The 205th Bhanu Jayanti or birth anniversary of the Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya was celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm in Darjeeling, Siliguri, Terai-Dooars, Sikkim and other Nepali speaking dominated areas across the nation. Bhanubhakta Acharya was a Nepali poet, translator and writer. He translated the great epic Ramayana from Sanskrit to Nepali language. He was the first person to translate the epic Ramayana from Sanskrit. Despite having other contemporary poets in the country during his time, he is revered and honored with the title of Adikavi (The First Poet) of the Nepali language.
Every year Bhanu Jayanti is celebrated as a mega event with literary seminars, and programs and amid a remarkable presence of Nepalese writers, novelists, and other literary figures/enthusiasts. Likewise, a program was organized in Darjeeling under the initiation of the GTA.
Similarly, Bhanu Jayanti was also celebrated heartily in the neighbouring Himalayan State of Sikkim. Beside Gangtok, a program was organized in Soreng (West Sikkim) where Chief Minister P.S. Golay was present as a Chief Guest. Golay inaugurated the program by offering flowers before the portrait of the poet. School students of various schools of the region gleefully presented traditional and cultural songs and dance in the program.
205th birth anniversary of the Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya was also celebrated in Kalimpong and Gorubathan. Lines from the Ramayana translated by the poet from Sanskrit to Nepali language were recited. In the program, the contribution of the Adikavi was also commemorated.
Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Naxalbari also celebrated the 205th birth anniversary of the poet in a grand manner. Professor Meghnath Chettri graced the program as the Chief Guest. Literary seminars and programs were presented in memory of the poet’s great contribution to Nepali language. Before the program, the Chief guest placed a eautiful wreath before the poet’s statue situated at Naxalbari Bazar premises.