Nepal has been thrown into mourning for the country’s most famous rapper, who has died in an apparent suicide at his wife’s parents’ home in London.
Yama Buddha, 30, is a household name in Nepal and his death has been greeted with shock in the Nepalese capital, where the Kathmandu Post referred to him as the ‘voice of a generation’.
The rapper, whose real name is Anil Adhikari, was living with his wife and her parents in Ruislip, north west London.
Well-wishers, fans and relatives came to the Capital all the way from Jhapa, Butwal, and Pokhara to pay their last respect to Yama Buddha’s body that was brought to Kathmandu in an Etihad airbus at 3:41 on Saturday.
At the request of Yama Buddha, his fans were making preparations to organize a concert for the promotion of ‘Khatara’ in Butwal.
Artists and politicians including Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chairman Kamal Thapa, singer Hemanta Rana, Gaurab Pahari, Sandip Bishwokarma, Nirnaya Shrestha, Manoj RC, Khushbu Oli, Hakim had reached Nepal Academy.
Yama Buddha’s last rites was performed at Pasupati Aryaghat on 28 DEC.
Hari Adhikari, the youngest grandfather of Yama Budha, set a fire to Anil’s funeral pyre,” said actor Resh Marahaththa.
“There had been a delay in bringing Yama Buddha’s body to Kathmandu since we received the postmortem’s report late,” said Hari.
Yama Buddha,29, who was preparing to release his album ‘Khatara’, had been popular among NepHop youths after he brought rap music into Nepali music.
His rap songs including Ekadesh, Pagalpan, Kohi, Ama and Yo Prasanga are his popular songs.
Yama Buddha was found hanging at the bathroom of his residence in northern London on January 14.
Here are some of the pictures from the funeral.
Image courtesy: My Republica and Nagarik news