50 years on, no memorial for poet

KATHMANDU: Nepali communities all over the world today celebrated poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota's 101 birth anniversary.

Devkota is remembered as the best poet ever in the history of Nepal.

He was born in Thatunati (now Dhobidhara) of Kathmandu on the auspicious day of Laxmi Puja. However, he had to spend his entire life in miserable financial situation.

"I read about many poets but I find Devkota very special one in the history of Nepalese literature," said Dr.Govinda Raj Bhattarai, Nepali litterateur and critic.

Devokota was born in 1909 when Ranas were at the helms of affairs in the country.

“Fifty years have lapsed since his death and there is not a single memorial for the great poet. It is shameful to us and the nation," added Bhattarai.

Among the works of Devkota, Shakuntala was written in three months, the Sulochana epic in 10 days, and Kunjini on a fortnight. Devokota was also one time Education Minister.

"We could not do more to promote his write-ups although he is one of the celebrated international figures in literature," Bhattarai added, highlighting his contributions in the field of literature.

Muna Madan is one of the bestsellers and is among the most popular of Devkota's works.

Devkota also wrote novels like Champa, Gulzar and Mahakavyas like Shakuntal, Sulochana, and Bana Kusum.

Devkota succumbed to cancer in 1959.