Ludhiana (Punjab): Gurmat Sangeet legend and Padma Shri awardee Prof Kartar Singh passed away on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 94.
Gurmat Sangeet legend Prof Kartar Singh was admitted at Dayanand Medical College (DMC), Ludhiana, where he breathed his last at 3 pm.
In December, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Varinder Kumar Sharma had handed over the prestigious Padma Shri to Prof Kartar Singh on behalf of the President of India.
Prof Kartar Singh was awarded Padma Shri for his immense contribution to the field of art. Due to health issues, he could not attend the function.
Professor Kartar started practising at the age of 13 and specialised in the popular classical music form for Sikhs in the past. He is one of the Gurmat Sangeet legends, who pursued his career in teaching music and retired as head of department of music (vocal and instruments) from Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana. Until recently, he had been working as the director of Gurmat Sangeet Academy, Anandpur Sahib, which is being run by the SGPC.
He was also the recipient of the Punjab Government’s Shiromani Ragi Award, and Punjabi University’s Gurmat Sangeet Senior fellowship. He was also conferred Sikh Lifetime Achievement Award in London (UK) on October 9, 2011, and was also nominated to the Top 100 Global Sikhs by the Sikh Directory in the United Kingdom.
His cremation will take place at Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, at 4 pm on Sunday.