Litterateur Dr Banira Giri. (Screengrab)
KATHMANDU: Litterateur Dr Banira Giri succumbed to COVID-19 Sunday night.
Dr Giri, who was also a chronic patient of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, breathed her last in half an hour after she was admitted to Baneshwor-based Civil Hospital on Sunday night.
Born in Kurseong of Darjeeling in India on March 15, 1946, Giri moved to Kathmandu in the 60s to pursue a Master’s degree.
Thereafter, she taught in Padma Kanya College while pursuing her further studies. She received Ph.D. degree in 1985. The thesis in Ph.D. research was centered on the books of noted litterateur Gopal Prasad Rimal.
Dr Giri has conferred the title of ‘Nepali Sahityaka Biswa Nari Ratna’ in 2014 and was taken around for a ‘rath yatra (chariot procession as a show of honor) that had commenced in the presence of erstwhile Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
Dr Giri has authored 14 books and numerous literary creations such as poems, essays, and novels to her credit.
Her literary creations have been translated into various languages across the world. Furthermore, Dr Narendra Prasai has penned a biography titled ‘Biswa Nari Ratna Banira Giri’ which offers glimpses of the life and times of the noted female littérateur in the country.
Late Giri is survived by her spouse, one daughter, and one son. A foundation was established after her name in 2076 BS which has extended tributes to late Giri and condolences to the bereaved family. RSS