Punjabi folk singer Gurmeet Bawa passes away


Famous Punjabi folk singer Gurmit Bawa passed away on Sunday after a long illness. She was 77 years old.

According to family friend Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, the people’s artist rested at the city hospital.

“She was rushed to the hospital on Saturday night after complaining of shortness of breath,” Sandhu told PTI.

Gurmit Bawa, the wife of Punjabi folk singer Kirpal Bawa, was best known for her long hake (beginning a song while chanting to create a melodic voice with an unbreakable wave) for about 45 seconds.

She found herself in the spotlight when she started performing at Doordarshan. She was the first Punjabi singer to appear on a national TV channel.

Gurmit Bawa was born in 1944 in the village of Kote in the Gurdaspur region of Punjab. He became popular throughout the country after performing the Punjabi folk song “Jugni”.

Gurmit has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Punjab Government State Prize, Sangeet Puraskar Punjab Natak Akademi, the Madhya Pradesh Government’s Devi Ahilya National Prize, and the Punjabi Language Department’s Shiromani Gayik Prize.

Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi expressed regret at the death of the singer.

“Shocked and saddened to learn about the passing of Gurmit Bawa Ji. Her contributions to Punjabi folk music are indelible. My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to her family, “- wrote Channey on Twitter.

Deputy Chief Minister Sukjinder Singh Randhava and Higher Education Linguistics Minister Pargat Singh also expressed regret at the passing of the prominent folk singer.

In her statement, Randhava said that Gurmit Bawa “has carved a niche for herself with her soulful and melodious voice and has served Punjabi folk music for more than half a century.”

Shiromani chief Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Harsimrat Kaur also expressed condolences on the death of Bava.

“Sincere condolences on the passing of the legendary Punjabi singer Mrs. Gurmit Bawa Ji. Her contributions to the Punjabi music industry and her achievements will always be remembered. May Guru Sahib grant peace to the soul of the deceased and strength to family members to bear the loss, ”Sukhbir said on his Twitter account.

Harsimrat said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of veteran singer Gurmit Bava Ji. The Shiromani Gayika laureate will always be remembered for glorifying the Punjabi people on international platforms. Legends never die, they continue to live with their works. My sincere condolences to her family. “

Gurmit Bava is survived by her husband Kirpal Bava and two daughters – singer Glori Bava and Simran Bava. Her third daughter Latchi Bawa, who was also a folk singer, died of cancer last February.

The singer’s cremation will take place on Monday.


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