The Doyen Of Punjabi Theatre Gursharan Singh Passes Away

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CHANDIGARH – Hundreds of litterateurs, farmers, social and political activists paid tributes to Bhisham Pitamah of Punjabi theatre Gursharan Singh at the Sector 25 electric crematorium Thursday.

The doyen of Punjabi theatre died late last night. Tributes were paid by admirers amid slogans. “An institution in himself, Bhaji (Gursharan Singh) will continue to live in our hearts and inspire us to fight injustice,” said a member of his theatre group, fighting tears. Wreaths were placed by Daljit Singh Cheema, adviser to the Punjab CM, DS Saroya, Director NZCC, Harjinder Kaur, chairperson, Punjab Arts Council, Kewal Dhaliwal, Jatinder Kaur, Hardeep Gill (Amritsar), Deshbhagat Yadgaar Committee (Jalandhar), Lalit Kala Akademi chief Dewan Manna, Neelam Man Singh, Dolly Tewari, Kamal Tewari, GS Channi, Rani Balbir, Dr Sahib Singh, Pran Sabharwal, Dr Prem Singh, Joginder Dayal of the CPI, Rajpal Singh and Gurbhajan Gill. Hailed as “Yugpurush” Gursharan Singh became the voice of the oppressed masses. Born on September 16, 1929, at Multan (now in Pakistan), he completed his Masters in technical chemistry from Khalsa College, Amritsar. He worked as a Project Research Officer at the Bhakra dam and later shifted to the Irrigation Department. But theatre remained his first love and he opted for voluntary retirement.

He inspired the younger generation to use theatre as a tool for social change. His disciples include National school of Drama alumnus Kewal Dhaliwal, Dr Sahib Singh, Anita Shabdeesh and Iqatar Singh. Gursharan Singh leaves behind his wife Kailash Kaur, daughters Dr Navsharan Kaur and Dr Areet Kaur and grand-daughter Nadiya. A sammelan in memory of the deceased will be held at the grounds opposite the Sector 34 gurdwara on October 2, said family sources.