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Monthly Program June 2018

DSRC organized its monthly program on Saturday, Jestha 26, 2075 at IACER. Shiva Raj Pant presented his initiation paper on Laxmi Prasad Devkota’s Rajkumar Prabhakar. In his paper, he mainly highlighted poet Devkota’s idea of readership expressed in Prabhakar. He even linked this idea with the view of readership expressed by Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. Prof. Hriseekesh Upadhyay drew similarity between Prince Prabhakar and Prince Siddhartha. According to Upadhyay, reading must have enraptured Prabhakar more than material pleasures provided to him in the Palace. Prof. Durga Aryal inquired if Prabhakar was a mythical character. Prof. Padma Devkota observed that Rajkumar Prabhakar tells the story of a child who is being initiated towards reading after shedding the veil of Maya. Prof. Shreedhar Lohani asked the audience to read Rajkumar Prabhakar as a fairy tale just like The Arabian Nights. He recalled that poet Devkota used to repeat two poetic lines from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women: “I slept, and dreamed that life was beauty;/ I woke, and found that life was duty.” Prof. Lohani also observed that Rajkumar Prabhakar is a well-developed story in verse following the pattern of exposition-complication-rising action-crisis-climax-falling action-resolution. Other speakers on the program were Binod Devkota, Dr. Dhruba Karki, Sarbagya Kafle and Tara Adhikari.