Book reviews : In memory of master musician


Dibya Sangeetkaar,

Dibya Khaling

Publisher: Ekata


Price: Rs 250

Pages: 336

Dibya Sangeetkaar, Dibya Khaling is a book that has memoirs of musician-cum-lyricist late Dibya Khaling written by his friends and family members from a very senior poet Madhav Ghimire to his collegues Kiran Pradhan and Bulu Mukarung to his son.

Dibya Khaling was not only a musician, but also a well-known lyricist, whose evergreen songs like Sadhai Ma hanse, Timilai ruwae (I always enjoyed, making you cry), Mera Geet Sabai Timilai (All my songs are for you), and Preyashika Yaadharu (Memoirs of beloved). “These hit numbers make him immortal and he does not need any adjectives for introduction,” writes Bulu Mukarung in his memoirs.

Famous singers from late Narayan Gopal, Arun Thapa, to present Gyanu Rana and Mira Rana are remembered because they all sang his songs on his compositions.

Dibya Sangeetkaar, Dibya Khaling also has the collection of Dibya’s lyrics and his family pictures that make this book a real memoir.

Grace Khaling, Dibya’s wife, Prakash Sayami and Bhuwan Devkota have put their hard labour to bring this book out and what could have been a better tribute than this for a man, according to his son, “who lived, slept, and breathed with his harmonium, and with the joy of playing his instrument”.