Durga Lal Shrestha, born in 1936 into a lower middle class family in Kathmandu, is one of Nepal’s leading poets and lyricists. Writing primarily in his mother tongue, Nepal Bhasa, the ancestral language of the Kathmandu Valley, he is the author of over fifty books, including poems, plays, essays and children’s verse used for mother-tongue education. More recently, he has also received wide acclaim for his poems and songs written in Nepali. Collections of his poems have been translated into English, Japanese and Korean.
Not coincidentally, many of his poems are in meters linked to musical forms. Although he has written primarily in Nepal Bhasa, his poems and songs in Nepali have made him a household name; his Nepali song phulko ā̐khāmā holds the distinction of being the most popular hit song ever in Nepal.
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Shrestha, Durga Lal and Hargreaves, David
HIMALAYA, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 37
, Article 20.
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