Indian sculptor Manjit Singh Gill pays homage to late Pakistani singer, Shaukat Ali, with a sculpture. Gill honored Ali with a huge sculpture which is installed at a park in Ghal Kallan Village.
Shaukat Ali passed away on April 3rd in Lahore at the age of 78. He was under treatment at the Combined Military Hospital. He was treated in the hospital on the orders of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. His son Ameer Shaukat Ali said that the singer suffered from liver failure.
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His son had appealed for funds last year. “My father is a 1991 Pride of Performance [awardee] and his services for this country as a folk singer cannot be forgotten. I appeal to the chief minister and the cultural institutions to provide financial assistance for my father who is battling for his life,” he had said.
An Indian artist Manjit Singh has created a sculpture to pay homage to Pakistani singer Shaukat Ali. Manjit Singh says the statue will be installed on a highway. pic.twitter.com/sLkbjaLjSr
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Shaukat Ali was the recipient of Pride of Performance and had performed at the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982. The Pakistani singer was equally popular in Indian Punjab as well.
His death was equally mourned in Indian Punjab. He, along with Dil Muhammad-a Pakistani teacher of Punjabi in Gurmukhi script, was highly regarded in Eastern Punjab of India.
Indian Sikh artist creates sculpture of singer Shaukat Ali pic.twitter.com/6HlP6pLfo2
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Indian publication, Indian Express, wrote that Shaukat Ali was one of the “veteran personalities known for their extraordinary work in promoting Punjabi folk music, language, and culture.”
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His son also talked to the Indian publication in which he said that his father had liver cirrhosis for a year and was being under treatment.
“He had recovered but four months back his condition again deteriorated and his liver stopped working completely. He died at a hospital in Lahore Friday,” he told Indian Express over the phone.