Monthly Program Organized (3 April 2015)

Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) organized its monthly program on 3 April 2015 at Padma Kanya Campus, Bagbazar, Kathmandu. Prof. Madhukar Semsher Rana delivered a talk on the topic “Revival of Silk Road and Cultural Connectivity.” Prof. Rana sketched a long history of silk road beginning from pre-Christian era and focused on its economic significance. According to Prof. Rana, the Chinese started their long and arduous journey to Arabia, Rome, and Europe on camels and horses in ancient times with the main motive of trade. The contact among the Chinese, Arabs, Romans and Europeans was the beginning of globalization and it led to the spread of cultures too as these people propagated their religions—Buddhism, Islam and Christianity—through silk road connectivity. However, silk road was not always beneficial because epidemic diseases like plague spread through it. In the modern context, silk road has got symbolic significance. If we see its effect on Nepal, we observe that Newari culture was directly affected by the connectivity of silk road. In the past, Nepal had commercial and cultural ties with Tibet and Buddhism spread through silk road connectivity in the northern parts of Nepal. In the discussion session, Prof. Mohan Prasad Lohani inquired whether cultural connectivity can be promoted by reviving silk road. Prof. Sushmita Talukdar and Mr. Bal Dev Adhikari asked if there was a chance of violence and clash of civilization because of cultural connectivity in the geopolitically sensitive Asia. Dr. Anita Dhungel and Dr. Dhruba Karki commended Prof. Rana for delivering an inspiring speech on silk road connectivity. The General Secretary of LAN, Mr. Khum Prasad Sharma moderated the program and the LAN President, Prof. Shreedhar Gautam concluded the talk program with his valuable remarks. 11077408_1427648147546794_404723571_n 11101654_1427648104213465_854614193_n 11116080_1427647830880159_409286359_n 11121770_1427647907546818_1422620918_n 11125488_1427647947546814_934682374_n 11129444_1427648040880138_1950015405_n 11131841_1427648017546807_1736061935_n 11131944_1427647977546811_74786822_n Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) successfully held its 34th Annual International Conference on March 1-2, 2015 at Padma Kanya Campus, Kathmandu on the theme “Literary Silk Road for Cultural Connectivity.” The Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chancellor of Nepal Academy, Ganga Prasad Uprety who shed light on the importance of literary activities in his inaugural address. The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Padma Prasad Devkota. LAN General Secretary, Mr. Khum Prasad Sharma, informed the participants about the two-day program highlights. LAN President, Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Gautam, delivered his presidential address. The Editor-in-Chief of LAN, Mr. Krishna Niroula, presented the LAN journal, Literary Studies, to the Chief Guest, and the Chairperson of the inaugural session. LAN Executive Member, Prof. Dr. Susmita Talukdar, extended vote of thanks on behalf of LAN. The Chairperson concluded the inaugural session with his address. The first day of the Conference was divided into three sessions. In the first session, Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay, Prof. Dr. Arun Gupto, and Prof. Dr. Susmita Talukdar presented their papers on the theme of literary silk-road. The theme of the second session was “Political and Literary History of Nepal” and this session was in the form of panel discussion. The panelists were historian Dinesh Raj Pant, literary writer Prakash A. Raj, and researcher Ajay Bhadra Khanal. This panel discussion session was moderated by political analyist, Bishnu Sapkota. The theme of the third session was “Literatures from Far and Near” and the paper presenters were Prof. Dr. Ram Chandra Paudel, Prof. Dr. Rajan Prasad Pokharel and Mr. Tara Prasad Adhikari from Nepal, Mr. Hualai Li from China, and Mr. Khalil Hodaia from the Middle East. The second day of the Conference had four sessions. The first session was again on the theme of literary silk-road and the paper presenters were Prof. Dr. Padma Prasad Devkota, Prof. Dr. Ammaraj Joshi, Dr. Hari Adhikari, and Dr. Dhruba Karki. The second session was on writing and the paper presenters were LAN Vice-President, Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Mr. Hem Raj Kafle, Mr. Bam Dev Sharma from Nepal, and Mr. Sher Bahadur Tamang from Japan. The third session was on the theme “Literary Potpourri” and the paper presenters were Prof. Dr. Deborah Merola from America, Mr. Bishwa Nath Lamichhane from Nepal and Mr. Manuel Blanco Luis from Spain. The fourth session was poetry recitation session and this session was conducted by poet, Mr. Prakash Subedi. Towards the end of the second day of the Conference, LAN joint-secretary, Mr. Kumar Adhikari, extended vote of thanks to all the individuals and organizations for helping LAN to successfully organize the 34th Conference. The LAN President, Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Gautam, concluded the two-day long Conference by proposing the new resolution: “Translating Nepali Literatures.” The Conference was attended by scholars, writers and researchers from Nepal and abroad. International participants were from the USA, Germany, Spain, China, Japan, and the Middle East. The Conference was hosted by Miss Roshani Dhamala .DSC_5680 DSC_5662 DSC_5643 DSC_5602 DSC_5585 DSC_5596 DSC_5630 DSC_5628 DSC_5626 DSC_5554 DSC_5565