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Satya Mohan Joshi -The Nepali writer and scholar

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The local government in Lalitpur city has announced a public holiday on Monday (Baishak 30, 2076) on the occasion of the 99th birthday of culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi. Satya Mohan Joshi is the Nepali writer and scholar. He is famous for his research on the history and culture of Nepal. He also worked as the chancellor of Nepal Bhasa Academy. Before his 100th birthday next year, the city will translate his books and takes initiatives to publish a postal stamp.


Father: Shankar Raj

Mother:  Rajkumari Joshi

Spouse: Radha Devi

Hometown: Lalitpur District, Nepal

Education: BA

Award: Madan Puraskar – 3 times (1956, 1960, and 1970) Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu

Early Life

Satyamohan was born in 1920 to Shankar Raj and Rajkumari Joshi, in Lalitpur district of Nepal. Having learned his alphabets at home, he later enrolled at Durbar High School in Kathmandu. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Trichandra College. During his college days, Joshi used to find his recreation in local love songs sung at Rodhi Ghars, the singing clubs in the eastern part of Nepal. Joshi served in government department before he moved to China, following a political change in 1960, where he spent almost five years teaching Nepali at the Peking Broadcasting Institute.


Joshi became the first director of the Archaeological and Cultural Department in 1959 and immediately established the Rashtriya Naachghar National Theatre in Kathmandu. Despite his expertise in various fields, Joshi has a special place for folk culture in his career. Joshi terms Gopal Prasad Risal role as vital in driving his focus towards folk culture, which made him come out with the award-winning work, Hamro Lok Sanskriti.  Joshi did research on Arniko a genius sculpture of Malla period, who migrated to China in early 1260 AD, which later helped him in setting up the Araniko White Dagoba Gallery in Kirtipur.


1956 Madan Puraskar

1960 Madan Puraskar

1970 Madan Puraskar

Order of Gorkha Dakshina Bahu

“Litterateur of the Century” Title 2074, Bhadra 7