Madhav Prasad Ghimire

Madhav Prasad Ghimire (Nepali: माधव प्रसाद घिमिरे) (born September 23, 1919) is a Nepali poet. He is a poet of romantic tradition.[2] He is best known for Gauri,[3] Malati Mangale, Himal Pari Himal Wari, Aswathama, Rajheswari and Shakuntala. He was honoured as the Rashtra Kavi (Poet of nation) of Nepal.[4][5]

Madhav Prasad Ghimire
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Born (1919-09-23) September 23, 1919 (age 100)[1]
Pustun, Lamjung, Gandaki Zone, Nepal
OccupationPoet and Scholar
National poet and scholar Madhav Prasad Ghimire.

Early life and educationEdit

Ghimire was born on September 23, 1919 AD in a village named Pustun in Lamjung district of Nepal. His mother died when he was three years old. He learned to read at the age of six and learned the Panchanga from a man named Fulebaba at the age of eight or nine. He left his home at the age of eleven and went to Duredada village to study Sanskrit. Afterwards, he migrated to Kathmandu to study at Sanskrit Pradhan Pathshala and Tindhara Sanskrit Pathsala. He then left for India for his further studies and studied in Banaras for a time.[6][7]

Professional and later lifeEdit

He first published at the age of 14 in Gorkhapatra. His work was titled Gyanpuspa. He also worked as the co-editor of Gorkhapatra later in his life. After completing his studies from Banaras, he worked as a writer for Bhashanubad Parishad in 1998 BS (1941 AD) and as a co-editor at Gorkhapatra in 2001 BS (1944 AD). In 2008 BS (1951 AD), he returned to his home village and worked as a teacher for a brief period. In 2010 BS (1953 AD), he became a member of Kavya Pratisthan lead by Laxmi Prasad Devkota.[7] His most popular work is Gauri (1947), a lament on the loss his wife.[8] [9]

On 19 May 2016 he participated in Melancholy, a song intended to send an environmental message by breaking the Guinness World Record for "Most Vocal Solos in a Song Recording".[10][11][12]His 100th birthday was celebrated all over Nepal with various programs on September 23, 2018 AD.[13]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Subedi, Abhi (July 1, 1978). "Nepali Literature: Background & History". Sajha Prakashan – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "गाैरी [Gauri]".
  4. ^ "Madhav Ghimire: National Poet of Nepal". OhmyNews. 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2005.
  5. ^ "Madhav Prasad Ghimire". Archived from the original on 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
  6. ^ "Madhav Ghimire -- Nepali poet: The South Asian Literary Recordings Project (Library of Congress New Delhi Office)". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  7. ^ a b रौनियार, रुबी. "Nagarik News - महाविद्यावारिधि मुस्कान". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  8. ^ Hutt, Michael (July 1, 1993). "Himalayan Voices: An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature". Motilal Banarsidass Publishe – via Google Books.
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  10. ^ "Nepali house-hold names go for the Guinness World Records". Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  11. ^ Pandey, Shreedhar. "National poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire turns singer". My Republica. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Most vocal solos in a song recording". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  13. ^ Magazine, New Spolight. "Rastrakavi Ghimire Celebrates 100th Birthday". SpotlightNepal. Retrieved 2018-10-20.

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