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Purna Bahadur Vaidya, 1941-


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  1. Sarasu.
    (LCCN: sa 68009205)
    • "Sutha juyavam"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 1-2
  2. Lah lah khah.
    Kwapa : Sanyojna Guthi, 1995.
    (LCCN: 96906168)
  3. Kheluitah.
    • "Cikulaya nhi-i-va barhamcai"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 84-86

Purna Bahadur Vaidya, born on August 29, 1941 in Bhaktapur, Nepal, is an established poet and essayist in Newari. He received the degree of Master of Education from Tribhuvan University. Vaidya has written a remarkable collection of poems in Newari: Lah lah khah, a collection of eighty-four poems "refracted through water." Water is Purna Vaidya's element. He sings water as Whitman sings the self. He was awarded the Shrestha Sirapa (the one and only award in Newari literature, established by the late Swoyambhu Lal Shrestha) in 1964 for his poetry collection Sarasu, and in 1972 for his essay collection Ji Chhagu Abhibyakti. He also was awarded the Rastriya Siksha Puraskar (1993), the Rashtriya Pratibha Puraskar (1996), and the Aswikrit Sahitya Puraskar (2002).

One of his poems was awarded the first prize in the poetry contest among the poets from Asia, Africa and Latin America at a program organized on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the People's Republic of Korea, and was published in Korean and English language in the book The Sun Shines All over The World. Most of his works are being translated from Newari so as to capture a wider audience. His poems are published in Drunken Boat, Nimrod (The Expanding Circle), Pacific Journal of International Writing, and other literary magazines in the U.S. Presently, Purna Vaidya teaches the Newari Language at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.

The Library of Congress has three works by him.

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