About Laxmi Prasad Devkota
Laxmi Prasad Devkota
Occupation Poet and Scholar
Laxmi Prasad Devkota (November 12, 1909 – September 14, 1959), was a Nepali poet . He is arguably the best writer in the Nepali Language. He has written great works in the Nepalese Language. He is best known for the poem " Muna Madan ."
Devkota was the third son of Pandit Til Madhav and Amar Rajya Laxmi Devi. He was born in Thatunati (now Dhobidhara), Kathmandu on the day of Dipawali, the Festival of Lights, which is a celebration of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. His parents considered his birth as a gift [प्रसाद] from the goddess and named him as Laxmi Prasad [लक्ष्मी प्रसाद].He is well considered as one of the famous icons in the field of nepalese literature.
After he received his bachelor's of law,he wrote to a friend while he was in Santa Bhawan Hospital, "Death stands before me. I search for constellations in the sky but can find none. I cannot give peace to myself. If I could rise, I would kill myself and my future prospects."
Laxmi Prasad Devkota was primarily a humanist who occasionally wrote from an atheistist point of view too. Some critics have mistaken his intellectual queries for atheism and have tried to line him up with Marxism or other similar politically leftist ideologies. This is why such critics were shocked when he dictated one of his last poems to a friend, "Aakhir Shree Krishna rahecha eka" (" in the end, Lord Krishna happens to be the only truth"). very good
Devkota has contributed to Nepali literature by bringing the Sanskrit tradition to its apex and by starting modern romantic movement in the country. Devkota was the first to begin writing epics in Nepali literature and his magnum opus "Muna-Madan" remains a best seller even fifty years after his death. He is recognized as one of the greatest Nepali writers and his work is in the same level of standard as any of the greats of literature in any language. He also served as Nepal's Education Minister, and was a professor at Tri-Chandra College.
Devkota had the ability to write poems very quickly—he wrote the Shakuntal in three months, the Sulochana epic in 10 days and Kunjini in a single night. Nepali poetry soared to new heights with Devkota's groundbreaking poetry. "Muna-Madan," a long narrative poem in popular folk metre, begins the end of the Sanskrit tradition in Nepali literature. "पागल " (translated in English as "The Lunatic") is another of his ground-breaking works.
Devkota's youngest son lives in New Zealand while his oldest son and 4 daughters still live in Kathmandu, Nepal.
1. Champa (चम्पा)
1. Lakshmi Kathasanghrahah
Poetry / Short Novels
1. bal jasto
2. Kunjini (कुञ्जिनि - खण्डकाव्य)
3. Gaine Geet (गाइने गीत)
4. Putali (पुतली)
5. Krishibala (कृषिवाला - गीतिनाटक)
6. Dushyant-Shakantula Bhet (दुष्यन्त-शकुन्तला भेट खण्डकाव्य)
7. Munamadan (मुनामदन - खण्डकाव्य)
8. Ravan-Jatayu Youdha (रावण-जटायु युद्ध)
9. Lakshmi Kavita Sanghrah (लक्ष्मी कविता संग्रह)
10. Luni (लुनि)
11. Sun Ko Bihani (सुनको बिहानी- बालकविता)
12. Raj Kumar Prabhakar (राजकुमार प्रभाकर)
13. Sita Haran (सीता हरण)
14. Mahendu (म्हेन्दु)
1. Shakuntal (शाकुन्तल)
2. Sulochana (सुलोचना)
3. Bana Kusum (बनकुसुम)
4. Maharana Pratap (महाराणा प्रताप)
5. Prithvi Raj Chauhan (पृथ्वीराज चौहान)
6. Prometheus (प्रमीथस)
1. Savitri Satyawan (शावित्री सत्यवान) It is a wonderful play about the love between Sabitri and Satyaban.
2. Krishibala (कृषिवाला) is another play written by devkota. it is about the problems that Nepalese farmers are undergoing.
Essay / Essay collection
1. Dadimko Rukh Nera (दाडिमको रुख नेर)
2. Prasiddha Prabhanda Sanghrah (लक्ष्मी प्रबन्ध संग्रह)
3. Lakshmi Nibandha Sanghrah (लक्ष्मी निवन्ध संग्रह)
Once, Devkota was invited to a party to which he went dressed informally. The guard at the door did not let him in because he wasn't clothed according to the dress code. Devkota went back home and returned wearing a suit. This time, he was allowed in. After Devkota went inside, he began pouring his drink and food all over the coat he was wearing. The surprised guests asked him what the matter was. Devkota replied that if he was allowed inside only with the suit on, the suit must have been invited to the party and not him.
• Biography of Devkota at SpinyBabbler.org
• Laxmi Prasad Devkota: Nepal's Greatest Poet
• Maha Kabi: Laxmi Prasad Devkota