Laxmi Prasad Devkota : The 113th birth anniversary of Devkota, a great genius of Nepali literature, is being celebrated today by organizing various programs at home and abroad.
The great poet Devkota was born in 1966 BS in Dilli Bazaar, Kathmandu on the day of Kartik Krishna Aunsi or Lakshmi Puja. Devkota, who started writing poetry at the age of ten, has published many epics, short stories, essays, stories, plays, novels, songs, critiques, and miscellaneous poems.
He has given more than a hundred works to Nepali literature. Through these works, Laxmi Prasad Devkota introduced Nepal to the international arena.
Devkota’s ‘Munamadan’ Khandakavya, which started writing modern epics in Nepali literature, is the best-selling book published in the Nepali language so far. Laxmi Prasad Devkota, the pioneer of the Romantic-progressive trend in Nepali literature, reflects humanism, love of nature, and revolutionary. His creations combine Eastern and Western philosophy.
It is believed that the great Indian scholar Rahul Sankrityayan compared Laxmi Prasad Devkota alone with the great Indian poets Sumitranandan Pant, Jaishankar Prasad, and Suryakant Nirala. Natya Samrat Bal Krishna Sam had said that Devkota was born three times with the epics ‘Munamadan’, ‘Shakuntal’ and ‘Pagal’.
He also made significant contributions to the worldwide promotion of Nepali literature by translating Nepali works into foreign languages and representing Nepal in various conferences held abroad. The great poet Devkota selected the essays of 15 prose writers of English literature such as Francis Bacon and Charles Lass and published a collection of famous essays in 1997 BS.
In 2016 BS, when he was the Minister of Education and Autonomous Government, the Nepali language was introduced as a compulsory subject all over Nepal. Currently, the land of Tribhuvan University Kirtipur has also been arranged during his tenure as the Education Minister. Devkota’s active contribution to the establishment of the present Nepal Pragya-Pratishthan is considered an unforgettable gift.
Devkota, who wrote the epic ‘Shakuntal’ in three months, the epic ‘Sulochana’ in ten days, and the ‘Kunjini’ epic in one day, had the ability to write poetry immediately. Devkota’s poetic talent, the qualitative value of poetry, and numerical contribution are still unique today.
His literary specialty is to provide high-quality literature to Nepal and Nepalis even in the midst of extreme economic hardship and family separation and political activism.
The great poet Devkota himself translated the poem ‘Pagal’ into English. He has translated many ballads into Nepali from Western Greek sources. Examples of this are the epic poems like ‘Mayavini’, ‘Sundari Projpirna’ published in 2024 BS, and the epic ‘Pramithus’. Devkota’s only novel is ‘Champa’.