7. The Seventh Annual Conference of DSRC was held at Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER) from December 26-27, 2015 (corresponding to Poush 11-12, 2071). Dr. Durga Prasad Aryal chaired the inaugural session. Vishnu Bhibhu Ghimire, Vice-Chancellor of Nepal Academy, inaugurated the conference. During the Inaugural Session, Mahakavi Devkota’s “Rastriya Gaan” was played as the inaugural candles were lit. Rameshwar Raut ‘Matridas’ and Nabaraj Lamsal recited poems by Mahakavi Devkota. Then, for the first time in its history, DSRC awarded an Honorary Membership to Professor Dr. Vasudev Tripathi to honour his excellent scholarship on Mahakavi Devkota as well as his contribution to Nepali literature. Next, Padma Devkota presented his presidential address.
There were a total of nine papers presented in the conference, two in Nepali and seven in English:
Hriseekesh Upadhyaya: "Towards a Concentration of a Literary Biography"
Bal Bahadur Thapa: "Nostalgia for the Saga of Bravery in Devkota's 'Udbodhan'."
Tara Adhikari: "Rewriting of Myth: A Study of Selected Devkota Literature."
Prakash Subedi: "Devkota and Rumi: Secular and Spiritual Dimensions of Madness"
Manfred Treu: "Dating the Composition of the Essay 'Sukulmathi' from Laxmi Nibandha Sangraha.”
Ammaraj Joshi: "Devkota’s Stories in Translation Workshop: Text, Context, Source Language and Culture."
Mohan Prasad Lohani: "Devkota as a Multidimensional Genius."
दुर्गाप्रसाद अर्याल : “शाकुन्तल महाकाव्यमा सौन्दर्य”
गोपिकृष्ण शर्मा : “चराको भजन”मा सौन्दर्य : फुट्कर र समष्टि”
On the first day of the conference, there was a panel discussion which focused on the relevance of Mahakavi Dekvota in Nepal today. The panellists were Basanta Lohani, Ghanashyam Kandel and Shreedhar Gautam. The discussion was led by Hriseekesh Upadhyaya.
On the second day of the conference, Poet Kali Prasad Rijal spoke on Devkota as a writer of songs. Dr. Keshav Prasad Upadhyaya too spoke on Dekvota in Kalaiya.
6. The Sixth Annual Conference of DSRC was held at Padma Kanya Campus, Bagbazar, from June 17-18, 2014 (corresponding to Jestha 3-4, 2070). The major focus of the conference was “Devkota and Myth.” Professor Khagendra Bhattarai, Vice-Chancellor of Pokhara University, inaugurated the conference in his role as Chief Guest. Sirjana Dawadi, Urmila Aryal, Prahlad Pokharel, Bhuvanhari Sigdel, Prabha Bhattarai, Govinda Sharma, Koshraj Neupane and Ram Bahadur Pahadi recited poems written by Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota. Dr. Shailendu Prakash Nepal was offered the Devkota Fellowship Award. Devkota Studies 14 was released to the public. Professor Dr. Mohan Prasad Lohani chaired the inaugural session which started with an audition of Devkota’s “Nepali Rastriya Gaan.”
There were a total of ten papers presented at the conference: five in Nepali and five in English. On top of this, there was a panel discussion on “Devkota’s use of myth.” The panelists were Ananda Sharma and Saurav. The panel was led by Yug Pathak. Another attraction of the conference was a talk session during which Professor Dr. Madhav Pokharel and Professor Dr. Ammaraj Joshi spoke on Devkota’s use of language and Devkota’s political consciousness, respectively. The following papers were presented at the conference:
Sushil Shahi “Prometheus as Rebel from Aeschylus to Shelley and Devkota”
Prakash Subedi: Impermanence Consciousness: A Study of The Lunatic and Other Poems
Komal Prasad Phuyal : “Devkota on Gandhi: A Study of Metaphors in Bapu and Other Sonnets”
Bal Krishna Sharma : “Rhetorical Appraisal of ‘The Necessity of a Strongly Organised Writers Union for Nepal’”
Sagar Bhatta : “Poet Devkota’s Philosophy on Education”
हृषीकेश उपाध्याय “देवकोटाका पौराणीक पात्रहरू”
वासुदेव काफ्ले “नेपाली शाकुन्तलमा शृङ्गार रस–सौन्दर्य”
शैलेन्दुप्रकाश नेपाल “‘भ्यागुर नारान’ खण्डकाव्यमा हास्यव्यङ्ग्य”
गोविन्द गजुरेल : “देवकोटाका शैक्षिक चिन्तन”
कुमार कोइराला : “महाकवि लक्ष्मीप्रसाद देवकोटाको समालोचकीय व्यक्तित्व”
5. The Fifth Annual Conference of DSRC was held at Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar from June 8-9, 2012 (corresponding to Jestha 26-27, 2069). The major focus of the conference was "Devkota and Language." The inaugural session was chaired by Professor Dr. Vishnuraj Atreya and the Chief Guest was Poet and Academician Benju Sharma. Shishir Yogi sang Devkota's poem and Prabha Bhattarai recited "Jureliko Gaan" by Poet Devkota.
The papers presented during the conference were as follows:
1. Sushil Shahi : Cosmopolitan Devkota
2. Sarita Bhattarai : “To a Beautiful Chyamini” : A Hymn to Beauty or a Voice Against Untouchability
3. Anita Dhungel : Spiritual Equals Masculine: Where Is the Feminine in Devkota’s Bapu and Other Sonnets?
4. Ammaraj Joshi : Water and Civilisation: Dekvota’s “Water” Through Ecopoetic Lense
5. Laxman Bhatta: Construction of Nationhood in Devkota’s Prose Writings
6. शैलेन्दुप्रकाश नेपाल : देवकोटा र राष्ट्रवाद
7. ह्षीकेश उपाध्याय : देवकोटा र राष्ट्र चिन्तन
8. दुर्गाप्रसाद अर्याल : देवकोटाको नव शब्द निर्माण
9. Hem Raj Kafle :Epideictic Fervour in Devkota: A Rhetorical Reading of Four Sonnets
10. Manfred Treu : Language, Religion, and Interculturality in Early Devkota
This was followed by a talk by Professor Krishna Gautam on "Devkota in Language" (भाषामा देवकोटा)
Then a panel discussion was held on Devkota's use of Meters ( छन्दकार देवकोटा). The panel coordinator was Professor Sitaram Adhikary and the panelists were Litterateur Bhanubhakta pokharel, Essayist Kamalmani Dikshit and Professor Ghanashyam Kandel.
4. The Fourth Annual Conference of DSRC was held at Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar from June 11-12, 2011 (corresponding to Jestha 28-29, 2068). The major focus of the conference attended by 39 scholars was "Devkota in Translation." Papers were also presented in other areas such as "Devkota as a Modern Nepali Poet," "Devkota's Long Poems," "Ecological Awareness in Devkota's Writings," and "Subjectivity in Devkota's Writings." There were a total of twelve papers presented at the converence--three in Nepali and nine in English.
Besides paper presentations, there was a panel discussion on the topic "Mahakavi Devkota and the Younger Generation." Bhushan Aryal conducted the panel discussion in which four students, the panelists, expressed their views on Devkota and what he means to them.
Professor Krishna Gautam and Poet Tulsi Diwas too spoke on "Devkota and Ecology" and "Nepli Culture and Dekvota," respectively.
Professor Dr. Basudev Tripathi was the Chief Guest of the Inaugural Function during which Poet Kali Prasad Risal recited his Hindi translation of Dekota's "Pagal." Poet Manju Kanchuli recited Devkota's original Hindi poem titled "Gardavarawaki Hassi." Dr. Ammaraj Joshi recited Dekvota's own translation into English of his own poem "Basanta" and Manoj Kumar Humagain recited Devkota's English translation of Bhim Nidhi Tiwari's "Kanpyo Lugaluga Tyo." Shishir Yogi sang two of Devkota's Nepali poems: "Damai Dai" and "Laharko Boli."
3. The Centenary Conference with the focus "Mahakavi Devkota: Our Centemporary" took place at Apex College, Baneshwor, from February 24-26, 2009 (Falgun 13-15, 2065). A total of 45 participants formally registered for the conference in which 17 papers (3 in Nepali and 14 in English) were presented. Besides the papers, Litterateur Rajeshwor Devkota, Professor Madhav Prasad Pokharel and Professor Krishna Gautam spoke on the spiritual dimension, the language, and the genres of Poet Devkota respectively. A pannel discussion was also conducted on Poet Devkota's "The Lunatic."
2. The Devkota Centre held its Second Annual Conference from November 23-24, 2007. Poet Laureat Madhav Prasad Ghimire inaugurated the event as its Chief Guest. A total of 13 papers (seven in English and six in Nepali) were presented during the conference. The major focus of the conference was "Birds in Devkota's literary works." A total of 87 scholars attended the conference.
An audio CD containing Mahakavi Devkota's "Rastriya Gaan" (National Anthem) put to music by Bhupendra Rayamajhi and sung by Bhibhu Koirala, Pradeep Niraula, Shiva Pariyar, Sheela Bista, Manisha Pokharel, Sumitra Niraula, and Srijana Gajurel was released by Poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire during its Inaugural Session.
1. The Devkota Centre held its First Annual Conference from June 9-10, 2006. Litterateur Rajeshwor Devkota inaugurated the event as its Chief Guest. A total of 11 papers (seven in English and four in Nepali) were presented during the conference. A total of 68 scholars attended the conference.