Yatindra Mishra (b. 1977) is a poet, editor and music aficionado, who has three collections of poetry to his name – Yada Kada (1997), Ayodhya tatha anya Kavitayein (1999) and Dyodhi Par Alaap (2005) – besides which he has written a book on the classical singer Girija Devi called Girija and a book of conversations with the dancer Sonal Mansingh called Devpriya. He has also edited selections from the poetry of Agyeya, Jitna Tumhara Sach Hai (2011), the prose of Ashok Vajpeyi, Kis Bhogol Mei Kis Sapne Mei (2011), and the poetry of Gulzar, Yaar Julahe (2009). His book on Ustad Bismillah Khan, Sur Ki Baradari, is soon to be published by Penguin (Yatra) Books. In addition, Mr. Mishra has edited the arts and cultural magazines “Sahit” and “Thatee,” and has travelled extensively in India and abroad to attend several cultural symposia.
In 1999 he founded the Vimla Devi Foundation to promote literature and the arts, and since 2006 he has been organizing an annual festival of performing arts called ‘Ishwar Allah Tero Naam,’ aimed at highlighting India’s Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb. He is the recipient of the Raza Award (2007), the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Yuva Puraskar (2006), the Hemant Smriti Kavita Sammaan (2005), the Bharat Bhushan Agarwal Smriti Puraskar(2004), Rajiv Gandhi Raashtriya Ekta Award (2004)and the Rituraj Sammaan (1999). He was also awarded a fellowship by the Department of Culture (2003-04) and an independent fellowship from Sarai, New Delhi(2006-07). Yatindra Mishra lives and works in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.