Monday, January 23, 2006


The death has been announced of Tara Devi, the singer known as the "Nightingale of Nepal". Her career started at the age of five, and that early start helped her build the largest repertoire of any female artist in her field: over 4,000 songs. She had a long association with Radio Nepal, singing live for the state network for thirty years.

In 1996, she withdraw from the entertainment industry following the twin blows of of the death of her son and her husband; a long illness had silenced her singing altogether - at the launch of a collection of her work a couple of years back she had been unable to sing the songs herself; her contemporary Koilee Devi performed the live versions.