| November 14, 2018

Adieu Amber

Music maestro Ambar Gurung breathed his last at 2:37 AM on Tuesday in Grande Hospital in Dhapasi where he was being treated for the last one week.
At Nepal Academy on Tuesday afternoon, famly members, friends, well wishers and members of Music Composers Association Nepal paid tribute to Gurung by giving a soulful rendition of 'Rato Ra Chandra Surya'.
Veteran musician Gurung was cremated at Pashupati Aryaghat with national honors on Tuesday evening. Gurung's eldest son Kishor Gurung lit the funeral pyre as a contingent of Nepal Army personnel presented a guard of honor in his respect.
He was brought to the hospital on May 30 when there was an obstruction in his food pipe.
Hailing from Darjeeling where he was born on February 26 in 1937, 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.
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