Embassy of India in Kathmandu in association with B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation organized 5th Edition of Poemandu on Friday, July 12, 2013. The 5th Edition of Poemandu, a B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation’s initiative celebrated 200th Birth Anniversary of Adikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya.
Abhay Kumar, Secretary of BP Koirala Foundation welcomed the audience and said, “It is our pleasure to organize an event at the historic Nepal-Bharat Library to commemorate 200th Birth Anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya, the greatest poet of Nepal who translated the epic Ramayana from Sanskrit into Nepali and is a literary bridge between the two sister nations.”
Speaking on the occasion Ambassador of India to Nepal Jayant Prasad highlighted the importance of Bhanubhakta’s literary works in connecting the people of Nepal and India and shared how several programs are being organized in Sikkim, Dehradun, Mysore, Darjeeling and Assam in India to celebrate 200th Birth Anniversary of Bhanubhakta Acharya. Ambassador Prasad recited Bhanubhakta’s poem Amarawati Kantipuri. On this occasion Ambassador Prasad announced that India will build a three-storied library building for the highest literary institution of Nepal “Pragya Pratisthan” (Nepal Academy) as a homage to the Adikabi of Nepal.
Bairagi Kainla, Chancellor of Nepal Academy and Kamal Mani Dixit shared excerpts from Bhanubhakta’s literary works and highlighted on his contributions to the Nepali literature on the ocassion.
According to press release of Indian Embassy, former Ambassador of Nepal Dr. Jayraj Acharya recited verses from Sunderkand of Bhanubhakta’s Ramayana. He had translated Bhanubhakt’s Rayamanaya in English during his stay in the U.S.
The recitation of poems followed thereafter with Ghazal maestro Dr. Sanat Kumar Basti paying his tribute to Adikabi through his melodious recitations.
Eminent and promising poets such as Geeta Tripathi, Prayagraj Visistha, Navraj Lamsal, Hem Chandra Nepal, Shailendu Prakash, Dhan Bahadur Oli, Ram Prasad Kapaadi, Ishwori Karki, Shyam Rimal, Jayanta Pokharl and Prabha Bhattarai offered their tribute to Adibabi Bhanubhakta Acharya through their powerful recitations in English, Nepali, Hindi, Newari, Maithili and Awadhi.