Kathmandu, Nov 7 (RSS): Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has committed to developing Mahakavi Devkota's birth home into a literary museum.
The Museum would be a place to observe Devkota’s footsteps and explore the house where the veteran Nepali figure was born and grew up.
At a programme organised by Madan Bhandari Academy of Arts and Literature on the occasion of 110th birth anniversary of Devkota at Prime Minister's official residence Baluwatar in the capital on Wednesday, PM Oli said that the museum was a must to impart information about Devkota's biography and creations to future generation.
Mahakavi Devkota's birth home is now indilapidated condition and Devkota's son Dr Padmm Prasad Devkota is living in a new house near the old one.
Born on Kartik 27, 1966 BS, on the auspicious day of Laxmi Pooja, Devkota passed away on Bhadra 29, 2016 BS.
His dozens of creations including 'Munamadan', 'Sulochana', 'Shakuntal' and Pahadi Pukar are very famous creations.
After deliveringfirst public speech after returning home from the Hospital, Prime Minister Oli while listening to Devkota's poems recited by various litterateurs said, "I have not seen other great and brilliant poets like Mahakavi Devkota across the world."
Prime Minister Oli urged the writers to give up smoking adding that all the inspirational things would be kept in the proposed Devkota museum except cigarettes.
Great Poet Devkota was a chain smoker throughout his life and is supposed to be habituated with it while writing. After a long battle with cancer, Devkota died on September 14, 1959. Referring such tragedy supposed to be caused by cigarette, PM Oli urged all smokers to give up smoking for healthy life.
Also present on the occasion were, DPM Ishwar Pokharel, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kuamr Gyawali and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari, senior literary figures, singers and other social figures as well.
Various literary figures and singers had recited Devkota's poems and songs on the occasion.
Mahakavi Devkota has contributed a lot to Nepali literature by starting a modern and Romantic Movement in the literature. Because of it, Nepali poetry soared to new heights with Devkota's innovative use of language and styles.
"क्षेत्रीको छोरो यो पाउ छुन्छ, घिनले छुँदैन
मानिस ठूलो दिलले हुन्छ जातले हुँदैन ।"
A Kshatriya touches your feet not with hatred but with love.
Great is a man with a great heart; not with great caste, creed.
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