Madhuparka honour Centenarian Joshi wants Nepali winning Nobel Prize
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, June 15: Madhuparka, the monthly publication of the Gorkhapatra Corporation, felicitated three literary figures on Friday, paying tribute to their contribution to Nepali literature.
The literary figures were felicitated amid a function organised on the occasion of the 52nd Anniversary of the Madhuparka, the monthly literary magazine. This year’s Madhuparka Samman award was bestowed on littérateur Dr. Rajendra Bimal. The corporation has been presenting the award for the past 18 years.
The award carries a purse of Rs. 35, 000. Litterateur Bimal is well-known for the short story writing, especially on the issues of Terai Madhes.
Similarly, the Madhuparka Pratibha Award was conferred on poet duo, Suresh Kiran and Sarita Tiwari.
Suresh Kiran bagged the award for his contribution to Nepal Bhasa (Newari language) literature while Tiwari was awarded for her contribution to Nepali literature, especially in prose.
The duo received Rs. 35,000 each and appreciation letters. Culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi wished the awardees well and urged them to continue their contribution to literature.
Addressing the event, Joshi said he had a dream of seeing Nepali litterateurs being awarded with the Nobel Prize.
“Nepali literature is equally proficient. But our literary works must be translated in the highly refined form of English language with adequate precision while maneuvering its contents,” he said.
The selection sub-committee formed to nominate the awardees has selected 33 literary figures at the first phase. Of them, the sub-committee shortlisted five literary figures for the Madhuparka Samman award and 10 for Madhuparka Pratibha Puraskar award.
The sub-committee was formed under the coordination of Executive Chairman of Gorkhapatra Corporation Krishna Murari Bhandari comprising Editor-in-chief of Madhuparka Jay Dev Bhattarai as a member secretary and writer Abhaya Shrestha as a member.
Madhuparka was first published in Jestha, 2025 B.S. Since last 18 years, the magazine has been honouring two literary figures, each in essay and poetry writings.
However, from this year, Madhuparka has started felicitating two additional literary figures with Madhuparka Pratibha awards. The magazine has also made an obligatory provision to honour a female literary figure.
Expressing his gratitude toward the Madhuparka, Dr. Bimal said the Madhuparka played an important role to establish him as a littérateur.
“If the magazine had not given space to my creation, I could never have built my confidence to write,” said Bimal.
Executive Chairman Bhandari said the awardees were selected as per the readers’ aspiration.
“Gorkhapatra itself is an organisation with archeological importance,” said Bhandari, adding that since last 119 years, the organisation had committed to informing the society through its publications.
He said he had a dream of bringing Madhuparka in the mainstream of Nepali literary journalism. “This is possible only when the litterateurs contribute to the magazine with their creations.”
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