Veteran musician and Nepal’s national anthem composer Amber Gurung has passed away at the age of 79 on early Tuesday morning.
According to a statement released by Grande International Hospital, Gurung,father of Nepali modern music, breathed his last at arround 2:37 this morning.
KATHMANDU, June 7: Veteran musician and Nepal’s national anthem composer Amber Gurung has passed away at age of 79 on early Tuesday morning.
The doctors attending him at the Grande International Hospital, where Gurung was being treated, declared him dead at 2:37 this morning.
Gurung was undergoing treatment at the ICU unit ofthe hospital for past 9 days.
Legendary musician 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 experianced.
Gurung’s condition had become serious after food got stuck to an implant in his food pipe, which was installed after a tumour was removed during treatment in New Delhi few months ago.
Earlier two months ago, the legendary composer including of Nepali national anthem, lyricist and singer Gurung spent more than a month in New Delhi-based Medanta Hospital after suffering from diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
Gurung is one of the giants of his field, many taking him as the father of modern Nepali music. He was a composer, vocalist and lyricist whose songs are so well loved even today, decades after he first sang them. Songs such as ‘Naulakha Tara Udaaye,’ ‘Rato Ra Chandra Surya,’ and ‘Eh Kancha’ continue to inspire artistes and music lovers to this day.
Born in Darjeeling on February 26, 1938, he moved to Nepal in 1969 at the invitation of King Mahendra to lead the music department at the Nepal Academy of Arts and Literature. His career has spanned six decades and he has sung and composed more than a 1,000 songs, including for Nepali opera such as ‘Malati Mangale’ and ‘Muna Madan’. His compositions have been vocalized by stalwarts of the industry including Phatteman and Aruna Lama.
Gurung has numerous awards to his credit. In 2011, the Nepal Army made him an honorary colonel in recognition of his contribution to the official army song, ‘Rato Ra Chandra Surya.’
Most notably, it’s his composition for the new national anthem ‘Sayaun Thunga Phoolka’ in 2007 that has brought him and his work closer to the younger generation. Poet Byakul Maila, who penned the anthem, says he visited Gurung in Delhi a few days before the musician returned to Nepal in March.
Gurung had been suffering from various ailments including Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Back in March, the government decided to bear all his medical expenses.