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Veteran musician Amber Gurung dies at 79

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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).

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Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari

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GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.

He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.

Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.

The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.

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