Namobuddha Municipality Honours Poet Momila and Storywriter Ashok Thapa

Bhakunde Besi, July 14

Namobuddha Municipality, Kavre has honoured poet Momila for her contribution to Nepali literature, and storywriter Ashok Thapa for his popular story collection Santapko Dhoon. In a literary event organized at the conference hall of the Municipality in Bhakunde Besi to commemorate the 210th birth anniversary of the first Nepali poet Bhanubhakta, the writer duo was honoured by Ishwari Prasad Sharma, the Chief Executive Officer of the Manicipality, and poet Gopal Prajuli, the chief Guest of the event with cash and citations. Speaking on the occasion, poet Momila said she considers poetry a divine exercise and poets the patrons of truth. She said she was happy that a daughter of the East was recognized and honoured by community away from her hometown. Storywriter Thapa said his motif in writing stories was to unearth the voices of the unheard and explore the lives of the unseen. He also expressed his happiness on being recognized as a promising storywriter.

The event featured ten reputed writers from outside Kavre, besides the local participants, including children. Those attending the event from outside Kavre were critic Prof. Dr. Sabitri Malla Kashapati, researcher and essayist Sharad Pradan, journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Sahityapost Aswini Koirala, poet and translator Dr. Komal Phuyal, poet and critic Mahesh Paudyal and poet and publisher Jayram Timalsina.  Poets representing Kavre district included poet and song writer Govinda Kandel Aansu, poets Hari Krishna Silwal, Dhruva P. Khanal, Kamal Bhurtel, Shanti Ghorasaini Neupane, Ramesh P. Neupane, Kamala Subedi, Mamata Adhikari, Laxman Gautam, Roshani Lama, Pooja Gautam, Aakriti Khanal, Gokarna Dhital and others. The poets read out their poems.

Addressing the gathering, researcher and essayist Sharad Pradhan explained at length the contribution of poet Bhanubhakta and his readership in Nepal and India. Chief Guest, Madan Puraskar winning poet Gopal Parajuli said he felt honoured to be among the poets in Kavre, the district of his ancestors. He also paid his homage to poet Bhanubhakta and thanked the Municipality for bringing art and literature under its care. Chair of the session Ishwari Prasad Sharma reiterated the Municipality’s commitment to support art and literature from its end, and promised to give continuity to the annual event. The event was coordinated by Tara Sunuwar, an official of the Municipality.

It might be noted that the Municipality has been organizing such events for the past three years, on or around Bhanju Jayanti.