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Banira Giri, 1946-

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Readings:

  1. Jivana thaymaru.
    Kathmandu : Sanjha Prakashan, 1978.
    (LCCN : 78903360)
  2. Mero avishkara.
    Kathmandu : Apurva Prakashan, 1984.
    (LCCN : 86901150)

Banira Giri, an acclaimed personality in Nepali literature, was born on April 11, 1946 in Kurseong near Darjeeling in West Bengal. She became the first Nepali woman to be awarded a PhD from Tribhuvan University. She was the first woman to receive the Sajha Award, for her poetic fiction Shabdatit Shantanu. She is one of the very few Nepali women writers to have established a reputation outside Nepal.

The poems of Banira Giri are always inspiring, her strong words and forceful logical exposition probing the depths of human wounds and carrying the inner voice of the victim. In many ways, Giri's poems are a compendium of the society and cultures she lives in.

In 1997, the Japan Foundation Asia Center gave Banira Giri the Takeshi Kaiko Memorial award for one-person poetry readings in three major cities of Japan.

Banira Giri has been decorated with Nepal's esteemed Supraval Gorkha Dakshinabahu award, as well as several other awards and prizes. Her poems are included in several anthologies in Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, English, Japanese and other languages. Her works are published in different literary magazines in Nepal, India and abroad. Presently she teaches Nepali at Tribhuvan University.

The Library of Congress has eight works by her.

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