Kalimpong, Jan. 19, 2010:
Legendry Nepali folk singer Hira Devi Waiba passed away this morning at round 5.30 am in NBMCH Siliguri. She had suffered extensive burn injury in her body on 18th January and was hospitalized. Her body caught fire while she was warming herself at her residence in Kadamtala, Siliguri. She was alone in the house at that time.
71 years Late Waiba has left behind her mother who lives in her native place at Ambotey, Kurseong along with a sister and a brother in Kalimpong. Her son and daughter are both married abroad.The funeral is expected to be performed on 21st of January at Siliguri after her son and daughter’s arrival on 20th of January.
According to the doctor Mrs. Waiba had 60 percent burn injury and she could not be treated in NBMCH Siliguri. Considering the criticality she was supposed to be shifted to Nilrattan Medical College Hospital Kolkata and all arrangements were made accordingly, but this morning she succumbed to her injuries.
Mrs. Waiba has sung numerous folk songs and worked for sustaining the Nepali culture. Her famous and ever youthful internationally acclaimed song “Fariya Lyaidechhan Tyai Pani Rataa Jhalala” is remembered even today. She was awarded “Madhurima Phul Kumari Mahato Award 2006” in Kathmandu for her contribution to Nepali music.