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Madhav Ghimire, 1919-


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  1. Asvatthama:gitinatak.
    Kathmandu : Nepal Rajkiya Pragya Pratishtan, 1996.
    (LCCN: 97903631)

Madhav Ghimire, born on October 22, 1919, is among the last of the older generation of poets in Nepal. He was motivated by works of Rabindranath Tagore.

His childhood was spent in Lamjung District – among the hills. Ghimire's writing career developed gradually and in 1946, he became the editor of Gorkha Patra. Sharada and Udaya were other journals in which he began to publish his work.

Ghimire was the Vice Chancellor of the Royal Nepal Academy from 1979 to 1988 and Chancellor from 1988 to 1990. During his tenure, he led delegations to China, Russia, and Bangladesh. For his work, he has received the Distinguished Academy Medal, Shree Prasiddha Praval Gorkha Dakshinabahu, Bhanubhakta Award, and Tribhuwan Pragya Puraskar among others.

In terms of popularity, excellence and acclaim, Ghimire is considered a source of inspiration in Nepali Literature. He began writing songs and poems 67 years ago and continues to do so even today. He has written poems, long narrative poems, lyrical-epic poems, and ballads and has rendered immense contribution to the enrichment of Nepali literature. The Royal Nepal Academy's Modern Nepali Poems (1972 First ed.) commends his poems as ‘manifestations of the Nepalese life'. Some of his most praised pieces are Aphnai bansuri aphnai gita, Asvatthama:gitinatak, Gauri, Indrakumari, Rajesvari, and Rashtra-nirmata.

The Library of Congress has fifteen works by him.

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