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Jun 23, 1934


Taranath Sharma popular name Tana Sarma is a litterateur of Nepal.He is recognized as travel writer, essayist and literary critic.Sharma has authored over 112 books in Nepali language.He has been contributing the Nepali Literature for over five decades.Mr.Sharma has been awarded by various awards like Madan Puraskar Award 1969 for 'Belayat tira baralida' travelogue, Saajha Award 1972 for 'Sama ra samaka kriti' critic, and Aadi kabi Bhanubhakta award 2013.Taranath Sharma was born on 23 June 1934 in Barbote Ilam as the first child of Mr.Prajapati Upadhyay a social reformer.Quitting the Sanskrit education he continued his studies in the English school that was established by his father.He completed his school level studies at St Joseph's, Darjeeling.Sharma got PhD in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.While studying BA in Banaras, he initiated the 'Jharro Nepali' a literature movement with his friends.He has written his first work, Ojhel Parda, in 1966 inside jail while he was imprisoned for criticizing late King Mahendra's poem.His travelogue entitled 'Belaittira Baralinda' meaning Ramblings in and around Britain, which he wrote while he was doing his Post Graduate Diploma with English as second language in the University College of North Wales won the popular 'Madan Puraskar' award in 1969. Mr.Sharma has served as the editor in chief of The Rising Nepal English daily for some years after the restoration of democracy in Nepal.