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Bimala Tumkhewa in Kalimpong on Saturday.
Moved by Tumkhewa’s recitation Kalimpong based popular poet Manoj Bogati commented, “Many actually entitled Tumkhewa as a poet of love. Several portrayed her as a poet of softness and humbleness, while others saw her as poet of pain. But she in fact is a poet of a lay man.” Tumkhewa earned a bulk of praise from several other poets present in the function.
Praising her poet Samsher Ali said, “We rarely had had an opportunity to witness poems addressing with love the aspects of life.”
Another emerging poet and program coordinator Pradip Lohagun opined the field of poem in Nepali literature has achieved a new height after the mass movement in Nepal. He said Tumkhewa’s poems have stirred the Indian Nepali poets to strive for higher levels.
While Tumkhewa recited poems in the first segment of the function today, the second segment saw recitations by emergent poets of Darjeeling. Darjeeling based emerging poets Nima Sherpa, Bhupendra Subba, Pradip Lohagun, Lekhnath Chettri, Tika Bhai, Chewang Yonzon and many others recited their poems to the audience. Prominent poet from Kalimpong Sanumati Rai and Saptashree Gyanpith Director Tapan Pradhan jointly honoured poet Tumkhewa by handing over a memento and a commendation certificate.