Punjabi folk singer Gurmeet Bawa departed on Sunday, 21 November. She had been ill for a long time. On Saturday night, Gurmeet Bawa was admitted to a hospital in Amritsar after her health worsened. Gurmeet, 77, breathed his last in the hospital. Her last rites will be performed on Monday.
As per the information received from her family friend Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, she breathed her last in the hospital. Sandhu said, “She was taken to the hospital on Saturday evening after she complained of difficulty in breathing.”
Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi conveyed his sorrow. He posted on Twitter, “Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Gurmeet Bawa Ji. His contribution to Punjabi Folk Music is indelible. My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Gurmeet Bawa, the wife of Punjabi folk singer Kripal Bawa, was known for her long ‘heck’ for around 45 seconds. However, she came into the spotlight when she started conducting live shows on Doordarshan. She was the first Punjabi female singer to be featured on the national television platform.
During her career spanning 45 years, Gurmeet Bawa has been honoured with various awards including the State Award by the Punjab Government, the Sangeet Award by Punjab Natak Akademi, Rashtriya Devi Ahilya Award by the Madhya Pradesh Government and Shiromani Singer Award by the Department of Punjabi Language.