Namchi, 22 Jun:

The first Parvati Gurung Smriti Puraskar was conferred on litterateur, Dr Ghanashyam Nepal, in a programme organized by Srijanshil Sahitya Lekhan Manch, Jorethang, at the conference hall of State Institute of Rural Development-Karfectar in South Sikkim on 21 Jun.

The programme started with a prayer session as a mark of tribute to Dr Lalit Rai and a two-minute silence was also observed for the martyrs of the ongoing Gorkhaland agitation.

Literary figure, Rudra Poudyal, attended the function as chief guest along with chairperson of the programme, Rastaman Rai. The theme song of Srijanshil Sahitya Lekhan Manch-Jorethang, composed by LB Basnett, was presented by members of the Manch during the programme.

President of SSLM-Jorethang, Tika Gurung, in his welcome note, informed that the event is being conducted in memory of his Late mother Parvati Gurung. The programme is held on 21 Jun as his mother had passed away on this day, he added.

The introduction of Dr Nepal along with the details of his contribution to Nepali literature and the books penned by him were presented in brief to the gathering of literary personalities, officials, teachers, students and other invited guests.

The Parvati Gurung Smriti Puraskar was handed to Dr Nepal by the chairperson, chief guest and president of SSLM-Jorethang. The award included a citation, shawl and a cash prize.

Dr Nepal expressed his gratitude to SSLM-Jorethang and its president for bestowing him with such respect and award constituted in memory of his Late mother. He added that the value of an award depends on why the award has been constituted and since Parvati Gurung Smriti Puraskar is based in the memory of a mother, therefore, it holds special importance and value.

Speaking on the development of the society through literature, he said that the society needs to work for the overall development of children which includes literary development and for this he cited the need for more writers who write for children.

On the importance of literature in a person’s life, he stated that studying literature helps in making an individual a good human.

Furthermore, Dr Nepal urged everyone to develop the ability to love their language.

The jury members who selected the recipient of the first Parvati Gurung Smriti Puraskar include Dr Krishna Raj Ghataney, Jay ‘Cactus’ and Shiv Kumar Nepal.