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Friday, 23 September 2016

Madhav Ghimire: National Poet of Nepal

Posted by Anup Baral September 23, 2016 :
Madhav Prasad Ghimire born in 1919, Madhav Prasad Ghimire, the national poet of Nepal, is a living legend. He is undoubtedly one of that rare breed of poets in Nepal to achieve fame and fortune and not the miserable oblivion they are usually accorded. But the greatest asset of his life is his simplicity. He is a very simple person with simple tastes, but his verses are both diverse and complex. Nevertheless, to some he is a poet of the Himalayas and to some - the poet of love and harmony. However he is thought of, this truth cannot be denied: He is a lyrical poet and one of the true servants of Nepalese literature. Moreover, he is also a national treasure, connected as he is with the golden age of Nepalese literature. He is among the last of the older generation of poets, whose contemporaries - Bal Krishna Sama and Laxmi Prasad Devkota -have become historical figures in the annals of Nepalese literature. Ghimire's mother died when he was about one and half years old, and his childhood was spent in the Lamjung District with his father among the hills, trees, rivers, and soothing brooks of rural Nepal. Proper educational opportunities were lacking in Lamjung during his childhood. His first teacher was a holy man, who taught Ghimire and others the English alphabet from an old grammar book. He began his formal education at the age of 12, when his father sent him to study astrology, which he pursued for over two years. He was then sent to the Bhasa Patshala Language School, which was about a two-hour walk from his village. The teacher was a Sanskrit scholar (a pandit), and Ghimire received a lot of attention, because the pandit found Ghimire devoted to his studies. Fortunately, after he received the Ramayana as a prize he studied it and also read the Mahabharata and from there progressed to the to the poetry of Lekhnath Poudyal. It was the latter who inspired him to compose verses that he showed his teacher.

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