Young Nepali poet Amar Akaash’s first collection of poems, Tungana, has been released at the Kathmandu Public Library on Sunday.
The event was chaired by senior poet Shailendra Sakar. Shreejana Bhandari, Director of White Lotus Book Shop, senior poet Hari Adhikari, Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma and literary journalist and critic Rajkumar Baniya were among attendees.
The program facilitated by well-known poet and journalist, Shyam Rimal began with Amar Akash reciting two of his famous poems ‘Jhalkaman Gandharva’ and ‘Messiah Puppy’.
Rajkumar Baniya pointed out that Amar Akash’s poems were fresh and original, full of vivid images and soaked in the heritage of Kathmandu’s people’s cultural heritage. At the same time, the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma called Amar the true successor of great Nepali poet, Gopal Prasad Rimal and said that a new star has emerged on the horizon of the Nepali literature.
Hari Adhikari said that he was delighted to read Amar’s poetry and saw a strong possibility of more powerful works coming from the poet in the coming years.
Shailendra Sakar mentioned Amar as a strong and talented young poet who wrote poems in accordance with aesthetics of Kathya Kayakalp (Content Metamorphosis), a literary movement that he initiated with his fellow poet Yuyutsu Sharma a few decades ago.
On the occasion, librarian Jujubhai Dangol, also shed light on the history and literary activities of the public library.
The book is available in bookstores in Kathmandu along with online platforms such as Amazon, Daraz, and Flipkart for readers worldwide, said Shreejana Bhandari.