Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, June 17
Padri Ganga Prasad Smriti Pratisthan (PGPSM) will be organising a program on 5th July in Manan Kendra in the capital marking the birth anniversary of Writer Ganga Prasad Pradhan, the first journalist in Nepali language.
This was informed in a press conference in the capital today.
Recalling the great contribution of Late Ganga Prasad Pradhan, PM Pradhan, President stated that giving one of the greatest contribution to Nepali language in India, he stated that original language spoken by the Indian Nepali community is found in his writings.
He added that his GorkhayKhabarKagat newspaper which run from 1901 to 1931 is the oldest Nepali paper in the country.
Padri Ganga Prasad, as he is popularly known is the first person to translate the Bible into Nepali language making him a special writer in Christian faith and spirituality as a whole.
Bhim Rawat, General Secretary, stated that just like Adikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya who translated the Ramayana into Nepali similarly Padri Ganga prasad translated Bible into Nepali.
“His work is for the Nepali language and is not related to just one religion,” he added.
The program would see participation of all churches of Sikkim along with Chief Minister PS Golay as the chief guest.
Five individuals Himon Rai, Prabal Pathak, YacubKhaling and Chandralekha Gurung will be felicitated in the program for their services in different feilds.
Saint Joseph Convent, Martam will also be honored for contribution in education.
Based out of Darjeeling, Padri Ganga Prasad also started first printing press there.
Organisers also stated that the organisation has plans to help youths interested in the field of Journalism in future.
Advisor Kiran Rasaily has urged people from all communities to actively take part in his birth anniversary which would include programs and talks on the literary giant.
“We cannot forget our history,” he said.
Among his achievements include first book on “ukhaans” and numerous religious and secular writings in Nepali language.
He was born in 1851 and died on 1932 leaving behind a treasure of vast literature including writings for children.
Kashiraj Pradhan, known as the father of Sikkimese journalism is also related to Padri Ganga Prasad.
The birthday of Padri Ganga Prasad is on 4th July but it is being marked on 5th by the organisation.