Budhanilkantha Literature, Culture festival concludes

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By A Staff Reporter,Kathmandu, Feb. 26: The two-day Budhanilkanta Literature and Culture Festival- 2080 BS concluded by felicitating poet Durgalal Shrestha in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu on Saturday.

At the concluding day of the festival organised by Budhanilkantha Municipality, Shrestha was felicitated with Budhanilkantha Lifetime Achievement Honour for his outstanding contribution to the literature in Nepalbhasa and Nepali simultaneously. Mayor Mitharam Adhikari and Deputy Mayor Anita Lama jointly honoured the poet. 

Besides, a number of discourse and literary-cultural sessions were held in the festival. At a session of the first day titled Falcha Wa Chinakhan moderated by Deep Darpan, 14 poets including Laxmi Mali, RM Dangol, Avaya Shrestha, Biswabimohan Shrestha, Fulman Bal, Laxmi Rumba, Rabat, Mitralal Pangyani, Shakuntala Joshi, Ranjana Niraula, Sudesh Satyal, Basudev Adhikari, Jayanti Satyal presented their poems.

Journalist Bimal Acharya discussed the possibilities of urban areas with three mayors Mitharam Adhikari of Budhanilkantha Municipality, Prakash Adhikari of Tokha Municipalitya and Deepak  Kumar Risal of Gokarneswore Municipality. Dr. Bhagawan Koirala, Dr. Madhu Dixit and Dr. Shankar Man Rai spoke about the public health at the session titled Mha Fula moderated by Dr. Sushil Baral.

Likewise, Sneh Sayami discussed with Jiban Ghimire, Puskal Malla and Lakpafuti Sherpa at session Desh Yasari Banchha while journalist Santosh Luitel talked with ward chairpersons of the municipality Rabi Khadka, Tika Narayan Shrestha and Sumitra Pandey Tripathi at the  next session Aha Budhanilkantha.

At the session Nangsal, theatre director Kedar Shrestha discussed the future of theatre and cinema with artistes Laxmi Bardewa, Buddhi Tamang and Bijay Baral. Three industrialists, Sita Nepali, Sanu Shrestha and Sarala Luitel also expressed their views about the possibilities of the small industries in the municipality at the session Sapana Ko Sahar moderated by Sita Lama.

In other sessions including Mhendo, Chunikhya, Ghazal Mahefil, Sewaro, Teenage Talk, Basti Ko Maya, Kathgharama and Bhui Jasi, various presentations were made. The first-day sessions were held in Chunikhel while the second-day sessions on the Budhanilkantha Temple premises.

Famous artiste Hari Bansa Acharya inaugurated the festival.“It was an amazing experience,” Anita Lama, coordinator of the festival said, “We are inspired to continue it in years to come.” 

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