MONTHLY PROGRAMMES 2017
February 11, 2017 (Magh 29, 2073): DSRC organised its monthly program at IACER, Baneshwor Heights. Dr. Dhruba Karki presented an initiation paper on Poet Devkota's Ravan-Jatayu Yuddha.
January 5, 2017 (Poush 23, 2073): DSRC organised its monthly porgram at IACER, Baneshwor Heights. The participants discussed Mahakavi’s poem “ Kukhuro” after Lila Raj Bimali read out his initiation paper. Professor Shreedhar Lohani explained it as an imagist poem.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES 2016
June 11, 2016 (Jetha 29, 2073): Today, participants discucssed Poet Devkota's poem titled "Asia." Professor Hriseekesh Upadhyaya presented an initiation paper. Professor Dr. Shreedhar P. Lohani explained the poem with a projected map of Asia and concluded that this was a geographical poem. He also mentioned that the first stanza has some making of a concrete poem.
May 7, 2016 (Baisakh 25, 2073): DSRC organized its monthly program at IACER. Padma Devkota presented his initiation paper titled "Ek asarko bihana: divya chhatako saundarya" and a lively discussion followed the paper.
April 9, 2016 (Chaitra 9, 2072): Participants discussed Devkota's "Mero Dharma" during the monthly programme session head at IACER.
March 26, 2016 (Chaitra 13, 2072): In the monthly programme held at IACER, participants discussed Poet Devkota's "Saghan Tamishra Prati" ("To a Dark, Clouded Night"). The discussion concluded that this was a creation poem.
February 5, 2016 (Magh 23, 2072): Participants at the monthly programme held at IACER discussed Poet Devkota's poem titled "Rajanisangha."
January 9, 2016 (Poush 25, 2072): DSRC discussed Poet Devkota's short poem titled "Marga" in its monthly programme held at IACER.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES 2015
November 14, 2015 (Kartik 28, 2072): DSRC held its monthly programme at IACER at 4:00 p.m. and discussed Poet Devkota's "Bhoot Sawar." Professor Durga Prasad Aryal initiated the discussion and Professor Lohani pointed out that the speaker of the poem was Alexandar himself and enlightened the audience on Diogenes and Cynicism besides explaining the fine points of the poem.
April 11, 2015 (Chaitra 28, 2071): DSRC held its monthly programme at IACER at 4:00 p.m. Hari Dr. Ram Adhikari Mahakavi initiated a discussion on Laxmi Prasad Devkota's short story "Raja Kasari Garchhan Raaj." He explained the piece as a fairy tale to illustrate the message of good governance with a sadhu as a moral precept. The tale evoked various responses and raja was understood to mean anyone with executive power and public responsibility. Nepali kings like Tribhuvan was supposedly not the focus of the tale as they were not in executive position. The discussion lasted for over an hour.
The next discussion session is going to study another short story titled “Jhinguko Chopadi” by L.P. Devkota.
March 14, 2015 (30 Falgun 2071): DSRC discussed L.P. Devkota's "The Moment Now" in its monthly program at IACER, Baneshwor Heights.
7 February, 2015 (24 Magh 2071): DSRC held a monthly discussion programme at IACER, Purano Baneshwor. The group discussed Poet Devkota’s “Neelkantako Awaj.”
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES 2012
8 August 2012 (24 Shrawan 2069): Professor Liu Xian of the South Asian Institute of Beijing, China, who is also the translator of Muna Madan into Chinese, spoke about the experience of translating Muna Madan into Chinese. The Chinese are impressed, he said, by the fact that people of such a small country are producing such great literature. Recalling the book release event in Beijing, he said that both Professor Shreedhar Lohani's paper and Professor Padma Devkota's paper were very informative. The names of Chinese writers spelled in English were, however, rather confusing. He is trying to research who these Chinese writers were that Poet Devkota met in China.
Professor Ge Weijun, a Sanskrit scholar and one of the translators of Mahabharat into Chinese, also of the South Asian Institute of Beijing, spoke about Chinese culture and the influence of Sanskrit in China.
July 14, 2012 (Ashad 30, 2069): DSRC members discussed Devkota's unpublished poem titled "Pen & Poet: Quarrel." The poet wrote this poem originally in English. It is a poem which provides arguments for both the permormed and written aspects of poetry with the pen symbolising writing and the poet symbolising speech, as Professor Shreedhar Lohani so adeptly remarked.
February 11, 2012 (Magh 28, 2068): DSRC organized a regular monthly discussion programme in which the members present studied and discussed Poet Devkota's "Huriko Geet" ("The Song of the Storm"). Similar to Shelley's "Ode to the West Wind," this poem uses language in such a way that the "words blow like a storm" as Professor Shreedhar Lohani remarked.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2011)
September 17, 2011 (Bhadra 31, 2068): Padma Devkota presented a paper titled"Enoch Arden and Muna-Mada: A Comparative Study' at Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar.
42. April 16, 2011(Baisak 3, 2068). DSRC organized a regular monthly discussion programme in which the members present studied and discussed Poet Devkota's "Vana ra Jana" ("Forest and People").
41. January 22, 2011. DSRC organized an interaction program in Padma Kannya Campus, Kathmandu, to discuss the means and ways of introducing Devkota's writings to international readership. Padma Devkota chaired the program attended by over fifty invited guests and DSRC members including Poet Laureat Madhav P. Ghimire, the Vice-Chancellor of Nepal Academy VC Ganga Prasad Uprety, the Advisor to International Nepali Literature Society, New York Chapter, Badri Paudel, discussion paper writer Professor Hriseekesh Upadhyay, and Devkota scholars and researchers.
Following the welcome remarks by DSRC general secretary Dr. Durga Aryal, INLS Advisor Badri Paudel appreciated the work being done by DSRC in strengthening Devkota studies and research. He observed that INLS through its various chapters across the USA, particularly in New York, has been observing Mahakavi Devkota's birth anniversary each year in November. They organized a series of Devkota Centenary functions during 1909-10. He said that non-resident Nepalese throughout the world regard Mahakavi Devkota as a great literary treasure and national icon of Nepal. Mr Paudel presented a check of US$ 1000.00 as contribution on behalf of the New York chapter of INLS to DSRC president Padma Devkota to support the studies and research of DSRC.
Professor Hriseekesh Upadhyay presented a discussion paper highlighting programs to introduce the literary works of Mahakavi Devkota to international readership. The five point programs he proposed are: a. Develop contacts/linkages with university faculties in metropolitan cities to have Mahakavi Devkota's works included as part of literature/research courses; b. Introduce networking to Nepal/Asia/South Asia Study programs of Universities and research institutions; c. Prepare special compilation, publication, selection, and translation of Mahakavi Devkota's work for distribution in book fairs, Nepal festival, literary seminars, etc.; d. Create Lecture Series on Devkota for International audience in cities across the world (as feasible) to be given by invited international scholars; and e. Begin networking with Nepalese missions abroad and foreign diplomatic missions in Nepal to share information, research and study on Mahakavi Devkota's oeuvre and Nepali literature.
The discussion paper was followed by comments and observations by participants. Chief Guest of the occasion, Poet Laureat Madhav Prasad Ghimire observed that the discussion paper had outlined clear-headed and practical steps to take Devkota and his works to international readership. He added that DSRC should pursue these programs with all available resources. He praised the gesture of support from INLS, New York.
Noted Nepali critic Dr Taranath Sharma stressed the need for further translation of Devkota's works done with fine sensitivity. Dr Chudamani Bandhu, a noted Devkota scholar, commended the paper writer for suggesting new critical approaches to study and discuss Mahakavi Devkota's work. He emphasized the need to study Devkota's work from a fresh perspective and he assured the gathering that he would begin thinking along these lines thenceforth. American Budhism Studies scholar and author Jason Siff remarked that international readers are keenly looking for literary works from lesser known regions of the world. The works of only some writers of certain regions have buffeted the world. Devkota will be hugely taken in by the international readership if he is brought to the notice of discerning readers. Ms. Gita Keshary, a novelist, expressed happiness over the fact that the discussion had made everyone aware of how much work there remains to be done to present Mahakavi Devkota to international readership. Another participant representing the tourism sector proposed that a short biography of Mahakavi Devkota along with some of his noted poems in English/ English translation should be distributed to international visitors during the Nepal tourism year 2011.
Nepal Academy Vice-Chancellor Ganga Prasad Uprety noted the possible role suggested in the working paper for Nepal Academy and other literary organizations of Nepal and offered the Academy's support to future programs and research to be conducted by DSRC.
In the end DSRC President Padma Devkota summed up the major concepts of the interaction and assured everyone that DSRC was committed to rethinking the feasibility of the programmes suggested.
On behalf of the International Nepali Literary Society, NY Chapter, the advisor of INLS Mr. Badri Paudel donated US $ 1000.00 (one thousand dollars only) to DSRC.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2010)
37. A school level national poetry competition was organized by DSRC on Friday, the 18th. of June, 2010 (corresponding to the 4th. of Ashad 2067) at Nepal Academy, Kamaladi. From a total of forty-one competitors, five students were awarded a cash prize. The first prize won Rs. 7,000; the second prize won Rs. 5000 and the third prize won Rs. 3000 each. There were three third prize winners. The prize winners were also gifted with the publications of DSRC in addition to a Centenary T-Shirt.
The prize winners were: First, Shreya Acharya, Class 8, Nightingale Higher Secondary School, Lalitpur; Second, Sarita Dhakal, Class 9, Shree Shramik Secondary School, Hetauda; Third, Sagar Gharti Magar, Class 9, Pashupati Mitra Secondary School, ; Third Himal Pokharel, Class 4, New Environment English Secondary School, Manigram, Rupendehi; and Third, Pradeep Bhandari, Class 10, Tulasi Meher Memorial Higher Secondary School, Hetauda.
The judges were Professors Koshraj Neupane and Prabha Bhattarai.
38. Saturday, October 2, 2010 (Asoj 16, 2067): DSRC organized a regular program at IACER, Baneshwor Heights, wehre "Spring (1)" and "Spring (2)" fromThe Lunatic and Other Poems by Laxmi Prasad Devkota were discussed. Dr. Durga Prasad Aryal gave a general interpretation of the poem after which the floor was open to all. Professor Hriseekesh Upadhyay thought it unnecessary to bring in English Romantica poets in the discussion of Dekvota's poetry. Commenting on the devkotional side of the poem, Basanta Lohani reminded the audience that Krishna said he was Basanta among seasons. Khagendra Bhattarai suggested that the poems dealt with the effects of beauty on the divine, the human and the animal worlds. Sharad Thakur said that the poet was questioning whether the creative awakening taking place in nature would also take place in him. Professor Shreedhar Lohani commented that in "Spring-2" spring had not yet arrived. He also went on to suggest that while Wordsworth's creative powers in "Tintern Abbey" has been said to have decreased in "Ode on Intimations of Immoratality," Devkota's creative powers have apparently increased from "Spring -2" (1954) to "Spring-1" (1956). Padma Dekvkota found "Spring-1" dealing more with love and "Spring-2" dealing more with beauty. Professor Rameshwor Prasad Adhikary, Dr. Ammaraj Joshi, Shiva Satyal "Pith", and several others spoke on the occasion.
39. November 12, 2010 (Kartik 26, 2067): DSRC organized a function to commemorate Poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota's 101st Birth Anniversary in Padma Kanny Campus, Bagbazar. The function was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Taranath Sharma who recalled his meeting with the poets Lekhanath, Sama and Devkota in Darjeeling. He also commented on two scholarly paperspresented in Nepali by Dr. Shailendu Prakash Nepal ("Devkotako manavata ra nepali sahitya") and in English by Prakash Subedi ("Death and Dying: A Reading of Mahakavi Devkota). In the poetry reading sessions, Prabha Bhattarai, Pralhad Pokharel, Rameshwar Raut Matridas and Dr. Nirmohi Vyash recited Poet Devkota's poems in Nepali. Dr. Mohan P. Lohani read "The Totem Bull" by Poet Devkota. Tara Adhikary read excerpts from Farm Girl, the English rendering of the poet's playKrishi-bala. Poets Manju Kanchuli and Ghanashyam Kandel recited their own poems in Nepali. Poets Sarita Bhattarai, Ram Prasad Vashistha and Hemraj Kafle recited their poems written originally in English. Then poems by LP Devkota were also sung: Pradip Niraula sang "Jaba prithivima badal chhauncha," Matridas sang a stanza of "ek sundari vyashyaprati," and Sanjaya Tumrok and Jhuma Niraula sang "kun mandirma janchau yatri" together. This was followed byan open floor discussion of Poet Devkota's "Manawata: Manishpana" during which Koshraj Neupane, Ammaraj Joshi, Bhushan Aryal, Manju Kanchuli, Rameshwar Raut, Ghanashyam Kandel, Hemraj Kafle and others actively participated. Finally, participant comments on the proceedings of the function were made by Bhushan Aryal and Pradip Giri. In the inauguration session, DSRC anounced the Devkota Research Fellowship Award for 2010: Professor Dr. Deviprasad Gautam of the Central Department of Nepali, TU, Kirtipur has been nominated and awarded the Fellowship for this year. He will study the use of language in Devkota's essays.
40. December 11, 2010 (Mangsir 25, 2067): DSRC held a regular monthly programme at IACER, Baneshwar Heights, to discuss Laxmi Prasad Devkota's "Tularamko Siddhanta," a Petrarchan sonnet in Nepali. Professor Dr. Shreedhar Lohani said that although the subject matter of the poem is not anything really new, the way in which it is expressed shows the skill of the poet. First, Professor Lohani explained how the fourteen lines of the sonnet matched with the fourteen sound-syllables of each line. Then he dwelt on the pattern of the "kissing rhymes" ( abba, abba, cddc, ee) to highlight the balance that the poet talks about in the sonnet and also identified the metaphysical conceit in the comparison between the heart and the pointer of the balance. Thus, matter and spirit are not placed in binary opposition in this poem as it so often happens in Western thougt. Instead, the two are synthesized in mutual harmony in the fince balance of the human heart. Although regarded as a Romantic poet and a modern poet by critics, Devkota has written poems that fit very properly within classical frameworks, he concluded.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2009)
31. A total of 85 people attended the Poetry Symposium jointly organized by Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota Study and Research Centre and Nirjhar Vangmaya Prathisthan at Universal College, Maitidevi Chwok, on Saturday, February 7, 2009 (Magh 25, 2065). Poet laureate Madhav Prasad Ghimire was the Chief Guest of the symposium chaired by Professor Dr. Durga Prasad Bhandari..
Poems were read in thirteen languages: Nepali, English, Limbu, Urau, Tajpuria, Sherpa, Gurung, Tamang, Rai, Maithili, Urdu, Hindi, and Sanskrit. Among poets who recited their poems were Abdul Salam Khan, Angdawa Sherpa, Basanta Lohani, Bunu Lamichhane, Dilli Limbu, Dipak Kumar Shah, Ganesh Bahadur Gurung, Kali Prasad Rijal, Lalgopal Subedi, Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Manoj Mukti, Mohan Lohani, Nawaraj Karki, Nepal Prasad Sangden, Radhika Limbu, Ramesh Khakurel, Rameshwor Raut Matridas, Ramkishan Urau, Shyamdas Vaishnav, Sanat Kumar Vasti, Shreehari Fuyanl, Sirjana Gole, Taramani Rai, Tejendra Tajpuria, Thakur Sharma, Tikaram Adhikary, Tulsi Diwas, Udaya Singh, Venimadhav Dhakal, Vishnuraj Atraya, Yadav Bhattarai, and others.
32. Four hundred people benefitted from a Free Health Camp organised jointly by Mahakavi Laxmi Prasad Devkota Study and Research Centre and National Research and Development Centre in the precincts of Adarsha Shaula Youbak Uccha Mahavidhyalaya, Bungmati, Lalitpur on Saturday May 9, 2009 (Baisakha 26, 2066). Suresh Thapa co-ordinated the event in which Dr. Anjani Kumar Sharma (Senior Surgeon), Dr. Arjun Dev Bhatta (Senior Urosurgeon), Dr. Sanjeev Dhungel (Senior Physician and Cardiologist), Dr. Sunil Kumar Sharma (Senior Surgeon), Dr. Krishna Chandra Devkota (Senior Chest Specialist), Dr. Sunil Raja Manandhar (Pediatrician), Dr. Santosh Shakya (Endocrinologist and Diabetologist), Dr. Rajesh Shakya (Dermatologist), and other health specialists offered their services free of cost. The Free Health Camp also dispensed necessary medicines to patients free of cost.
33. On Tuesday June 24, 2009 (Asar 9, 2066), Devkota Centre conducted a book release program in the Tourism Board Lecture Hall, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire released The Lunatic and Other Poems, a bi-lingual collection of thirty Nepali poems of Laxmi Prasad Devkota with English translations by the poet himself. Speaking on the occasion, Poet Ghimire lauded the Centre's activities and emphasized the need to make more Nepali literature accessible to the English-speaking world.
On the same occasion, Professor Dr. Basudev Tripathi released the special Centenary Issue of Devkota Studies 6, which contains several memoirs and a poem in addition to its regular research articles. He spoke about the poetic growth of Poet Devkota and highlighted the importance of the poems published in Indreni.
34. On Saturday July 4, 2009 (Asar 20, 2066), Devkota Centre organised a Cultural Mega Event at the Nepal Academy Hall. Eighteen of Devkota's lyrics were put to music and sung by professional artists. Below is a complete list of first line of songs, singers, musicians, titles of poems and their source (in Nepali):
सि.न. गीतको बोल स्वर संगीत काव्य संग्रह कविता/पृष्ठ
१ जय जन जननी शिव परियार,प्रदिप निरौला,विभु कोईराला,संजय तृम्रोक,मनिषा पोख्रेल,झुमा निरौला, सरिता त्रिपाठी भूपेन्द्र रायमाझी चिल्ला पातहरु राष्ट्रिय गान—२
२ अचल नील गगन नील विभु कोईराला
राई नविन बिजय सिंह मूनाल लक्ष्मी गीति संग्रह भmण्डा गान—१
३ सुन बादल भो संजय तुम्रोक मनिष प्रसाई साकुन्तल तृतिय सर्ग—१९
४ झिम्क न झिम्क सुरज थापा,माण्डवी त्रिपाठी नारायण ओली चिल्ला पातहरु तारा—३४
५ जब पृथ्वीमा बादल प्रदिप निरौला टिका भण्डारी भिखारी सम्झना–१५
६ लक्ष्मीले निगाहा गरेको प्रेमध्वज प्रधान, योगेस बैद्य, रामा मन्डल,रिमा गुरुङ्ग, प्रश्ना शाक्य, प्रदिप निरौला, मनिषा पोख्रेल,झुमा निरौला भूपेन्द्र रायमाझी लक्ष्मी गीति संग्रह भैलो—५४
७ मान्छे खोजे घरघर मदन गोपाल नारायण ओली लक्ष्मी गीति संग्रह मान्छे खोजें –६९
८ रंगी चंगी फूल लगाई संगिता शाक्य/नरेन्द्र प्यासी नरेन्द्र प्यासी गाईने गीत तारा फुलको बारी—७४
९ जिन्दगी को मैसम प्रवेशमान शाक्य प्रवेशमान शाक्य भिखारी जिन्दगीको मौसम—४६
१० जल चुलबुल हुा जल शिव परियार शिसिर योगी लक्ष्मी गीति संग्रह लहरका बोली—४४
११ अकेली मुना अकेली सुनिल रानाभाट राजनराज सिवाकोटी मुना मदन मदन भोट जाान्छन्–११
१२ सियोको टुप्पोले मुटु शिसिर योगी शिसिर योगी लक्ष्मी गीति संग्रह दमाई दाई—३
१३ आज गााउ गााउ लाग्यो सितल मोक्तान, सुवानी मोक्तान शिला बहादुर मोक्तान गाईने गीत सुख प्रेरणा—६१
१४ के देख्न आए सुदेश शर्मा चन्द्रराज शर्मा मुना मदन मदन भोट जाान्छन्–३३
१५ जलको छल छल जगदिश समाल शक्ति वल्लभ भिखारी तिनको घासिया गीत –७
१६ मैले चिने त्यसै बेला कुन्ती मोक्तान शिला बहादुर मोक्तान गाईने गीत मेरी शिशु—८३
१७ किन मलाई गााउ गााउ प्रकाश तिम्सीना शुभ बहादुर सुनाम गाईने गीत गााउ गााउ लाग्यो—३०
१८ कसले डाक्यो आज संगिता प्रधान राना नरेन्द्र प्यासी लक्ष्मी गीति संग्रह भैलो—५४
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest Ambar Gurung commented that this was indeed a genuine celebration of Poet Devkota in whose presence he had sung a song as a young boy. Devkota had then encouraged him by saying that he should continue singing for his future was bright. Ratna Shumsher Thapa, the co-ordinator of the programme, said that the programme was going to be a unique experience not only because Devkota's poetry had been put to music but also because the audience was going to relish the decency, modernity, and originality of Nepali songs. Speaking from the chair, Padma Devkota said that the purpose of this event was also to bring out a live album of Devkota's lyrics so that good literature could be more easily internalized by the public.
Mr. Ramsharan Karki, Director of Radio Nepal, offered to air one of these eighteen songs daily through Radio Nepal. He also offered to record the album in the studio of Radio Nepal.
The entire event was broadcasted live by Ilam FM.
35. On August 29, 2009 (Bhadau 13, 2066) Devkota Centre organised a Blood Donation Camp in the precincts of Asha Mandir Boarding School, Shastrimarga, Maitidevi, to commemorate the Centenary Year of Poet Devkota.
36. On Friday, November 13, 2009 (Kartik 27, 2066) Devkota Centre held Closing Ceremony of Mahakavi Devkota's Centenary Year. Litterateur Rajeshwar Devkota was the chief guest on this occasion. Ratna Shumsher Thapa released "Janmadekhi Sunyasamma" (a listening book CD consisting of thirty-three of Mahakavi Devkota's poems read by Khagendra Nepali and published by Waves Etc. Ltd. London) to the public. Similarly Professor Jagannath Sharma Tripathi released Mahakavi Laxmiprasad Devkotaka Khandakavyaharu to the public. This anthology contains ten long narrative poems of Mahakavi Devkota with promise of including more in the next print. The seventh issue of Devkota Studies too came out on this occasion.
Padma Devkota who chaired the event said that although DSRC had organized only ten events during the Devkota Centenary Year, other events planned during this year would continue being held in the near future.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2008)
23. January 12, 2008. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Members of Devkota Centre met to discuss Poet Devkota's "A Call."
24. January 31, 008. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Litterateur Jagadish Shumsher Rana spoke on the relevance of Poet Devkota today.
25. Saturday, March 22, 2008 (Chaitra 9, 2064). IACER, Baneshwor Heights: Associate Professor Kosh Raj Neupane of Tri-Chandra Campus, Tribhuvan University, spoke about his impressions of Poet Devkota's personality and brought in facts, legends and myths connected with the poet to highlight his point.
26. Saturday, May 10, 2008. ( Baishak28. 2065) Thirty-one members of Devkota Centre discussed "Birth Anniversary" by Mahakavi Devkota. The group appreciated the tension of the poem between things the poet feels strongly that he has yet to accomplish and the life that he has spent joyfully.
27. Saturday, June 14, 2008. A group discussion on Mahakavi Devkota's poem "Varsha" was held at IACER, Baneshwor Heights.
28. Saturday, September 13, 2008 (Bhadra 28, 2065). Twenty-nine members of Dekvota Centre met at Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi, at 4:00 pm to discuss Mahakavi Devkota's short story titled "Teej." Ms. Sangita Yadav presented an initiation paper that focused conflicts and tensions in the story to show how a normal and hard working person, under soical and familial pressures, becomes a neurotic. During the discussion, Professor Mohan Prasad Lohani highlighted the bitter social reality that reduced the cultural significance of teej and also pointed out the insensitivity of the wife towards Ramakanta Kafle, the protagonist of the story. Dr. Durga Prasad Aryal talked about how autobiographical elements are present in the story. Mr. Mohan Bahadur Kayastha opined that it is not the culture of teej that is corrupt, it is society itself that is corrupt in the story. He also disagreed with Ishwar Baral, an emininent critic, when he said that he found the story complete in itself. Basanta Lohani commented on the social, economic and conventional/traditional aspects of the story. Sharad Chandra Thakur, Mahesh Poudel, and Dikshya Pokherel (Devkota) also commented on the story.
29. Wednesday, November 12, 2008. (Centenary Event No. 1.) Devkota Centre organised a programme at Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi to commemorate Poet Devkota's One Hundredth Birth Anniversary. After the inauguration of the event, the poet's "Rastriya Gaan" was sung live. Then, his eldest daughter, Savitri Regmi, and his granddaughter, Sushma Sharma, Kali Prasad Rijal, Ratna Shamsher Thapa and others recited their poems. Poet's Devkota's "Aakshyapika" and "Janmotsav" were also recited in the course of the event. The poet's taped voice was played and so were his songs. The speakers on this occasion were Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Madan Mani Dixit, Modnath Prasit, and Basudev Tripathi. Over eighty-five people attended the function chaired by the president of Devkota Centre.
Poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire emphasized the need to preserve the Mahakavi's residence and called upon the government to be seriously concerned in this matter.
30. Saturday, December 13, 2008 (Centenary Event No. 2.) Sculptor and academician Thakur Prasad Mainali inaugurated a solo art exhibition by young artist B.K. Nar Bahadur titled “Mahakavi Devkota: In Colours and Forms” in the Lumbini Gallery of the National Association of Fine Arts (NAFA). This exhibition is scheduled for December 13-18, 2008. According to Mr. Mainali, this is the first time that an association like DSRC has promoted an individual artist's creation and brought together art and literature in Nepal. Otherwise, individual artists had been organising their own solo exhibitions. Other speakers during the inauguration were art critic Madan Chitrakar, young artist B.K. Nar Bahadur, and the president of DSRC.
A collection of 20 paintings on the life and works of Mahakavi Dekvota are currently on exhibition at NAFA. Entry is free.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2007)
14. January 13, 2007. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Professor Ghanashyam Kandel, Chairman of the Central Department of Nepali, Kirtipur, Tribhuvan University, spoke on the poetry collection "Dhangro" (This is not Poet Devkota's work, but an important work of Nepali literature.)
15. February 10, 2007. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Members of Devkota Centre met to discuss Poet Devkota's short story titled "Memshahebsanga" ("With the Memshaheb").
16. March 10, 2007. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Devkota Centre organized a talk programme by Poet Bhavani Ghimire and Professor Harsha Narayan Dhaubadel. Both the speakers highlighted the special qualities of the literary output of Poet Devkota while they recalled cherished moments with the poet.
17. April 7, 2007. Universal College, Maitidevi: Members of Devkota Centre met to discuss Poet Devkota's "Nayan Jamana" ("New Moeurs").
18. May 12, 2007. IACER, Baneshwor Heights: Professor Dr. Durga Prasad Bhandari gave a talk on his interpretation of two poems of Poet Devkota: "To a Beautiful Prostitute" and "To a Beautiful Chyamini."
19. June 9, 2007. Litterateur Laxman Prasad Lohani gave a talk on Poet Devkota. He recalled some of his cherished moments with the poet.
20. July 14, 2007. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Mr. Bhanu Ghimire presented a paper that compared Devkota's "The Wish of Shah Jahan" with Rabindra Nath Tagore's "Shah Jahan."
21. September 15, 2007. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Poet Krishna Prasad Parajuli gave a talk on Poet Devkota's contributions to children's literature in Nepal.
22. December 15, 2007. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Devkota Centre organized a special programme to discuss the coming Poet Devkota Centenary Year.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2006)
6. January 7, 2006. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Mr. Satya Mohan Joshi gave a talk on his own epic Arnikoko Swetachaitya. He recited portions of the epic and also recalled his visit to China.
7. February 25, 2006. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Mr. Hriseekesh Upadhyaya spoke about Poet Dekvota's international themes with a special focus on the poem titled "Asia."
8. March 18, 2006. In this programme jointly organized by Devkota Centre and Hari Sanskritic Kendra, Mr. Ammaraj Joshi and Mr. Hriseekesh Upadhyaya initiated a discussion of Litterateur Rajeshwor Devkota's Dabali, a novel that seeks a spiritual unity of humankind. Professor Dr. Vasudev Tripathi appreciated the novel as a thought provoking one and explained the central conflict, which is that between the recognition of duty and the desire for freedom.
9. July 15, 2006. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazaar: Mr. Shailendu Prakash Nepal initiated a discussion of Poet Devkota's "The Lunatic."
10. September 16, 2006. Padma Kannya Campus: Dr. Manfred Treu gave a talk on "Poet Devkota and his epic Shakuntala." Dr. Treu is a specialist in Shakuntala literature.
11. October 21, 2006. Shastri Marga, Maitidevi: Devkota Centre and Shastri Marga Community jointly commemorated the 98th. Birth Anniversary of Poet Devkota. A portion of Savitri Satyavan was performed by Vinod Manjan, Gyatri Bista, and Rameshwar Raut Matridas.
12. November 11, 2006. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Members of Devkota Centre met to discuss Poet Devkota's "To a Beautiful Chyamini." Professor Dr. Rameshwor Prasad Adhikary spoke on "The Devkota I Knew."
13. December 16, 2006. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi: Devkota Centre organized a discussion programme on how best to go about in trying to conserve Devkota's house where he was born and the house which he bought in Maitidevi.
MONTHLY PROGRAMMES (2005)
1. June 25, 2005. Kavi-Kunja, Maitidevi:A programme was organized to introduce the goals and objectives of Devkota Centre. Professor Dr. Chuda Mani Bandhu spoke about the life and works of the poet and also suggested a things that Devkota Centre could do in the future.
2. September 10, 2005. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Dr. Mahadeva Awasthi spoke on "The Art of Poet Devkota's Long Narrative Poetry." According to him, there are thirty-seven long narrative poems of Devkota.
3. October 8, 2005. NIC, Dillibazar: Professor Dr. Keshav Prasad Upadhyaya spoke on "The Plays of Devkota" with special reference to Savitri-Satyavan andKrishi Bala. According to him, there are two other earlier works in Nepali based on the story of Savitri and Satyavan, but these need to be properly studied.
4. November 12, 2005. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Members of Devkota Centre met to discuss Poet Devkota's "The Swallow and Devkota." Ammaraj Joshi interpreted the poem from an ecopoetic perspective. Professor Dr. Chuda Mani Bandhu pointed out that in this poem Devkota saw the need to improve one's homeplace, nation, and even the world. Professor Dr. Shreedhar Lohani explained the means and goals of creativity through words like "beak," "mud," and "house."
5. December 10, 2005. Padma Kannya Campus, Bagbazar: Professor Krishna Gautam spoke on "Poet Devkota's Epics."