Writer Haiman Das Rai Kirat dies aged 101

Writer Haiman Das Rai Kirat dies aged 101
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

PRASHANT ACHARYA

SILIGURI,: Noted Nepali writer Haiman Das Rai Kirat breathed his last Sunat at his residence at Gorubathan, Dooars. He was 101.
The legendary author, one of the architects of modern Nepali story-telling tradition, used to work silently till his last phase of life. He never boasted his own works and achievements. He never wanted to come to limelight, though he was a grand personality in Nepali literature.
“The beauty keeps on multiplying as one grows older. You might be watching my elongated life. You might also describe me as a log waiting for the last day of life. Instead, what I assume is the journey is approaching toward more systematic climax,” the centenarian had expressed his philosophy on life.
A recipient of the prestigious ‘Sahitya Akademi Award’ for his compilation of short stories ‘Kehi Namileka Rekhaharu’ in 2008, ‘Nai International Award’ in 2018 and ‘Chandrika Puraskar’, Rai is among the most illustrious Nepali writers, and perhaps the most humble.  He never let his success get to his head and always remained grounded.
Kirat believed in promoting best authors, instead of branding himself. He was a teacher by profession. He pioneered in publication of Nepali books by starting Navyug Nepali Pustak Mandir. The masterpiece novel of Nepali literature ‘Aaja Ramita Cha’ penned by legendary story-teller Indra Bahadur Rai was firstly published by him. Another legendary writer, who died at an early age, Achha Rai Rasik, gained popularity through his work ‘Dobhaan’, which was also published by his publication house.
Kirat was a born storyteller. His first-ever published work, ‘Surbir’, was featured by the then sought-after Kathmandu literary magazine ‘Sharada’. Kirat is regarded by the critiques as social realist and romantic storyteller. His stories are mostly based on regional lives of the downtrodden, exploited, marginal people. He depicts their saga of struggle in the most vivid, lucid and interesting way. His stories tell of the “endless hardship” and the “romantic struggle” for livelihood of village life.   
Noted critique Rajkumar Chettri writes about Kirat: “Most of the plots of Kirat are the society that we live in. He picks up the ethnic social elements in his writing. His village stories have revolved around the social traditions, rituals, myths, folk beliefs, and values of soil.”
Kirat is also known to go rebel against the social-racial-gender discrimination, the social taboos and superstition.  
The published 10 short story anthologies penned by Kirat are: Chaukidar (1953), Abhaginiko Sathi (1955), Binayo (1956), Bijay (1965), Batuwa (1957), Aandhibehri (1961), Pankhee (2000), Taha Namileka Rekhaharoo-1  (2006), Taha Namileka Rekhaharoo-2 (2007), Hiking (2010).
The demised of the legend writer was condoled by one and all. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in her condolence message, termed Rai’s demiase as an “irreparable loss to the world of Nepali literature.”
GTA BoA chairman Anit Thapa along with fugitive GJM leader Bimal Gurung have also send condolence message to the family members.  

Sikkim CM mourns demise
GANGTOK, July 15: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) has conveyed his condolences to the family of late Hymandas Kirat, on his demise. “He was a great laureate of Nepali literature, poet, author and critic who left for the heavenly abode leaving behind legacy on literature,” said Golay.
In the condolence message, Golay states that it is indeed a very painful moment for all of us and let our prayers lend courage to the bereaved family to bear the pain of this great loss.

 


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