Published On: August 19, 2020 12:55 PM NPT By: Santosh Ghimire | @journonepali
KATHMANDU, Aug 19: National poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire has been cremated with state honors.
A squad of Nepal Army offered salutes to Ghimire at Pashupati Aryaghat in the capital. People from various walks of life including litterateurs reached Pashupati Aryaghat to pay tribute to him.
Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokharel paid tribute to Ghimire who passed away on Tuesday evening.
Pokharel visited the residence of late Ghimire to pay tribute to the veteran poet. He expressed sorrow on the demise of Ghimire. The deputy prime minister draped national flag on the body of Pokharel.
Vice chancellor of the Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Uprety and litterateurs reached Lainchaur-based Ghimire's residence to pay tribute to Ghimire.
Ghimire, a celebrated poet of Nepal, died at his residence at the age of 101 on Tuesday. He was also a playwright and essayist.
Gauri (epic), Kinnar Kinnari (lyrical anthology) Shakuntala (epic) and Charu Charcha (collection of essays) are some of his popular literary works. Malati Mangale, a musical dram, is another popular work by late Ghimire.
Ghimire was born to a middle class family on September 23, 2019 at Pustun village in Lamjung.
He has written several poems in his literary career. Nepali Hami Rahaula Kaha Nepalai Narahe, Gaauchha Geet Nepali Jyoti ko Pankha Uchaali Jai Jai Nepal Sundar Santa Bishal and Himal Pari Himal Wari are some of the popular poems that he wrote.
Ghimire also went on to become the editor-in-chief of state-run Gorkhapatra daily in 1946. He was also appointed as the chancellor of the then Royal Nepal Academy in late 1980s.
The government conferred on him the title of Rashtra Kavi in 2003.
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