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Ludhiana September 4:
On the ocassion of Ishmeet's birthday a state level function was jointly organized by the departments of information and public relations and cultural affairs Punjab.
Noted singers Hans Raj Hans, Harbhajan Mann, Dolli Guleria, Pali Detwalia, Gurmeet Bawa, Raj Tiwari, Puran Chand and Piare Lal (Wadali brothers), Manpreet Akhtar and Lakhwinder Wadali were among those who paid their tributes to the recently departed young artiste. Minister for information and public relations, Bikram Singh Majithia, along with cultural affairs minister, Hira Singh Gabria marked their presence with scores of politicians.
Ishmeet's father Gurpinder Singh and mother Amrit Pal Kaur were honoured on the occasion. Gurlovleen, a cousin of Ishmeet also remembered him through his songs.
Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann while paying his homage announced to give Rs 51,000 for the Ishmeet Singh Foundation and added that he would continue to send Rs 51,000 from the earnings of each of his punjabi films coming in future.
Addressing the function, Majithia said, "Ishmeet's birthday would be celebrated every year by organizing a big function, where prominent singers of the country would be invited to perform." He added, "All the required formalities will be completed with a fast pace to establish an international level sangeet academy at Ludhiana. Ishmeet Singh Foundation has already been registered for the same cause."
He announced to give Rs 2 lakh from his personal account for the foundation. On this occasion the minister unveiled and dedicated to the people, a wax statue of Ishmeet made by a city based sculptor Chander Shekhar Parbhakar. Hira Singh Gabria paying his tributes assured that the cultural department would extend all kind of assistance to the sangeet academy.