Published On: Mon, Apr 5th, 2021
Published in Category: Karachi

Indian sculptor Manjit Singh Gill honours late Pakistani legend Shaukat Ali with bust

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Karachi: Renowned Indian sculptor Manjit Singh Gill has honoured late Pakistani legend Shaukat Ali with a what appears to be a larger-than-life-size bust.

According to an Indian Express report, which came just two days after the Pakistani folk singer’s death, Manjit Singh Gill’s artwork was installed at a park in Ghal Kalan village.

In its report on Shaukat Ali and the Moga-based sculptor’s tribute to him, the publication wrote that the Pakistani singer was one of the “veteran personalities known for their extraordinary work in promoting Punjabi folk music, language, and culture”.

The publication reported that Chadhda Punjab, or India’s Punjab, also mourned Ali’s death. The singer had liver cirrhosis since almost a year back and was being treated since then, his son, Imran Ali, told the Indian Express over phone.

“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 said.

Ali, his son added, sang his first song — “Pagdi Utaar Chora” — in 1962 and was honoured with a silver jubilee award for it.

Gill, according to Geo Urdu, has also made statues of world-renowned philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi — who passed away in 2016 — Punjabi poet Bashir Husain Najmi, popularly known by his pen name, Baba Najmi, in the past.