'Literature and culture strengthen bilateral ties'

KATHMANDU: A special literary programme was organised in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh, with an objective of strengthening bilateral ties between Nepal and Bangladesh, recently.

Addressing the programme, deputy speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Fazle Rabbi Miah said that literature and culture were enhancing an age-old tie existing between the two countries.

Likewise, Nepali Ambassador to Bangladesh Chop Lal Bhusal shared that social and cultural similarities have been the medium for strengthening bilateral relations between Nepal and Bangladesh since long.

Speaking in the programme, poet Manjul said that Bangladeshi people had the feeling of brotherhood and fraternity that reflect in their writings as well.

Cooperation between society and literary organisations in Bangladesh on the issues of literature and cultural exchanges has been intact for the past 10 years. Various Nepali literary creations have been translated into the Bengali language and vice-versa during this period.

A delegation from the Nepal Srashta Samaj (Nepal Creative Writers’ Society-NCWS), at the cordial invitation of Bangladesh-Nepal Friendship Association, had left for Dhaka to participate in the Nepal-Bangladesh Bilateral Special Literary and Cultural Interactive Programme on April 27.

The delegation comprised literary figure Pawan Alok, senior journalist and Nepal Literary Journalists Association chair Nagendra Raj Sharma, writers Saraswati Sharma of ‘Jigyashu', Nawaraj Pudasaini of ‘Jyotsana’, noted poet Manjul, and litterateur Sushmita Nepal among others.