KATHMANDU — Legendary musician and the composer of Nepal’s National anthem, Amber Gurung, passed away at the Grande International Hospital in Dhapasi, in early Tuesday morning. He was 79.
The Grande International Hospital, where Gurung was being treated, confirmed in a statement. Gurung had long been suffering from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
According to a statement released by the Hospital Gurung, veteran lyricist, composer and singer breathed his last at 2:37 this morning.
Gurung was undergoing treatment at the ICU unit of the hospital for past 9 days.
Gurung’s health condition had deteriorated since Monday morning. He was admitted at the hospital since May 30 after complications in his food pipe was experienced.
Gurung, who underwent treatment in Gurgaon-based Medanta Hospital for tumour on his food pipe some months ago, was rushed to the hospital after obstruction in the food pipe last week.
Gurung had composed, along with the National Anthem Sayaun Thunga Fulka Hami, more than a 1,000 songs, including the era-defining numbers Nau Lakhe Tara and Rato Ra Chandra Surya.
Born (in 1938) and raised in Darjeeling, India, Gurung also authored three books of lyrics and memoirs —Samaalera Raakha (1969), Akcharkaa Awajharu (2003), and an anthology of essays and memoirs, Kahaa Gae Ti Dinharu(2006).
Gurung is survived by his wife, three sons (Kishor, Raju and Sharad) and one daughter (Alka).
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.