Darjeeling Edit-a-thon : Literary Personalities
USHA KIRAN SATYADARSHI
Usha Kiran ‘Satyadarshi’, philanthropist , artist ,literary figure and actor was born on November 14 in 1967 to Late S.D. Rai and Late Dil Kumari Rai in Darjeeling. She achieved her master’s degree in Nepali. She is a news reader for All India Radio (AIR) , Kurseong and a former dialogue writer in Uttarbanga TV Channel. Her two major works include – “Suryadarsh (collection of poems) and Muktibodh (collection of dramas).
Her list of awards include ANTAR RASHTRIYA SRIJAN SAMMAN from Siddharth Tathgatkala Sahitya Sansthan in Uttar Pardesh for her contributions in the field of Hindi Literature. She also received an award from ALL INDIA RADIO AND TELEVISION ENGINEERING’ ASSOCIATION. She has also received an award from BARISTA NAGARIK SEWA SAMIT , KURSONG and also from the FOREST DEPARTMENT, KURSEONG and KIRATI KHAMBU ,KURSEONG.
She has also participated in many poetry recitations such as “PURVOTTARI”, organized by Sahitya Akademi and Kendriya Hindi Sansthan. She also participated in recitations held by Himmat Khanda Kala Sahitya Sammilan which was held in Kathmandu and a recitation held by Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Mahotsavat Agortala in Tripura. She also participated in recitations held by Utkal Sahitya Mahotsav at Bhubaneswar in Orissa, at the Centenary Sammelan of Hari Prasad Gorkha Rai in Guwahat and participated in Pokhara Antrarashtriya Kavya Sangam. She also recited poetry and delivered a talk in Antar Rashtriya Nepali Sahitya Sammelan in Kolkata.
As a philanthropist and social activist she has done more than a dozen dramas with All India Radio in Kurseong. She has also performed five stage plays for schools and in colleges.
She also runs her Youtube channel, where her poem ‘Dorjeeling dekhi Darjeeling samma – Ek Britachitra’ in particular has garnered an enthusiastic response. She is also an active participant in public forums for the benefit of society. She believes that reading Nepali Literature needs to be emphasized upon even more and so she works for the growth of Nepali Literature.
Her Thoughts on Writing and Her Inspiration
“Writers do not exist outside the society. We must live in the society and chronicle the struggles, faults, highs and lows of the society, putting forward the message for the benefit of the society. Writers must be far-sighted as we should be able to predict the path that lies ahead of society. Students must be focused on as they are the future of the nation. Thus, I go to different schools and colleges and talk about poetry, drama, debate, Rj-ing and other literary pursuits as well as the importance of our language and culture and the need to maintain an interest and retain knowledge of it. I conduct workshops and talks to reach the youth. “