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Literary figure Shanta Das Manandhar passes away (rep 14/11/2023)

Writer Greta Rana passes away : The seasoned poet, novelist and translator is known for her books including ‘Hostage’ and ‘Ghost in the Bamboo’ (kp 27/01/2023), Greta Rana’s writing and history : Walking into the family of the Ranas, Greta walked into the unknown realms of Rana history, by Abhi Subedi (kp 12/02/2023)

Mahaguru Phalgunanda’s 138th birth anniversary being marked (kh 11/11/2022)

Devkota’s 114th birth anniversary being marked (rep 24/10/2022)

Centenarian culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi passes away : Born in 1919 in Patan, Joshi is celebrated for his achievements in the field of literature, history, and culture with more than 60 books on music, drama, culture, and history to his credit (nlt 16/10/2022), Always active, by Amrit Bhadgaunle (rep 16/10/2022), Veteran cultural historian and polymath Satya Mohan Joshi passes away at 103 : Joshi is celebrated for his achievements across literature, history, and culture with more than 60 books to his name, by Anup Ojha and Samuel Chhetri (kp 17/10/2022), Jureli chari sings the blues : When it came to chronicling Nepal’s enormously rich folk cultures, historian and culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi was without parallel, by Dinesh Kafle (kp 17/10/2022), Joshi’s performative cultural studies : The essence of his cultural studies is that no subject or belief becomes meaningful sans performance, by Abhi Subedi (kp 23/10/2022)

Remembering the maestro Gopal Yonjan : Gopal was a trailblazer who shaped Nepali music—its present and future—disarming listeners, urging them to step into his realm of creations, by Anshrica Dewan (kp 27/08/2022)

Chaitanya Subba obituary: A scholar of indigenous communities (ae 12/05/2022)

She lost her leg. But that didn’t stop her from standing tall : Sita Subedi lost one leg at 12. She persevered to become an accomplished Kathak dancer, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/04/2022)

Senior litterateur Sharma no more (kh 15/02/2022), Litterateur Tara Nath Sharma dies at 87 : Author of over 100 books, Sharma, who also wrote school textbooks, is known for his travelogue writing (kp 15/02/2022)

Remembering Lain Singh Bangdel : The artist’s first solo posthumous exhibition in Yeh Art Gallery, New York is all set to put the spotlight on Nepal’s international art history and how modern art made it to the country, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 18/11/2021)

Mahakavi Devkota’s literary contribution highlighted (kh 04/11/2021)

Noted progressive literary writer Bhatta passes away (kh 30/08/2021)

Remembering Balakrishna Sama : There is a dearth of  discussion about the  heritage of writers, dramatists and painters, by Abhi Subedi (kp 29/08/2021)

Nepal Bhasa poet Vaidya dies of coronavirus (kh 28/08/2021)

She picked sarangi out of necessity.Now she is a musical maestro : One of the first female artists from the Gandarbha community to pursue a professional musical career, Barta Gandarbha talks about her journey and doing what she does in a world gripped by the pandemic, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 29/04/2021)

Tracing Prem Dhoj Pradhan’s long and remarkable career in Nepali music : Pradhan’s songs are masterpieces that defined the start of the Nepali music industry and they are still cherished by many, making his legacy eternal, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 14/12/2020)

Nepali language at SOAS : It is a shame that the language has lost one of its oldest homes in the West, by Deepak Thapa (kp 26/11/2020)

Mahakavi Devkota's 112th birth anniversary being observed today (rep 14/11/2020)

Lain Singh Bangdel’s legacy lives on : Two decades after he died, family, friends and students say Nepal ought to value its foremost artist more, by Alisha Sijapati, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 13/11/2020)

Nepal’s Sherpas mourn Tengboche abbott : Revered high lama was a staunch protector of the Khumbu’s culture and environment, by Surendra Phuyal (nt online 13/10/2020), The Himalaya mourn a saintly leader : The Tengboche Rinpoche was a constant source of saintly support, presiding through periods of prosperity and disaster, by Lisa Choegyal (nt 30/10/2020), Tengboche abbott’s last wish : The late Rinpoche had asked that amulets be distributed to protect his Sherpa people from the coronavirus, by Devansh Mehta (nt 06/11/2020)

Meet Dorje Dolma, the first female writer from DolpoTwenty-five years ago, Dorje Dolma was living in remote Dolpo, battling a disease. Now, she’s a teacher, artist, and one of the first people from Dolpo to write a memoir, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 29/08/2020)

Rastrakavi Madhav Prasad Ghimire passes away (rn 18/08/2020), ‘Rastrakavi’ Madhav Prasad Ghimire passes away (kh 18/08/2020), Madhav Prasad Ghimire, the Rastra Kavi, dies at 101: Known for works such as Gauri (epic), Kinnar Kinnari (lyrical anthology), Charu Charcha (essay collection) and Shakuntala (epic), the poet of late was working on Ritambhara, by Timothy Aryal and Srizu Bajracharya (kp)

First female singer of Radio Nepal Ranu Devi no more (ht 02/05/2020)

Farewell, my friend, by Cilla Khatry [on the death of Peter J. Karthak], In memory of a friend: Peter J Karthak as a musician and a writer had many worlds inside him, by Abhi Subedi (kp 26/04/2020)

National Poet Ghimire celebrates 101th birthday: He is currently working on his next book, Ritambhara (kp 25/09/2019) [on Madhav Prasad Ghimire]

Madan Mani Dixit, a pioneering writer and journalist, dies at 96: He was jailed multiple times for his association with the Communist Party during the Panchayat regime, and it was during those incarcerations he wrote his award-winning novel, by Alisha Sijapati (kp 16/08/2019), Madan Mani In Memory, by Prem Khatry (rn 21/08/2019)

Remembering Jhalakman Gandharva: Many from the younger population may be unaware of Gandharva’s contribution to Nepali music, but people from my generation remember him for the genius he was, by Balaram Chaulagain (kp 10/08/2019)

Shanti Chaudhary: Poet-at-large, by Muna Gurung (nt 28/06/2019)

Lalitpur marks cultural institution Satya Mohan Joshi’s hundredth birthday: The three-time recipient of the Madan Puraskar remains one of  the last living doyens of Nepali culture and history, by Anup Ojha (kp 14/05/2019)

Remembering Parijat: As Nepali brand of Marxism is getting sclerosed beyond recognition, we need to remember and revisit Parijat and her works with even more urgency, by Mahesh K Maskey (rep 11/05/2019)

The man who burns the dead for a living: Chandra Dhakal has been cremating bodies at the Pashupati Aryaghat for more than 35 years. This is his story, by Anup Ojha (kp 23/03/2019)

Linguist, litterateur Pokharel dies at 86, by Madhav Ghimire and Binod Bhandari (kp 25/02/2019) [on the death of Bal Krishna Pokharel]

Happy 100th, Rastra Kavi!, by Abha Dhital (kp 24/09/2018) [on the 100th birthday of Madhav Prasad Ghimire]

The Hermit Painter: Celebrated painter and writer Manuj Babu Mishra joins the ranks of historical greats, by Rahul Dhakal (kp 11/08/2018)

Poet Ghimire taken ill (kp 22/05/2018) [on Madhav Prasad Ghimire], Poet Ghimire to have further treatment in Delhi (kp 23/05/2018)

Autobiography of Shangpa Rinpoche unveiled (ht 22/05/2018)

Sitar maestro Vaidya no more, by Kiran Lama (rep 02/04/2018) [on the death of Bijay Vaidya]

Indra Bahadur Rai: The lone mountain towering over Nepali literature (kp 08/03/2018), IB Rai’s final rites performed, by Parwat Portel (kp 09/03/2018)

Monk who blessed Everest climbers dies: Few would dare attempt to climb the fabled 8,848 metre peak without seeking his blessing (kp 15/02/2018)

A Solemn Tribute To Nepal Lovers, by Prem Khatry (rn 12/09/2017)

A personal tribute: Mary Slusser (1918 – 2017); Slusser was a pioneer whose works to this day stand as a stupendously rich and deep assessment of the Kathmandu Valley culture, by Dipesh Risal (kp 26/08/2017) [A version of this article, which also includes a complete bibliography of Mary Slusser, is available at], Kasthamandap and Mary: Slusser was deeply apprehensive about the impact of the 2015 earthquake on the Valley’s heritage, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 25/08/2017)

Missing a creative curator: We must complete the projects and plans that Dina Bangdel had for Nepal, by Kanak Mani Dixit (nt 28/07/2017), Farewell, Bird of Fire!, by Kurchi Dasgupta (kp 29/07/2017)

Elephant-back safaris stopped, by Nabin Poudel (kp 29/07/2017)

Sanskrit scholar Janardan Ghimire no more (ht 16/05/2017)

All the world’s a stage: Actor Bishnu Bhakta Phuyal always said he wanted an ‘ichhyamaran’—to die when he was performing—and that’s exactly what happened last Tuesday, by Timothy Aryal (kp 07/01/2017)

Kamal Mani Dixit (1929 - 2017): Kamal Mani Dixit was the closest Nepal came to having a Renaissance man, by Ashutosh Tiwari (nt 06/01/2017), Re-Reading Kamal Dixit the Essayist, by Pratyoush Onta (kp 07/01/2017)

Dixit, an archiver of Nepali literature, by Anup Ojha (kp 30/12/2016) [on the death of Kamal Mani Dixit]

Gurung’s health improves, in stable condition (kp 05/06/2016) [on Amber Gurung], Gurung’s condition deteriorates: Docs (kp 07/06/2016), A giant among composers passes away: With Amber Gurung’s death curtain falls on an era; Final rites performed with full state honours, by Sanjit Pradhananga (kp 08/06/2016), The passing of a maestro: Narrowing a genius’s oeuvre to promote self-serving nationalism undermines his complex contributions, by Pramod Mishra (kp 09/06/2016), Life is smiling: Till the end Amber Gurung’s heart still beat with the same deep love for the Nepali nation that had stirred us with Naulakha Tara, by Kunda Dixit (nt 10/06/2016), The making of Amber: While India lost a precious talent, Nepal gained by welcoming Gurung, by Binit Gurung (kp 19/06/2016)

Revered Buddhist leader Sherab Dorje no more (kp 31/05/2016)

Caravan Actor Thinley falls off cliff, dies (kp 25/04/2016), Fans mourn the passing away of Thinley: 'Nepal's first global star'; Thinley played the lead character in the 1999 adventure film, Caravan, directed by Eric Valli, by Timothy Aryal (kp 26/04/2016), Remembering Thinley, by Pramila Rai (rep 17/04/2016)

Musician Gurung returns home after treatment (kp 31/03/2016)

Tribhuvan University confers DLitt to poet Ghimire, Rai (ht 15/03/2016)

The yellow grandma: Dharmachari Guruma was among the first Theravada nuns in Nepal’s modern history, by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (kp 12/09/2015)

A scholar who defied learning convention (kp 22/08/2015) [on the death of Swami Prapannacharya]

Littérateur, staunch royalist Devkota passes away at 86 (kp 11/08/2015) [on the death of Rajeshwar Devkota]

Man of bronze: Bal Krishna Tuladhar is 80 years old but continues to do what he has always done—make statues, by Kamal Ratna Tuladhar (kp 13/06/2015)

A simple man, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 04/04/2015) [on Kesar Lall]

Yogi Naraharinath And Swami Prapannacharya Makers Of History, by Prem Khatry (rn 03/03/2015)

Ruprekha founder passes away (kp 25/02/2015) [on the death of Sriram Dev Bhattarai]

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