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Gurmat Sangeet legend Prof Kartar Singh passes away

Kartar Singh was a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Tagore Ratna Award. He also won the Punjab government's Shiromani Ragi Award and the Punjabi University’s Gurmat Sangeet Senior fellowship.

By: Express News Service | Ludhiana |
Updated: January 2, 2022 2:05:46 pm
Prof Kartar Singh was awarded Padma Shri for his immense contribution to the field of music. Owing to his health issues, he could not attend the function in Delhi. (Express photo)

Padma Shri awardee Gurmat Sangeet legend Prof Kartar Singh (94) passed away in Ludhiana on Sunday.

Prof Kartar Singh won several prestigious honours for his contribution to Gurbani, which he had been practising since the age of 13, and was specialised in the popular classical music form of ‘tanti saaz’. He was one of the few ‘Gurmat Sangeet’ legends, who pursued music teaching.

He was a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to practising artists, and the Tagore Ratna Award. He also won the Punjab government’s Shiromani Ragi Award and the Punjabi University’s Gurmat Sangeet Senior fellowship.

Gurmat Sangeet legend Prof Kartar Singh in Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Kartar Singh was given the Sikh Lifetime Achievement Award in London in 2011 and nominated to the Top 100 Global Sikhs by the Sikh Directory in the United Kingdom.

He wrote five books on Gurmat music, with a total of over 40,000 copies, published by the SGPC. Two of his books are under publication.

Born at Ghummanke village in Lahore on April 3, 1928, Kartar Singh completed graduation and post-graduation in music (vocal and instrumental) from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

On December 20, Ludhiana deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma handed over the Padma Shri award to Kartar Singh at the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, as health issues had prevented him from attending the function in Delhi.

Kartar Singh is survived by his daughters Manjit Kaur and Sukhbir Kaur, sons Amarjit Singh and Amritpal Singh, daughter-in law Amarjit Kaur, and grandchildren.

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