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Annual Program of Shankar Lamichhane Academy

Shankar Lamichhane was a Nepalese writer who introduced stream-of-consciousness into Nepalese literature. Shankar Lamichhane Academy was established in his honour. The main objective of the academy is to uplift the Nepali literature. 

Daya foundation provides annual support to the academy to uplift the Nepali literature and conserve our culture. 

On the 41st death anniversary of Late Shankar Lamichhane (on 18th March, 2017), Shankar Lamichhane Academy organized annual program to honor his deeds and few of the Nepalese writers. Daya foundation staffs attended the program and provided financial support to the academy representing Daya Foundation.

Some of the Popular quotes by Late Shankar Lamichhane:

“My life is an abstract life. I am avoiding it everyday and it’s avoiding me everyday.”

“Literature cannot be reality in a same way as literature cannot be idealistic.” 

“I am helpless because I achieved popularity more than what I actually am.” 

“I am not a man of the present. I am a man who is yet to be born, a thousand years from today. And in that distant future, these limitations of nationality, religion, faith and politics will no longer exist.”

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Book Launch of “Anubhav ra Anubhuti” by Dayaram Bhakta Mathema

A book by late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema, “Anubhav ra Anubhuti- Jeeva Yatra ka Etihasik Mod” was launched on Friday August 12, 2016 by Mr. Himalaya Shumsher J.B. Rana ,the well known civil society leader and the first governor of Nepal Rastra Bank-Central Bank of Nepal and Mr Satya Mohan Joshi ,a renowned littérateur and senior culture expert, Present among the guests were Dr. Safalya Amatya, renowned historian and Mr. Kedar Bhakta Mathema, previous Vice Chancellor of Tribhuwan University.

Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema’s book weaves the history of Nepal through political accounts of the autocratic Rana regime and the first movement of democracy of 2007 B.S (1951 A.D). This was prior to King Tribhuvan’s decision to take asylum in the Indian Embassy with his royal entourage. Mathema was in the palace service and worked as secretary. He was a close confidant to King Tribhuwan and King Mahendra and also served as one of the chief advisors. “Anubhav ra Anubhuti” a memoir, is a sincere illustration of the political and personal facts and events based on his real life experience. The book proves to be an achievement in Nepalese literature and a personal narration. This book undoubtedly is a priceless possession for historians and researchers who seek to know more about that period of Nepal.

The book is a memoir by Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema who was a visionary, a patriot and philanthropist of Nepal. His memoir portrays valuable insights into the history of Nepal (2001 B.S– 2018 B.S), a period when he served in the court of Rana prime ministers and Shah Kings. This book is produced by Daya Foundation, an organization founded in the name of late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema. This Foundation works in the field of education, health and culture for the promotion of the well being of the people of Nepal.

“Anubhav Ra Anubhuti” by Dayaram Bhakta Mathema

Book Launch-Friday, August 12, 2016

"Anubhav Ra Anubhuti - Jeevan Yatra ka Etihasik Mode", by Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema (1926 - 2008) is published by Daya Foundation. This book is a memoir of Dayaram Bhakta Mathema, who served in the royal palace as the private secretary to King Tribhuvan, and later to King Mahendra, during a crucial period in Nepal's history.

The book gives an account of the early life of Mathema, who was born in an illustrious Newar family with a long history of serving as courtiers and high officials in the court of the Rana prime ministers. It talks about his early upbringing and his attempt to study abroad. This is followed by his humble beginnings in the service of the royal palace and his rise to the position of private secretary and confidante to King Tribhuvan. The book ends with his entrepreneurial activities after his retirement.

The period in which Mathema served King Tribhuvan was a difficult time in Nepal's history, during the first movement of democracy in 2007 B.S. (1951 A.D.). The power of the state was concentrated in the hands of the Rana prime ministers while the Shah Kings were only figure heads. It was also a time when few educated people had organized political parties or were active in campaigns against the Ranas. It was then that Mathema played an important role as a liaison between King Tribhuvan, who was virtually a prisoner in his own palace, and the Nepali Congress leaders living in India and incognito in Kathmandu. It was a risky job since anyone who was caught helping the political parties were sure to be put into prison, if not put to death on charges of treason. Mathema's own close relative and mentor, Dharma Bhakta, was executed by the Ranas in 1941 on charges of conspiring against them.

In November 1950, King Tribhuvan and his family flew to India and took asylum there. Mathema continued to assist the king during his stay in Delhi. The king's sudden departure from Kathmandu and increased political pressure led by the Nepali Congress rebel forces made the Ranas ultimately give in and brought an end to their regime. King Tribhuvan returned to a hero's welcome in Kathmandu on February 1951. His reign after the overthrow of the Ranas was however short-lived and he died in 1955. When King Tribhuvan was succeeded by his eldest son, King Mahendra, Mathema continued to serve the new king in various capacities. In the year 1961 he was made to retire when he voiced his opinion for Nepal's democracy.

After his retirement Mathema directed his attention to the education of his son and daughters. He also focused his energy in promoting the private business sector of Nepal, and played a pivotal role in opening the first foreign bank in the country. Along with his success in business Mathema also put his efforts into the restoration and promotion of the cultural heritage of Kathmandu.

Mathema's memoir takes us back to the era of the Rana regime and Nepal's monarchy while unfolding certain unknown facts connecting the events of that period. It proves to be a unique narration and is an achievement in Nepali literature. The book is undoubtedly a priceless possession for historians and researchers who seek to know more about this significant period in Nepal's history.

Late Dayaram Bhakta Mathema was a philanthropist and visionary who believed in the essence of humanitarian actions. Daya Foundation, a non-profit initiative, has been established in his vision to uplift the education, health, and culture of the country.