‘Surran Da Sikander’: Sardool Sikander dies of post-Covid problems

Popularly referred to as ‘Surran Da Sikander’ of the Punjabi music trade, veteran singer Sardool Sikander (60) died of post-Covid problems at a non-public hospital in Mohali Wednesday.

In 2016, Sikander had undergone a renal transplant after his spouse Amar Noorie, additionally an achieved artiste, had donated a kidney to him. He was additionally affected by a coronary heart ailment for a few years.

Last 12 months in December, Sikander had examined constructive for Covid-19, however had recovered. After some days, in January this 12 months, he had developed post-Covid problems and needed to be admitted at Fortis Hospital in Mohali the place he breathed his final on Wednesday.

A press release from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, learn, “Noted Punjabi singer, Mr Sardool Sikander, passed away at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, on February 24 at 11:55 am. He was 60. He was admitted on January 19 in a very serious condition with complaints of low oxygen levels. Sikander, who was diabetic, was recently treated for Covid-19. He had undergone renal transplant in 2016 and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) in 2003. In spite of the best efforts of the doctors and other caregivers at Fortis Mohali, his condition improved only marginally over the next 3-4 weeks. Due to his severely compromised state of health, his condition deteriorated again and had to be put on life support. Unfortunately, the patient breathed his last…”

IMG 8769 Sardool Sikander with Gurdas Maan

While his spouse, Amar Noori, was not in situation to talk, a detailed household pal, Preeto Sahni, informed The Indian Express, “Sikander ji had recovered from Covid but later developed a chest and liver infection. Also his transplanted kidney’s functioning had also started getting affected. After being admitted to Fortis Mohali, he did not recover and condition only deteriorated…”

Born in village Kheri Naudh Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab, Sikander was raised in Khanna city of district Ludhiana. His father late Sagar Mastana was an eminent tabla participant. Besides recording at the very least 30 music albums all through his profession spanning over three a long time, he had additionally acted in some movies reminiscent of ‘Jagga Daaku’.

Of late, Sikander, alongside together with his spouse, had additionally began singing in non secular jagrans and spearheaded social works reminiscent of marriage of poor women, stitching and ability coaching for women to make them self-employed and sponsoring training of poor youngsters in Khanna metropolis.

Known for his upbeat numbers in Punjabi music trade, Sikander had shot to fame with songs reminiscent of ‘Ikk charkha gali de vich daa leya..’, ‘Saanu Ishq brandy chadh gayi..’, ‘Akkh naal akkh jo mila gai..ikk kudi dil uttey chaa gayi’… amongst others. Among his hottest songs was “Khat tukde tukde kar dene, main phook dena tasveeran nu… jadd tu hi nahi taan ki karna ehna kaagaz diyan jaagiran nu…”

IMG 8771 Sardool Sikander with spouse Amar Noori

He belonged to the Patiala gharana of music and his superhit albums included ‘Husna De Malko, ‘O ho’, ‘Doli meere mashooq di’ amongst others. However, it was his debut album ‘Roadways Di Laari’ in 1987 that had turn into an on the spot hit after which he didn’t look again.

Harjit Singh (71), a Jalandhar-based veteran Punjabi movie director, nevertheless mentioned that earlier than Sikander shot to fame together with his Punjabi songs, it was a tv model of his album ‘Roadways Di Laari’ which they’d collectively recorded for Doordarshan, that had laid the inspiration of his recognition among the many plenty and he turned a family identify in Punjab.

“I had a very old association with Sikander, much before his songs such as ‘Ikk charkha’ became popular in Punjab. We had together recorded a TV-show ‘Raunak Mela’ in the studios of DD Jalandhar and he sang his song ‘Roadways Di Laari’ for television. It was live and he was perfect on screen while mimicking legends such as Surinder Shinda, Ghulam Ali, Gurdas Maan, Yamla Jatt etc. He not only sang but performed his own song while mimicking these legends. Audiences loved him and that’s when he never looked back. He belonged to a family of singers and his brother, Gamdoor Singh Aman, was his singing companion for long… He was such a decent person that he never publicised his personal problems. Most in the industry do not know if he was under any financial crisis.”

In May final 12 months when Covid was at its peak, Sikander in a video message on his Facebook web page to Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, had appealed to the Punjab authorities to save lots of small artistes and different staff of Punjabi music trade whose ‘livelihoods were snatched due to Covid lockdown’. Voicing his concern for his music trade colleagues throughout the pandemic, Sikander in his enchantment to CM, had posted, “A Message to Government of Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ji and Cultural Affairs Minister and my dear friend Charanjit Singh Channi. Requesting you to bring your attention to the lives of those citizens of Punjab who make a living out of the music industry. This message to you is about the survival of all those singers, musicians, sound engineers and entertainment teams during this Covid-19 pandemic who are associated with live shows & performances as there is no hope yet for their daily work routine to be initiated anytime soon… We all understand and respect the safety of our community so we have accepted the fate of our industry not being returning to work till the next year. However, we all humbly request the government of Punjab and all authorities to please help the ones who are in desperate need from this industry…. it may sadly collapse if these dignitaries of the music industry do not survive.”

A robust voice for the farmers too, he had recorded a tune ‘Pagdi Sambhaal Jatta’ for the movie ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh’.

Recently, Sikander regardless of his poor ill-health had additionally reached Delhi border to assist protesting farmers. In his final speech from the stage, he had mentioned, “Sarkaaran ne socheya ki Punjab de bande hai do din reh ke waapis chale jaange…sarkaaran bhul gaiyaan ki Udham Singh Shaheed varge.. 21 saal baad jaake dushman nu khundeya.. oh vi England jaake… assi uss khoon nu belong karde hain… (The government thought that people from Punjab will go back after a few days. But the government forgot that the likes of Shaheed Udham Singh went to England in search of the enemy. We belong to that race).”

In a tribute to the legend, veteran Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann wrote, “Sardool matlab ‘Surran da Badshah’ — Punjab diyan paak fizaawan de vich ek geet banke hamesha goonjda rahega…(Sardool means the king of musical notes. He will always echo like a song in Punjab’s pious ambience).”

Punjabi author Ninder Ghugianvi mentioned, “Sardool Sikander was a shining star in the skies of Punjab’s folk and music industry. He never faltered even when Punjabi music industry would pass through tough phases. He would stick to his principles of clean, decent Punjabi singing and would not leave them in greed of earning more money. He preserved the purity of classical music and ragas in his works…”

Speaking to The Indian Express, Charanjit Singh Channi, Punjab’s Cultural Affairs Minister, mentioned, “The family was unable to clear the entire hospital bill so the government has decided to help… With the death of Sardool Sikander, Punjabi folk and music industry has suffered an irreparable loss.”

A press release from the Punjab authorities mentioned, “The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday condoled the sad and untimely demise of legendary Punjabi folk singer Sardool Sikandar, with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announcing that his government will clear the deceased’s hospital dues of Rs 10 lakh. Captain Amarinder announced the decision after Cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi informed him that the deceased’s family had no money to pay the same. The CM also directed the health department to ensure that the private hospital creates no hassles in releasing Sardool’s body to his family due to non-payment of dues. In a condolence resolution, the Cabinet noted that with the demise of Sardool Sikander, the nation had lost one of its best-known Punjabi singers and the void left behind by him will be impossible to fill…”

The singer is survived by his spouse Amar Noori, and two sons — Alaap and Sarang. His final rites can be carried out at his native village Kheri Naudh Singh on Thursday.

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