Top 10 Poems Declared at National Poetry Festival-2081 in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, June 23, 2024 – The 67th anniversary of the Nepal Academy was marked by the declaration of the top 10 poems at the ‘National Poetry Festival-2081’ held in Kathmandu. The academy selected these poems from over 600 submissions. A press release issued by Dhana Prasad Subedi, an academician of Nepal Academy, highlighted the winning poems in both Nepali and other languages.

The best poems in the Nepali language included, ‘Mato Ko Udan’ by Agra Awaj from Bardiya, ‘Achel Kahan Harairaheka Chhan Bachchaharu’ by Anita Neupane from Makwanpur, ‘Phool Ko Postmortem’ by Anjan Pradeep from Nawal Parasi, ‘Aamako Anuhar’ by Rumani Kulung from Morang, ‘Bagnu Ek Niyati’ by Sharmila Dulal from Lalitpur, ‘Birsi Janeharu’ by Suman Sahayatri Yonghang from Panchthar.

Additionally, the best poems in other languages were, ‘Prasnak Bas’ in Tharu by Chhabilal Kopila from Dang, ‘Masinyiu Chhakalya’ in Magar by Dilip Budha Magar from Rolpa, ‘Bagarla Dungal’ in Tamang by Rupak Jamara Ghalan from Sindhuli, ‘Ardu Thum Pyok’ in Khaling by Rejina Khaling from Solukhumbu.

The National Poetry Festival, held annually on Asar 9 (June 23), celebrates the anniversary of the Nepal Academy. Traditionally, the festival focused solely on Nepali language poems, awarding first, second, third, and two consolation prizes. However, since last year, the festival has recognized top poems in other languages spoken in Nepal, reflecting the country’s linguistic diversity.

A jury committee, coordinated by Baba Basnet, the chief of the Prose Department of the Academy, and comprising members Shrawan Mukarung, Mahesha Prasai, Avaya Shrestha, Keshav Silwal, and Bimala Tumkhewa, selected 25 poems for recitation from the 600 submissions.

The event was inaugurated by the Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Hit Bahadur Tamang. The festival’s move to a multilingual format since 2080 BS has been welcomed as a step towards inclusivity, allowing poets from various linguistic backgrounds to compete and be recognized for their literary contributions.

Source- Sahitya Post

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