an outstanding promoter of culture and an innovative institution-builder. Over the years he has worked tirelessly to enhance the mutual awareness and interaction between Indian and foreign cultures.
He has been decorated by the President of Republic of Poland by the outstanding national award "The Officer’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland", by the French Govt. by the award of "Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" and by the Embassy of Romania to India by the award "Best Promoter of Indo-Romanian Relations".He has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Dayawati Kavi Shekhar Samman and the Kabir Samman.