The prestigious Nepali literary award, Madan Puraskar, has been awarded to novelist Rajan Mukarung for his novel Damini Bhir.
The recipients of this year's awards were announced three weeks earlier and the awards was handed over amid a ceremony in the capital on Monday.
Receiving the Madan Puraskar of 2069 BS, Mukarung said that all the characters of his novel 'Damini Bhir' were honored by the Madan Puraskar. Mukarung said that the major characters, sentiments of Lachchhi and Dhaule Kanchho, emotional attachment with Hangdima, Tyson's shop, courage of Navin and Nisan and experiences of Namdengh were the reasons he won the prize.
The Jagadamba-Shree Purasakar was also awarded to poet Ratna Shumsher Thapa. Accepting the award winner Thapa shared his poetic journey, adding that he was inspired to write in social issues after his preliminary creations were appreciated by the readers. Thapa said literature with honesty would always get affection and could help in social reforms.
Both the awards hold a cash prize of Rs 200,000.