Yatindra Mishra is a celebrated Hindi poet and music and cinema scholar. He has four collections of Hindi poetry, several well-received books on Indian Classical Music & Cinema and some translations. His book, Lata: Sur-Gatha, won many awards, including the prestigious 64th National Film Award for Best Writing on Cinema and the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Award for Best Writing on Cinema. His latest book, Akhtari: Soz Aur Saaz Ka Afsana, is based on the life, times and music of Akhtari Bai Faizabadi Aka Begum Akhtar. Mishra is currently working on a book on the eminent lyricist, poet and film-maker Gulzar Saheb.