By Usha Wagle Gautam
International Nepali Literature Society (INLS) in association with Nabodit Literature Library (NLL) recently organised an event to remember Bhanubhakta Acharya, first Nepali language poet, to acknowledge him for his contribution in Nepali literature and celebrate his 204nd birthday.
Bhanu Bhakta Acharya is also known as Aadi Kabi, the beginner poet. He was the first poet to translate the Hindu epic of Ramayana from Sanskrit to Nepali language, which was a milestone for locals to understand the saga in detail.
The programme was attended by several representatives of Nepali Journalist Association, Public Coordination Council and District Service Society. The attendees also observed a one minute silence, dedicated to all deceased Nepali writers.
The poets who recited the poems on the occasion are namely, Maya KC, Sita Ram Thapa, Rup Rashaili and Tirtha Sangam Rai.
The newly elected committee of NIL was also introduced at the event. The new office-bearers are namely, Dip Milan, Chairman; Dilip Parajuli, first Vice Chairman; Charka Karki, second Vice Chairman; Tilu Sharma Poudel, General Secretary; Rup Rasahili, Secretary; Santosh Adhikari, Treasurer; Shekar Basnama, Co Treasurer; and Iswor Rai, Mobile Library Co-ordinator. Other members include Lila Nath Ghimire, Sagar Bivor Palpali, Anil Kumar Bista, Madan Chouhan, Nilam Nishchal, Suman Sahatri, Sharad Pandey, Umesh Bhatterai, Narayan Bhandari, Dip Pradip Kumar, Mahendra Khadka and Bibek HM.
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