Musician Nati Kaji, 78, died in Kathmandu 2 November, six years after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He had lost the use of his legs and struggled with asthma. Nati Kaji's health deteriorated despite his family taking him to to Delhi for treatment during Tihar. Fans and fellow musicians mourned his passing at a special ceremony at the Royal Nepal Academy.
Born Amrit Lal Shrestha in Phulchowk in 1925, he was given the pet name Nati Kaji by his grandparents. Nati Kaji mixed classical and folk music with a reliance on melody and rhythm that gave musical voice to the Nepali soul. Over 50 years, he composed music for the likes of Shiva Shankar, Bacchu Kailash, Narayan Gopal, Bhakta Raj Acharya, Tara Devi and Udit Narayan Jha.