A Indian sculptor Manjit Singh Gill paid tribute to legendary Pakistan singer Shaukat Ali, who died on Friday after suffering liver complications in Lahore.
Gill made a sculpture in honor of the late artist. According to a report by The Indian media, the artist’s creation was installed in a park in Ghal Kalan village in Punjab, India.
It added that Ali’s death was mourned by both India’s and Pakistan’s literary communities as many of his fans remembered his prolific work.
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Gill is known worldwide for his statues. He previously made a sculpture of the philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi and the Punjabi poet Bashir Husain Najmi, popularly known as Baba Najmi.
Speaking to the publication, Ali’s son Imran Ali said the singer struggled and was treated for cirrhosis of the liver for more than a year. “He had recovered, but four months ago his condition got worse and his liver stopped working,” he said.
Ali sang his first song Pagdi Utaar Chora in 1962 and received a silver jubilee for it. Meanwhile, Dil Mohammad, known as the Crusader for Punjabi language and Gurmukhi scriptures, also died in Lehenda Punjab, Pakistan, on Saturday in Pakistan.
He was “Mukh Sewadar” from Baba Bulley Shah Punjabi Satth in Kasur, Pakistan and had taught Punjabi children for years at the school he opened in his village of Chakk 17.
While mourning the loss of Muhammad, famed Punjabi poet Gurbhajan Gill of Ludhiana revealed that he said Punjab could only be written in Gurmukhi and that people from both Punjabs should come together to save their mother tongue and keep them.