Events/ Programs

February Monthly Program Organized

Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) organized its monthly program on 6 February 2015 at IACER, Tanka Prasad Marg, Old Baneshwor, Kathmandu. The program was chaired by LAN President, Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Prasad Gautam and moderated by LAN General Secretary, Mr. Khum Prasad Sharma.   Prof. Dr. Padma Prasad Devkota delivered a talk on “Beauty and the East” based on the Great Poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota’s poem “To a Beautiful Prostitute.” Prof. Devkota observed that the poet has described beauty in the poem at five different levels, namely, physical beauty, vital beauty, mental beauty, intellectual beauty, and spiritual beauty. For an individual to be beautiful (like the prostitute of the poem), Prof. Devkota argued, beauty has also to exist at the spiritual level.   In the discussion session that followed, several scholars commented on Prof. Devkota’s presentation. Prof. Dr. Mohan Prasad Lohani inquired whether the spiritual concept of beauty can be taken as heightened consciousness. Mr. Prabhu Yadav clarified his confusion by asking the presenter about the title of the talk and the title of the poem on which the talk was based. Mr. Prakash Subedi’s inquiry was whether we can think beyond eastern and western concepts when we think of beauty. Ms. Shristi Bhattarai inquired whether Prof. Devkota has some larger purpose like nationalism in his attempt to systematize eastern aesthetics. The discussion session concluded with Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Prasad Lohani’s subtle comment on Prof. Devkota’s talk. Prof. Lohani contended that one cannot fit a poem into a philosophical framework. His main contention was that the poet wanted the beauty of the prostitute to last forever but it doesn’t, and that makes the poet angry. In the world, beauty is ephemeral.   The Chairperson expressed his pleasure for being able to organize a talk on the Nepali poet and concluded the program.

LAN January Monthly Program Organized

LAN organized its monthly program on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at IACER, Old Baneshwor Heights, Kathmandu. First, the participants watched the movie, Dead Poets Society (1989). Then, Vice President, Dr. Laxman Gnawali opened the floor for discussion which revolved around the remarkable views expressed by Professor Shreedhar Lohani. According to Prof. Lohani, the movie basically depicted the tension between freedom and responsibility; and the balance between these two conflicting values was represented first by John Keating, the English teacher at the Welton Academy and later by Todd, one of his students. Prof. Lohani quoted Keating’s words, “sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.” It means although Keating uses “unorthodox teaching methods” in his classroom, he is teaching his students both “daring and caution.” For Keating, if medicine, law, business and engineering are “noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life,” poetry, beauty, romance and love are “what we live for.”

Prof. Arun Gupto, Dr. Hari Adhikari, Mr. Bal Dev Adhikari, Mr. Phatik Poudel, and Mr. Kumar Adhikari were other scholars who expressed their views on other aspects of the movie.

Concluding the session, Dr. Gnawali presented vote of thanks and informed the participants about the February event.

LAN Monthly Program Organized 5 Dec. 2014

LAN organized its monthly program on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at IACER, Old Baneshwor Heights, Kathmandu. First, the participants watched the movie, Dead Poets Society (1989). Then, Vice President, Dr. Laxman Gnawali opened the floor for discussion which revolved around the remarkable views expressed by Professor Shreedhar Lohani. According to Prof. Lohani, the movie basically depicted the tension between freedom and responsibility; and the balance between these two conflicting values was represented first by John Keating, the English teacher at the Welton Academy and later by Todd, one of his students. Prof. Lohani quoted Keating’s words, “sucking the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone.” It means although Keating uses “unorthodox teaching methods” in his classroom, he is teaching his students both “daring and caution.” For Keating, if medicine, law, business and engineering are “noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life,” poetry, beauty, romance and love are “what we live for.”

Prof. Arun Gupto, Dr. Hari Adhikari, Mr. Bal Dev Adhikari, Mr. Phatik Poudel, and Mr. Kumar Adhikari were other scholars who expressed their views on other aspects of the movie.

Concluding the session, Dr. Gnawali presented vote of thanks and informed the participants about the February event.

Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) organized its monthly program on Friday, 5 December 2014 at Nobel Academy, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu. Dr. Laxman Gnawali, Associate Prof. at Kathmandu University and the Vice-President of LAN, presented a talk entitled Dead Poets Society and Approaching Literature.” During the presentation, Dr Gnawali showed some clips from the 1989 American drama film, Dead Poets Society, written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams. The presentation mainly focused on two approaches of teaching as depicted in the film: one conservative approach represented by Mr. Nolan, the Headmaster of Welton Academy and another unorthodox teaching approach represented by John Keating, the new English teacher who encouraged his students “to make your lives extraordinary.”

In the discussion session that followed, Prof. Mohan Lohani, Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay, poet Basant Lohani, and other scholars expressed their views on pedagogy.

LAN President Prof. Shreedhar Gautam concluded the program with his valuable remarks.

LAN Monthly Program Organized 14 Nov. 2014

The Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) organized its monthly program on 14 November 2014 at Padma Kanya Campus, Kathmandu.  The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Gautam, President of LAN and moderated by Khum Prasad Sharma, General Secretary of LAN.  There was an overwhelming participation of writers, faculties, scholars and enthusiasts in literature. Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay presented a paper entitled “First World War in Literature: Reflections across the Genres.” Prof. Upadhyay argued in the paper that many a time war becomes inevitable because one group or country threatens the dignity of another. He cited the examples of the wars portrayed in the early epics The Mahabharata and The Odyssey. From the general notion of war, Prof. Upadhyay moved to analyze the First World War literature: poems, novels, dramas and essays. He discussed two groups of writers of war literature. Some writers, according to Prof. Upadhyay, were enlisted soldiers and hence wrote from the war trenches while others wrote as detached observers of the War. Likewise, some writers took the theme of patriotism in their literary expressions whereas others wrote on the theme of the futility of war.

During the discussion session, several participants expressed their views about war and war literature. The session concluded with Prof. Shreedhar Prasad Lohani’s enlightening observations on war and war literature. According to Prof. Lohani, war is inevitable because it is in the human instinct. He argued that the question of morality about war is absurd because we cannot escape wars. In this regard, he quoted Greek philosopher, Plato who had said, “We’re free from wars only when we are dead.” Prof. Lohani also revealed startling statistics which showed that violence in primitive human societies killed more people than wars did in the organized modern era.

The Chairperson concluded the program with his observation.

Talk Program on “Theater and the Academia” Organized

Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) organized a talk program on “Theatre and the Academica” on Friday, 24 June 2011 at IACER, Baneshwar Heights, Kathmandu. Dr. Deborah Merola, a senior Fulbright scholar to Nepal presented a talk among audience comprising University teachers, theater researchers, university students writers and academicians. Dr. Merola spoke on the theatrical practices in the Universities in the United States of America and her own experience of teaching and producing/ directing plays in Nepal at several occasions.

The talk was followed by a brief interaction session. Dr. Ammaraj Joshi, Prof. Dr. Mohan Lohani, Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay, Dr. Ananda Sharma, Bamdev Adhikari, Prakash Subedi, Bal Bahadur Thapa, Khem Raj Khanal, Nitya Pandey, and many others participated in the interaction.

The session was chaired by Sharad Chandra Thakur while Keshab Sigdel moderated the programme.

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