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Sumitranandan Pant (1900-1977) was a prolific poet, dramatist and essayist who has 28 published works to his credit, which include Pallav, Gunjan, Yugavani, Gramya, Svarnakirana, Silpi and Lokayatana. He is the recipient of several honours and awards like the prestigious Padma Bhushan (1961), Jnanpith Award (1968), Sahitya Akademi Award and the Soviet Land-Nehru Award. The finest of his works is Pallav, which is a collection of 32 poems written between 1918 and 1925.