Narayan Gopal Guruwacharya (Gurbacharya) is by far the most prominent and popular singer in Nepali music. Narayan Gopal is the name that comes first when people think of or talk about Nepali music. Although many recognize him as a singer, he was also an accomplished music composer. His voice range allowed him to sing songs of every genre, often richly orchestrated with sitar, harmonium and flute.
This website is dedicated to Narayan Gopal. To make this website complete, biographies of other artists who had worked with Narayan Gopal are also being added. Here is the biography of legendary singer Aruna Lama:
BIOGRAPHY OF ARUNA LAMA
Personal Date of birth: 9th September 1945
Place of birth: Darjeeling,India.
Spouse/ Partner: Sharan Pradhan
Father Name: Surya Bahadur Lama
Mothers Name: Sanmaya Lama
Education : Mungpoo Primary School, Jalapahar, St Teresa’s 1956. Completed Graduation in Arts from Darjeeling Govt. College
Occupation : Worked as Assistant Teacher in St Alphonsus (1965),Worked as Inspector of The Scheduled Castes and Tribes Welfare till 1997
Achievements/Awards : Sangit Puraskar (1966) Sur Sringar Sammelan Puraskar (1966) Mitrasen Puraskar (Asam Nepali Sahitya /Sanskritik Parisha,Dibrugarh (1975) Dishari Puraskar (Kolkata 1980) Bhanu Academy Puraskar (Darjeeling 1982) Nepali Chalchitra Puraskar (Maiti Ghar 1983) Chinnlata Gett Puraskar (Kathmandu-Nepal 1992) Urvashi Rang Puraskar (Kathmandu-Nepal 1992) Mitrasen Sangeet Puraskar (Gangtok-Sikkim 1995) Gorkha Dakshin Bahu 4th (Kathmandu-Nepal 1996) Sadhna Puraskar (Kathmandu-Nepal) Nightingale of the Hills-Hindustan Recording Sangsthan-Kolkata Swar Kinnari-Sitaram Sahitya Pratisthan ,(Kathmandu-Nepal) Swar Samagri-Arunanjali Programme(Kathmandu-Nepal) Accolades and Programmes : Raag Rajat(Rajat Jayanti) Gorkha Rangamanch - Darjeeling 1981 Arunanjali- Pragya Bhawan-Kathmandu-Nepal Aruna Lama Swarnim Saanjh-Pragya Bhawan-Kathmandu-Nepal Biography of Aruna Lama
Aruna Lama was one of the most renowned and talented singers of Nepal. Because of her popularity and her voice, she is also known as “Swar Samraagi”. She is most popular for her sentimental songs than romantic ones. She has chosen songs that touch the heart and help the listener reflect on their sorrow. Like her songs, Aruna Lama's own life was full of sorrow and mishaps.
Early life of Aruna Lama:
Aruna Lama was born a daughter of Surya Bahadur Lama and Sanmaya. She was born on September 9, 1945 (2002, Bhadra 24 B.S) in Darjeeling, India. Because of her voice, she became quite popular in the in the locality. She charmed her listeners and soon she became known as the Nightingale of the Hills.
Aruna was inspired by her uncle CB Lama to start singing in her early life. She started singing at the early age of seven. She won a Music Competition organized by the Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sangh in the year 1956 at the age of 11. Later, renowned singer Ambar Gurung groomed her from 1958.
Middle Life of Aruna Lama:
Aruna Lama got married in her teens to Saran Pradhan a musician, lyricist and composer. After getting married on on 9th July, 1963 she became so busy with her married life. She had little time to devote to singing. Musicians and artists requested Aruna to get back into singing. She sang to the music composition by Karma Yonzon, Gopal Yonzon, Ambar Gurung , Shanti Thatal, Narayan Gopal, Mani Kamal Chettri, Dibya Khaling and others. Soon se became one of the most sought after female singers of all time.
But, at the midnight of 1974 May-4th she lost her beloved husband. She was left alone to to support herself and her two children. She struggled through the difficulties in her life. She started to work at the Chit fund from where she soon found work at The Scheduled Castes and Tribes Welfare Office. She served the office till the end of her life in 1998.
Being a strong willed person, Aruna Lama continued her musical journey along with her job.
Later Life of Aruna Lama:
Aruna Lama passed away on the 4th February, 1998. Although she is no longer with us, her voice lives on and her memories remains in the hearts of the Nepalese people.
This is a report about a rare interview of Narayan Gopal and his biography. It has already been almost 30 years since the death of the legendary singer. The video also features artists at the time of last goodbye of the singer.
You can see how young the popular artists were at the time. Noted artists include Madan Krishan Shrestha, Hari Bamsha Acharya, Nir Shah, Suryamala Sharma and others.