By Our Reporter
Dorit Silverman and SmadarShir, prominent Israeli writers, as a part of their tour to South Asia, visited Kathmandu from 18-22 February. The visit was aimed at sharing their experiences and inspiring young writers as well as explore and widen the literary visions. During their stay in Nepal, the duo interacted and conducted workshops for the young writing enthusiasts of Rato Bangala, Budhanilkantha, Pragya Kunja and Kanjirowa schools. They held separate workshops for the children of different grades. The schools expressed their positivity about their students being able to take advantage from the workshops and improve their literary writings.
Apart from workshops with the young creative minds, the authors met the Chancellor of Nepal Academy and discussed about the possible future cooperation including translation of selected exemplary literary works into both languages. Such translated works will provide a platform show cultural values and lifestyles of both the countries. Likewise, an interaction with Literary Association of Nepalwas held to discuss ‘the trends and generations in Hebrew Literature’ to give the glimpses of the development of the literature in Hebrew. The writers also had a change to meet the prominent Nepali writer Dr. Tulasi Diwas and discuss about the Nepali literature.
Israeli ambassador Benny Omer, who had accompanied the writers for the meetings expressed his optimism about the Israeli writers’ visit, ‘this visit aims at strengthening cultural ties between our two countries and open avenues for cultural exchanges’.
The Embassy has hoped that visits of this kind and interactions will help the literary world of the two countries to come together, learn from each other and further help strengthening relationships at grass root levels.