KATHMANDU — Veteran musician Amber Gurung was cremated with state honors as per the Hindu and Buddhist rituals at the Pashupati Aryaghat on Tuesday.
Gurung’s eldest son Kishor Gurung offered the funeral pyre as a troop of Nepal Army offered a guard of honor in his respect.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Bhim Rawal reached Pashupatinath area and draped the national flag over Gurung’s body. A contingent of the Nepal Army offered a final salute.
Earlier, Gurung’s body procession began from the hospital at 9:55 am today. His body was kept on the premises of Academy Hall in Kamladi until 3 pm before taking it to Pashupati for cremation.
Along with the National Anthem ‘Sayaun Thunga Fulka Hami’, Gurung had composed more than a 1,000 songs, including the era-defining numbers Nau Lakhe Tara and Rato Ra Chandra Surya. Gurung was also a lyricist and singer.
Gurung was the founding vice chancellor of Nepal Academy of Music and Drama.
Gurung, 79, had long been suffering from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
After undergoing a treatment at the Medanta Hospital in New Delhi, Gurung had returned to Nepal on March 30 this year, before being admitted to the Grande International Hospital, Dhapasi on May 30.Follow @gorkhapost
CCTV cameras lying idle
BETRAWATI— The CCTV cameras installed at main market area and road side of Bidur Municipality in Nuwakot are lying idle.
As many as 25 sets of CCTV which were installed on the initiative of Nuwakot Chamber of Commerce and Industry are now dysfunctional.
The cameras were set up at the cost of Rs 3.5 million. The concerned side has not paid any attention to repair the cameras in the public which were helpful in maintaining security in the areas.
Right now almost all the CCTVs installed in the public places are not in functioning condition, said Basanta Kunwar, Superintendant of Police.
The cameras were installed a year ago in collaboration among the Nuwakot District Development Committee, Bidur Municipality, different banks and financial institutions.Follow @gorkhapost