Srikant Verma was a novelist, short-story writer, journalist and literary critic, but he is best known as one of the most significant poets in modern Hindi poetry. His most famous poetic work is Magadh, for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award. Other works include the poetry collections Bhatka Megh, Maya Darpan and Jalsaghar; collections of short stories Jhadi and Samvad; a travelogue Apollo Ka Rath; and a book of interviews, Beeswin Sadi Ke Andhere Mein. A part of the Indian National Congress, he was also a Member of Parliament for almost a decade. Shrikant Verma died in 1986.