Bhanu’s 199th birth anniversary today
KATHMANDU: On the occasion of the birth anniversary of the pioneer poet Bhanubhakta Acharya today, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai paid homage to the late poet by garlanding his statue at the Durbar High School premises at local Rani Pokhari.
The Nepali Education Council had organized the function in commemoration of the 199th birth anniversary of the Pioneer Poet Bhanubhakta.
Poet of the Nation, Madhav Prasad Ghimire, convenor of the Nepali Education Council Rama Sharma, among the senior poets and literary personalities also garlanded the late poet’s bust.
The statue of the Pioneer Poet was constructed in 2016 BS. This statue has special importance as it is the first statue erected in honour of a Nepali litterateur in the country.
Besides a number of his other literary creations, Pioneer Poet Acharya is famous for his translation of the Ramayana, the great Hindu epic written by sage Balmeeki, from Sanskrit into simple and lucid Nepali. Poet Bhanubhakta was born at Chundi Ramgha, Tanahun in 1871 BS.
He is credited for unifying the nation and the Nepali speakers through the translation of the Ramayana into Nepali.
Meanwhile, the Bhanu Pratisthan held a morning procession today on the same occasion. The procession started from the Nepal Academy at Kamaladi and went around different places of downtown Kathmandu.
School children in Nepali costumes participated in the procession. They were also carrying placards with various stanzas from Bhanubhakta’s Ramayana written on them. A huge portrait of the pioneer poet was mounted on a horse-drawn carriage which was taken around in the procession.
Students, teachers, litterateurs, artists, scouts and security personnel took part in the morning rally. RSS