GANGTOK: Sikkim’s oldest literary organisation,the Nepali Sahitya Parishad has decided to award this year’s Bhanu Puraskar to a politician, social worker and Nepali language ‘warrior’ Bhasha Sangrami Dil Kumari Bhandari on the occasion of Bhanu Jayanti.
She has tirelessly worked for Nepali-speaking people and given her significant contribution to the Nepali Bhasha movement, which led to Nepali language recognition under India’s Constitution’s eighth schedule in 1992.
Dil Kumari Bhandari was the former and first woman elected to the Sikkim parliament. She was also the president of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, an Indian Gorkha group, till 2012.
Every year, Nepali speaking people all over the world celebrate Bhanu Jayanti as a major event with literary seminars and programmes, as well as a notable presence of Nepali writers, novelists, and other literary figures/enthusiasts.
Bhanubhakta was a Nepali poet, translator and writer. He was the first to translate the epic Ramayana from Sanskrit to Nepali. Despite the presence of other contemporaneous poets in the country at the time, he was regarded and honoured as the Nepali language’s Adikavi (first poet).
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