Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander dies at 60

Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander has died at the age of 60. Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal and a host of celebrities from the music industry have mourned his demise. The singer, known for tracks such as “Sanu Ishq Barandi Chad Gayi” and “Ek Charkha Gali De Vich”, had tested positive for coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mohali.

The CM confirmed the news of Sardool’s death. “Extremely saddened to learn of the demise of legendary Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander. He was recently diagnosed with #Covid19 and was undergoing treatment for the same. The world of Punjabi music is poorer today. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans,” he wrote. Former Punjab deputy chief minister Badal said he was “saddened to learn about the demise of legendary Punjabi playback singer Sardool Sikander. A huge loss to Punjabi movie & music Industry. Prayers for his family, friends & fans. May his soul rest in peace!”

Son of tabla player Sagar Mastana, Sardool started his career in the early 80s. Belonging to the Patiala gharana of music, he produced over 25 albums in his almost 30 years. His 1991 album ‘Husna de Malko’ sold more than 5 million copies. He also worked in Punjabi films.

Comedian Kapil Sharma, singers Gurdas Mann, Daler Mehndi, Harshdeep Kaur and composer Vishal Dadlani also posted tributes on Twitter.

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