The national anthem of Nepal, “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka” (Nepali: सयौं थुँगा फूलका), translates to “We are hundreds of flowers, the one garland” in English. The anthem was written by Pradeep Kumar Rai and composed by Amber Gurung. It was officially adopted in 2007, replacing the previous anthem “Rastriya Gaan” which had been in use since 1962.
The anthem is a powerful and emotional tribute to the diverse culture and natural beauty of Nepal. The lyrics speak of the unity and brotherhood of the Nepalese people, and the pride we take in our country’s many different ethnic groups, languages, and customs. The anthem also pays homage to Nepal’s mountains and rivers, and to the sacrifices made by the country’s brave soldiers and freedom fighters.
The anthem’s melody is upbeat and has a distinct Nepali flavor. It starts with a slow and melodic introduction, before building to a crescendo of drums and percussion, representing the power and strength of the Nepalese people. The anthem is generally sung in the Nepali language. Still, it has also been translated into several other languages, including English, to make it more accessible to the country’s diverse population.
The national anthem of Nepal is played at various national and official events, such as the opening of parliament, the swearing-in of the president, and the arrival of foreign dignitaries. It is also played every morning at schools and government offices nationwide and is a common sight at patriotic events, such as Independence Day and National Day.
Lyrics of Nepali National Anthem (Nepali)
सयौं थुँगा फूलका हामी, एउटै माला नेपाली
सार्वभौम भै फैलिएका, मेची-महाकाली।
प्रकृतिका कोटी-कोटी सम्पदाको आंचल
वीरहरूका रगतले, स्वतन्त्र र अटल।
ज्ञानभूमि, शान्तिभूमि तराई, पहाड, हिमाल
अखण्ड यो प्यारो हाम्रो मातृभूमि नेपाल।
बहुल जाति, भाषा, धर्म, संस्कृति छन् विशाल
अग्रगामी राष्ट्र हाम्रो, जय जय नेपाल।
Translation Lyrics of Nepali National Anthem (English)
We are hundreds of flowers, the one garland – Nepali
Sovereign, spread out from Mechi to Mahakali.
Amassing nature’s millions of resources
By the blood of heroes, independent and immovable.
Land of knowledge, land of peace, Terai, hills, mountains
Indivisible this beloved, our motherland Nepal.
The diverse races, languages, faiths, and cultures are so extensive
Our progressive nation, long live Nepal.
Transliteration of The Nepali National Anthem
Sayaű thűgā phūlkā hāmī, euṭai mālā nepālī
Sārvabhaum bhai phailiekā, Mechi-Mahākālī
Prakṛtikā koṭī-koṭī sampadāko ā̃chal,
Vīrharūkā ragata le, swatantra ra aṭal
Gyānabhūmi, śhāntibhūmi Tarāī, pahād, himāl
Akhaṇḍa yo pyāro hāmro mātṛibhūmi Nepāl
Bahul jāti, bhāṣhā, dharma, sãnskṛti chan biśhāl
Agragāmī rāṣhṭra hāmro, jaya jaya Nepāl
Introduction of Pradeep Kumar Rai
Full Name: Pradeep Kumar Rai ( professionally known as Byakul Maila)
Born: 1 January 1973
Pradeep Kumar Rai is a Nepalese lyricist, known for writing the lyrics of the national anthem of Nepal “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka”. He is also known for his other literary works such as poetry, short stories, and essays. He is considered one of the prominent poets of Nepal and has been honored with several awards for his contributions to Nepalese literature. He is also actively involved in the social and cultural activities of Nepal.
Introduction of Amber Gurung
Full Name: Amber Gurung
Born: February 26, 1938
Died: June 7, 2016
Amber Gurung is a Nepalese musician and composer, known for composing the music for the national anthem of Nepal “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka”. He is considered one of Nepal’s most prominent and influential composers and is credited with modernizing and popularizing Nepali music. He has composed music for numerous films, plays, and albums, and has been honored with several awards for his contributions to Nepalese music. He is also actively involved in the social and cultural activities of Nepal.
Where We Use The National Anthem
The national anthem of Nepal, “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka,” is typically played at various national and official events, such as:
The opening of parliament: The anthem is played at the beginning of each session of parliament, as a symbol of the country’s unity and sovereignty.
The swearing-in of the President: The anthem is played during the swearing-in ceremony of the President of Nepal, as a symbol of the President’s commitment to the nation.
The arrival of foreign dignitaries: The anthem is played when foreign dignitaries, such as heads of state or government officials, visit Nepal.
National holidays: The anthem is played on national holidays, such as Independence Day and National Day, to celebrate the country’s history and achievements.
Sporting events: The anthem is played before the start of major sporting events, such as the Olympic games, to show the country’s support for its athletes.
Schools and government offices: The anthem is played every morning at schools and government offices across the country, as a symbol of the country’s unity and pride.
Patriotic events: The anthem is played at patriotic events, such as rallies, parades, and public gatherings to show the country’s solidarity and national pride.
Military ceremonies: The anthem is played at military ceremonies, such as parades and change of command ceremonies, to honor the country’s armed forces and service to the nation.
Funerals of important figures: The anthem is played at the funerals of important figures, such as former presidents, prime ministers, and military leaders, to honor their contributions to the country.
Cultural Events: The anthem is played at cultural events, such as music festivals, dance performances, and theater shows, to celebrate the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Religious events: The anthem is played at religious events, such as temple and church services, to honor the country’s spiritual heritage
It’s also worth noting that singing and playing of the national anthem is not limited to these events, also in some private events or ceremonies like weddings and graduations, the anthem is played or sang as a symbol of national unity and pride.
The national anthem of Nepal, “Sayaun Thunga Phool Ka” is a powerful tribute to the country’s diverse culture, natural beauty, and the sacrifices made by its people. It serves as a reminder of the unity and brotherhood of the Nepalese people, and the pride they take in their country. The anthem is an integral part of Nepal’s national identity and is played at various national and official events, and is also played every morning at schools and government offices across the country.