Renowned Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander, 60, breathed his last on Wednesday in Mohali. Sikander was admitted to the Fortis Hospital nearly a month ago to undergo treatment for kidney damage and other ailments. According to reports, the late musician contracted coronavirus and was getting treated for the same. Known for folk and pop music in Punjabi-language, his most popular hits include 'Ek charkha gali de wich dha laya' and 'Sanu ishq brandi char gayi'.
Following the news of the demise of the celebrated singer, tributes poured in huge numbers. A lot of fans and celebrities expressed condolences on social media.
Mourning Sikander’s death, Punjab Chief minister Amarinder Singh took to Twitter and informed that Sikander tested positive for Covid-19 and was being treated for it. “Extremely saddened to learn of the demise of legendary Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander. The world of Punjabi music is poorer today,” he tweeted.
Popular Bollywood singer Vishal Dadlani also took to his Twitter handle to mourn the tragic loss.
I can't believe #SardoolSikander -Saab has left us. This is heartbreaking and far too personal. :(A true pioneer, he was the soul of humility & a wellspring of music. My condolences to the family, esp. to my brothers @AlaapSikander & @SarangSikander1. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/ppTTUIAau8— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) February 24, 2021
In her condolence message, singer Harshdeep Kaur mentioned that the death of the legendary singer is a huge loss to the music Industry.
Bahut hi dukhad khabar... Saddened to hear about the demise of legendary Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander Ji. Huge loss to the music Industry. Prayers for his family 🙏🏼#SardoolSikander #RestInPeace pic.twitter.com/yCYmoYMxf9— Harshdeep Kaur (@HarshdeepKaur) February 24, 2021
Popular singer Gurdass Mann wrote a heartfelt note on Twitter to express his grief.
Utth gaye gwandho yaar rabba hun ki kariye. Bulleh, Shah Inayat bajo rahe uraar na paar, Rabba hun ki kariye. Punjabi Maa boli da sureela gayak, mehfil di Jaan, yaaran da yaar, Sardool Sikander punjab diyan paak fizawan vich Geet banke goonjda rahega! 🙏🏽❤️— Gurdas Maan (@gurdasmaan) February 24, 2021
Daler Mehndi also expressed his heartfelt condolences via Twitter.
Actress Zareen Khan said it feels like a personal loss.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal took to social media to condole his death.
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of the iconic Punjabi singer Sardool Sikander Ji. His melodies will live on.My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends & admirers. pic.twitter.com/8Wrr5sBQln— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) February 24, 2021
Former Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing and current MP from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said that te Punjabi music industry had lost an icon in the demise of Sardool Sikander.
The Punjabi music industry has lost an icon in the demise of Sardool Sikander ji. I pray for peace to the departed soul as well as strength to the bereaved family, friends & fans to bear this irreparable loss. pic.twitter.com/Hv0cdVXKuG— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) February 24, 2021
Former minister of state for external affairs and member of Parliament from Patiala, Preneet Kaur paid tribute to the singersaying,“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIP,”
Saddened by the demise of legendary Punjabi singer and music icon Sardool Sikander Ji. His death has left a big vacuum in Punjabi music industry and also in the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIP. pic.twitter.com/YrwtsHT0mN— Preneet Kaur (@preneet_kaur) February 24, 2021
Born to a famous tabla player, Sagar Mastana, Sikander had 27 albums to his credit. Sikander is survived by his wife and sons Sarang and Alaap.