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News Date     25-Nov-02 09:30 PM
Subject: Laxmi Jayanti News and Thank You



Dear community members,

On behalf of International Nepali Literary Society (INLS), I would like to thank everyone who came to the Laxmi Jayanti program on Sunday, November 17 despite rain. Our sincere thanks also to Chief Guest Dr. Sachhe Kumar Pahari, Program Chair, litterateur Mr. Hom Nath Subedi, and representatives from various DC metro local organizations as well as Royal Nepalese Embassy for accepting our invitation and coming to the program. In addition, I would like to thank following people and organizations for their help in organizing the program and making it successful:

Cinema Hall and Sound System: Nepalese Student Association, GMU
Movie Arrangement: Daniel Tamang, Pralhad KC, Arnico Panday, Sangita Shrestova
Ticket Sponsor: Peace Land Travels and Tours
Event Promotion: Nepalhorizons.com, Radio Dovaan and Ganesh Timelsena
News Coverage: Nepalipost.com , Gopal Regmi, Prakash Subedi
Performance: Manish Pokharel, Pragya Sitoula, Sameer Khakurel, Manju Sangraula, Students from School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal and Potery Recitation Participants
Program Coordination: Manish Pokhrel and Tika Pun
Devkota Introduction: Basant Shrestha and Govinda “Giri” Prerana
Moderation: Bhim Regmi
Donations: Kiran Sitoula, Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students in North America (SEBS-NA), Savi Pahari, Tej Bahadur K.C.
Ticket Sale: Ram Malakar, Kabindra Sitoula, Mt.Everest Resturant, Tika Pun, Basant Shrestha, Manish Pokharel, Subu K.C.
Volunteers: Basu Satyal, Vijay Regmi, INLS EC members, School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal staff and parents

I hope to receive similar help and support from community organizations and members for our upcoming programs. For those of you who could not make it to the program, please find detailed news report below this message. For Nepali language version of news release, please check www.inls.org or nepalipost.com. Picture of students from School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal singing a Nepali song is attached. Income and expenses will be published in the upcoming issue of INSIGHT magazine.
Thank you again.

-Puru Subedi
President 2002-03, INLS

Successful Ceremony To Pay Tribute to Late Laxmi Prasad Devkota.
Washington, D.C. November 19, 2002

International Nepali Literary Society, Washington D.C., with it’s sympathizers and DC community members celebrated 95th birthday of Late Laxmi Prasad Devkota on November 17th, 2002.

While addressing the crowd, Chief Guest Dr. Sachhe Kumar Pahari commended INLS’s efforts to preserve Nepali culture and literature outside Nepal. He voiced support for DC Nepali Education project's Nepali language classes for children and asked to continue the effort. Dr. S.K. Pahari told few remembrances of Laxmi Prasad Devkota while both were studying together in 2008 BS. President of INLS, Mr. Puru Subedi, said that the occasion not only gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to such personalities as Laxmi Prasad Devkota, but also reminds us of our national pride. Chair of INLS DC Nepali Education Committee, Dr. Anup Pahari, emphasized that the Nepali school's main intention is to give ability for our children to read and understand Nepali literary works. He expressed utter satisfaction for the support received to run the education project. INLS Past President Basant Shrestha and litterateur Govinda Giri 'Prerana' highlighted Laxmi Prasad Devkota's works and talent. Social worker Savi Pahari, representative from Nepalese Embassy Mr. Krishna Chhandra Aryal and Founding President of INLS Mr. Hom Nath Subedi spoke on the occasion. Mr. Hom Nath Subedi chaired the program and INLS General Secretary D.B. Tamang welcomed everyone to the program.

Participants also paid tribute to famous litterateur, analyst late Dr. Dilli Ram Timisena. Program Chair, Mr. Hom Nath Subedi discussed late Dr. Dilli Ram Timisena’s contribution to Nepali literature and said Dr. Timisena sets an example of how one can contribute to Nepal literature from outside Nepal. Mr. Subedi announced International Nepali Literary Best Book Award and mentioned that two out of three of the INLS book prizes will be given on late Dr. Dilli Ram Timisena’s name.

President of Society of Ex-Budhanilkanthan Students in North America (SEBS-NA), Mr. Kiran Sitoula, announced that SEBS-NA has donated $200.00 to run classes of School of Nepali Languages and Culture in DC. Likewise, social worker Mrs. Savi Pahadi and respected elder guest Mr. Tej Bahadur donated $201.00 to the school.

Nepalese Student Association, GMU provided the Cinema Hall for the program at George Mason University. NSA President, Kalpana Satyal expressed pleasure to be able to help INLS for the program.

A poetry competition called Moti Samasya Purti was held on program. In this competition audience was asked to come up with a poetry that ends with the line "Chhamera Hera Mutuma Mero Nepal Dhadkanchha" and recite. Mr. Paras Shrestha, Sonu Regmi, and Pragya Sitoula won first, second, and third places respectively.

Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to following individuals for their outstanding service and support to INLS:


1. INLS Founding President, Chairman of Board of Trustees, Poet and Novelist, Mr. Hom Nath Subedi in honor of his 12 years of continuous service and outstanding contribution in guiding INLS to achieve its mission, vision and objectives.

2. INLS Past President and Co-Chairman of Board of Trustees, Mr. Bhim Prasad Regmi in appreciation of his outstanding contribution on all INLS projects.

3. Co-Chairman of INLS Literary Award Committee, Mr. Suman Timsina in appreciation of his outstanding contribution in establishing International Nepali Literary Best Book Award.

4. INLS DC Nepali Education Committee (DCNEP) Advisor, Dr. Shyam Karki in recognition of his outstanding contribution to INLS in establishing and running School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal in Washington D.C.

5. Chairman of INLS DC Nepali Education Committee (DCNEP), Dr. Anup Kumar Pahari in recognition of his outstanding contribution to INLS in establishing and running School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal in Washington D.C.

6. Nepali Language and Culture Instructor, Mrs. Pragya Sitoula in recognition of her outstanding contribution to INLS in establishing and running School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal in Washington D.C.

7. Nepali Language and Culture Instructor, Mrs. Kalpana Subedi in recognition of her outstanding contribution to INLS in establishing and running School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal in Washington D.C.

8. INLS Treasurer, Nepali Education Fund Manager and Instructor, Mrs. Sujan Shah in recognition of her outstanding contribution to INLS in establishing and running School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal in Washington D.C.

9. INLS Web Designer and Webmaster, Mr. Ganesh Timelsena in recognition of his outstanding contribution to INLS in designing, developing and maintaining INLS Websites and systems.

10. INLS INSIGHT magazine Editor, Web Editor and member of INLS Theater Coordination Committee, Mr. Tika Pun in recognition of his outstanding contribution in editing INSIGHT magazine, Website as well as assisting in theater coordination

11. INLS Advisor, Mr. Subu Pratap K.C. in recognition of his outstanding contribution in promoting INLS events and providing technical consultations.

Mr. Tej Bahadur K.C. was honored as elder guest in the program and presented with honor certificate.

Tribute was also paid to Lain Singh Bangdel, who recently passed away, Nayaraj Pant, human rights activist and writer Rishi Kesh Shah with a minute of silence. The program was moderated by INLS past president Mr. Bhim P. Regmi.

Manish Pokhrel and Pragya Sitoula presented a dance and Manju Sangroula and Samir Khakurel entertianed with songs. Students from School of Languages and Cultures of Nepal sang a group song that says "Myau Myau Muso Karyo." At the end, movie "Mukundo" was shown.

 
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