KATHMANDU, June 7: The last rites of senior musician, Ambar Gurung, will take place as per the Hindu and Buddhist rituals.
Gurung died early this morning while undergoing treatment at Grande International Hospital.
Gurung's mortal remains will be kept at the Nepal Academy till 3:00 pm for last tribute, his son, Raju Gurung said.
Raju told the National News Agency (RSS) that his father's last rites will be performed at the Pashupati Aryaghat as per the rituals of both the religions.
Gurung was suffering from diabetes, high-blood pressure and Parkinson's disease since long and was undergoing treatment at the Grande Hospital for the past one week.
Born on February 25, 1938 in Darjeeling, Gurung was not only a music composer but also well-known singer and lyricist. He recorded his first song 'Nau Lakh Tara Udaaye' in Kolkata, India in 2018 BS. He also worked as Music Director at the Nepal Academy from 2026 BS and honoured with Gorkha Dakshina Bahu in 2027 BS.
He has composed music for Nepali films including 'Mero Desh' Sapana Katipaye', 'Man Ko Bandh' and 'Jeevan Rekha', said Prakash Sayami, a poet and film director.
Gurung has composed over 1,000 songs including 'Rato Ra Chandra Surya', 'Nau Lakh Tara Udaaye' and 'Ma Amber Hun, Timi Dharti'. He served as the first Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Music and Drama. RSS