Mahakavi Devkota Study and Research Centre organized its Tenth Annual Conference and 108th Devkota Birth Anniversary from November 11-12, 2017 at Nagarkot. The Inaugural Session was chaired by Mr. Binod Devkota. Professor Dr. Shankar Raj Pant, also a neighbor of Mahakavi Devkota, inaugurated the conference and gave highlighted the life and works of the poet. Besides the presidential speech, there were also recitations of the poems by Mahakavi Devkota.
The following papers were presented at the conferernce:
Dr. Dhruba Karki. “Aesthetics of Physical in Devkota’s Epic Tradition.”
Shiva Raj Panta. “Aging Body: The Forbidden Territory in Devkota’s Selected Texts.”
Shraddha pokhrel. “Rejection of Body in Devkota’s “Nidrit Bhariya.”
Tara Prasad Adhikari. “Deconstructive Insights in Mahakavi Devkota’s Selected Poems.”
Dr. Bed P. Giri. “Modernist Consciousness in Devkota’s Manoranjan Poems.”
Meghraj Adhikari. “Exploring the Performative Quality of Devkota’s Selected Poems .”
Prabhu Yadav. “Mahakavi Devkota and his Creative Potential.”
Khum Sharma. “Spiritual Humanism in the Selected Poems of Tagore and Devkota.”
There was also a quiz on Devkota, a performance on a grey aspect of Muna-Madan, an instrumental rendering of the poet’s “Sandhya” by Milina Tamrakar, and a Panel Discussion on “Devkota’s Craftsmanship.” Phatik Poudel moderated the panel discussion. The panelists were Hriseekesh Upadhyay, Hari Adhikari, Shreedhar Gautam and Manfred Treu.
9. Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Dekvota Study and Research Centre organized its Ninth Annual Conference and Devkota’s 107th Birth Anniversary from November 11-12, 2016 at IACER, Baneshwor Heights, Kathmandu. The Inaugural Session was chaired by Professor Dr. Amma Raj Joshi, Head of the Central Department of English, TU. Professor Dr. Sudha Tripathi, the Rector of TU, inaugurated the conference and delivered a speech. Devkota’s poems were recited during the inaugural session.
The focus of the conference was Political Devkota. The papers presented at the conference were as follows:
Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay -- Political Devkota: A General Survey
Dr. Pushpa Lal Damai -- Devkota and the Political: Nationalism, Translation and Cosmopolitanism
Tara Prasad Adhikari -- The Rebel in Mahakavi Devkota’s Lunatic
Hari Adhikari -- Translating the Self and the Other in Devkota’s Auto-translation: A Close Reading of “A Call” and “The Moment Now”
Dhruba Karki -- The Quest Myth in Devkota's Muna Madan
Madhusudan Giri -- विम्ब विधान र शाहजहॉको ईच्छा
Pradip Giri -- Imagery in Devkota's "Spring 2"
Sarbagya Raj Kafle -- Reviving the “ancient fires”: Myth and Modernity in Devkota and Yeats
Shivaraj Panta -- Invoked Audience in Devkota’s Selected Poems
Remi Bordes -- Spiritual Nights. The poem सघन तमिस्राप्रति in the light of Friedrich Novalis (Germany, 18th century) and Saint John of the Cross (Spain, 16th century).
Gyannista Gyawali -- ‘शाकुन्तल’ महाकाव्यमा पौरस्त्य दर्शन
Phatik Poudel -- Night Prayer in Devkota's Selected Poems
Komal Phuyal -- Structural Error as Poetic Inspiration: Critical Observations of Devkota’s Poems
Besides the papers, there were also a public speech by Shailendu Prakash Nepal, a panel discussion, a quiz, and a performance at various intervals.
The conference was attended by more than forty participants including Dr. Manfred Treu from Germany and Rémi Bordes from France.
8. The Eighth Annual Conference and 106th. Birth Anniversary of Mahakavi Devkota was organized by Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota Study and Research Centre from December 11-12, 2015, corresponding to Mangsir 25-26, 2072. Shree Ganga Prasad Uprety, Chancellor, Nepal Academy, inaugurated the conference. The major focus of the conference was Aesthetic Consciousness in Dekvota. The papers presented at the conference were as follows:
दुर्गा प्रसाद अर्याल -- "के नेपाल सानो छ ?”मा सौन्दर्यचेतना
विनोद मञ्जन -- सौन्दयशास्त्रीय तत्त्वका दृष्टिले महाकवि देवकोटाको “पानी” कविता
शैलेन्दुप्रकाश नेपाल -- सौन्दर्य चेतना र देवकोटा
माधव पन्थी -- राजनीति र देवकोटा
Remi Bordes -- Video Presentation and Discussion on Translating Devkota
Komal Phuyal -- Symbol of Contemporaneity: Bird in Devkota and Whitman
Tara Adhidary -- A New Historicist Reading of Shakuntal
Bal Dev Adhikary -- Tagore and Devkota as Humanist Poets
Phatik -- Devkota’s Prayer to Mankind: A Close Reading of “Manis Virat”
Hriseekesh Upadhyaya -- Devkota and Neruda: Poetry of Mystique of the “Impure”
On the second day, there was a panel discussion co-ordinated by Nawaraj Lamsal. The panellists were Bishnu Sapkota, Dineshraj Pant and Ram Dayal Rakesh.
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.