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Gajalul Ankhai Chhopne
by Norden Tenzing & The Himalayan Band
CATCH-UP: Norden Tenzing Bhutia (1950 to 2019) was a Nepalese musician and composer. Norden Tenzing Bhutia was born in Kolkota, India, on January 21st 1950, but raised in Kurseong, West Bengal, as a Nepalese national. He joined the British Army in 1971 and, after serving as a Gurkha soldier in HM Armed Forces, settled in Aldershot, England, where he started his own business. He had begun his music career after joining the Army, where he met like-minded Nepalese musicians and formed 'The Himalayan Band' in the 1970s (for whom he played guitar and sang vocals, and with whom he is featured here). Not only did Bhutia compose his own songs, both with the group and also as a solo artist, but he also performed some iconic traditionally-based Nepali songs including "Musu Musu Hasi Deu", "Gajalul Ankhai Chhopne" (featured here) and "Kaha Timro Mayalu Lai". He was widely-credited with transforming Nepali music and heralding a change in musical taste and content, and was one of the pioneers who introduced 'rock', pop and 'blues' to Nepali mainstream music. Norden Tenzing Bhutia died from the effects of throat cancer in Aldershot on August 4th 2019, aged 69. He is survived by his wife and three children. http://www.southasiatime.com/2019/08/07/veteran-singer-of-himalayan-band-norden-tenzing-passes-away-in-london/
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norden_Tenzing_Bhutia - http://myrepublica.nagariknetwork.com/mycity/news/veteran-musician-norden-tenzing-passes-away
Posted: 22nd September 2019
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