Kalimpong, July 15: Eminent Nepali author Haimandas Rai ‘Kirat’ passed away late Sunday night at the age of 101 years. The renowned literary figure who was awarded with the Bhanu Puraskar’03 for lifetime contribution to Nepali literature breathed his last breath in Gorubathan under Kalimpong District. His demise has brought a grave loss to all the Nepali language literature and the end of an era in Indian Nepali literature.
Various senior writers of Indian Nepali literature, Indian political leaders including social activists expressed their deep condolences and compassion to the mourning family. Although his earthly body is not among us, however the Sahitya Akademi Puraskar awardee will remain immortal through his lines in his work ‘Kehi Namilayko Rekha haru‘ (2008). Haimandas Rai ‘Kirat’, who was born on February 1919, was a revered writer who mostly wrote about the lives of the middle-class, a bold front ranking writer dealing with psychological themes, was also the recipient of many prestigious awards.
Kirat started writing at the age of 15. His first story was published in “Sarada” then Nepal’s journal/Magazine in 1934. Apart from being a writer Kirat also went on to become a Publisher of literary works. He established a publishing house “Nav Yug Pustak Mandir” at the time when there was no electricity, no roadways, no television to be precise. He went on to promote legendary writers of Nepali Literature world like Lt. Indra Bahadur Rai, Hari Bhakta Katuwal, Chandra Sinha Pradhan, Nar Bahadur Dahal by publishing their articles.
He has been so far conferred with innumerable awards and honours for his literary works. Among his collections of short-stories are: Chowkidar (the Watchman, 1953), Abhaginiko Sathi (Friend of the Unblessed, 1955), Binayo (1956), Vijay (1965) and Bhatuwa (the Wayfarer, 1957).