Arun Thapa (1954-1999) was a popular singer of Nepal. He is one of the greatest music icons of Nepal. Arun Thapa was born in Calcutta, India in Jan 1954. His father was Ganju Thapa Magar. He started his singing career 39 years ago,when he first sang his song in Radio Nepal in 1971.
He had launched two music albums Arun and The best of Arun Thapa. Both of the albums were very popular among the Nepalese music listeners. His songs like Ritu haruma timi hariyali basanta hau.., bhulu bhulu lagyo malai… have touched the heart of millions Nepali music lovers.
According to the survey done by BBC, his song “Ritu hauram timi” ranked seventh spot in the world greatest music. Most of his songs are of tragic flavor. Some of his most popular songs are” Ritu haruma timi.., Jati maya laye pani…, Bhulu bhulu lagyo malai…, Chot k ho betha k ho….
Most of his songs have a soft touch to them, depicting tragic life of the lover. His fluency in singing is something that has to be encountered and appreciated in Nepali music. He is among the very few people with quantitatively less number of songs but achieved such a feat in this music industry because of his comfortable and healing vocal. His songs are liked by not only youngster but also by people of all ages.
The Great icon and Popular Singer of Nepal, Arun Thapa died in Wednesday evening in Kathmandu, at July 22. He was at the age of 47 when he died. Arun Thapa had long been suffering from lung and liver ailment.
His contribution in the Nepali music is remarkable and inspires many Nepalese singers in the field of music. Even though he is not with us right now but his contribution to Nepali music will be remembered forever and ever and will remain in the heart of music lovers. We, the Nepalese people, should salute such a great legend of Nepali music Arun Thapa, who has given a lot of contributions in promoting the Nepali music.