Nepal observed the 111th Birth Anniversary of legendary Nepali poet laurete Laxmi Prasad Devkota.
A number of programs were held in Nepal and abroad to mark the great Devkota’s birth anniversary. The famous Nepali poet was born on Kartik 27, 1966 BS, which coincided with the Laxmi Puja of Tihar festival that year.
His famous works include Munamadan, Pahadi, Pukar, Shakuntal and Sulochana. Devkota was also an essayist and wrote books in all genres of Nepali literature. His other works span dramas, epics, essays, fiction, long narrative poems and storybooks. His writings were a fusion of eastern and western philosophy.
He wrote the Shakuntal epic in three months, Sulochana in 10 days and Kunjini – a long narrative poem in one day.
Devkota’s contribution to Nepali literature is seen in his initiatives which include global publicity of Nepali literature by translating Nepali books in foreign languages and heading Nepali delegations to foreign conferences, translating and publishing the Parasiddha Prabandha Sangraha – a collection of essays from 15 foreign writers into Nepali language and making Nepali language a compulsory in the Nepali education curriculum during his stint as Nepal Education Minister in 2016 BS.
Devkota also contributed to the establishment of Nepal Academy.