Uday Chandra Basistha passed away at the age of 91

Eminent Nepali litterateur Uday Chandra Basistha passed away at the age of 91 on February 12 at his residence in Tarpin, Rhenock Constituency, East Sikkim.

Uday Chandra Basistha passed away at the age of 91

Eminent Nepali litterateur Uday Chandra Basistha passed away at the age of 91 on February 12 at his residence in Tarpin, Rhenock Constituency, East Sikkim.

Late Basistha had been struggling with several health issues with multiple cardiac arrests since 2010. He also had dementia, owing to his age. For most of the last decade, he was bedridden.

He was a noted Nepali litterateur and Acharya of the Sanskrit language. He has multiple literary works to his credit in Nepali and Sanskrit but is most renowned for translating the Shrimad Bhagwat Maha Puran from Sanskrit to Nepali. He wrote many novels and poems, most of his literary works are included in the Nepali language syllabus in schools and even in colleges.

In the 1990’s, Late Basistha was conferred with Maitreyi Nepali sahitya Purashkar in Kathmandu by the then Queen of Nepal. He was also awarded the highest Nepali literature award in Sikkim – Bhanu Purashkar, for his contribution towards Nepali literature in 2006.

His funeral was carried out by his family on the riverbed of Rorathang in East Sikkim on February 13.