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Pakistan’s legendary folksinger Krishan Lal Bheel passes away at 60

Bheel was honored with scores of awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from Lok Virsa.

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Pakistan’s legendary folksinger Krishan Lal Bheel passed away in Rahimyarkhan at the age of 60, on Thursday morning.

He was considered to be an embodiment of the musical traditions of Cholistan.

As being reported, the singer was hospitalised five days ago as he was suffering from serious kidney complications.

Bheel was under treatment for his kidney disease at the Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Rahim Yar Khan and was suffering from multiple medical complications due to kidney issues. He had an attack of paralysis also and was on dialysis.

His last rites were performed on the outskirts of Rahim Yar Khan on the same day.

He started singing in the 1970s and mostly sang in his native language Marwari dialect of Rajasthani. but at the same time was also fluent in Hindi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Urdu and Seraiki singing as well.

According to a press release by the National History and Literary Heritage Division, Federal Minister for Education, National Heritage and Culture Shafqat Mehmood expressed his sorrow over the death of Bheel and extended sympathies to the bereaved family.

Tributes pour in on social media paying respect to Pakistan’s iconic folksinger.

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My memorable pic with #krishanlalbheel 😢😢

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Saddened to hear about the passing of folk singer Krishan Lal Bheel, who was such an icon and for me an integral component of the Marwari and South Punjab culture. From the sand dunes of Cholistan desert to the halls of Pakistan national council of arts, his vibrant turban and waistcoat, his Iktara and his powerful voice echoed and touched the hearts of many and transported them back in time to the folklore of his region. Such joy. My interactions with him for the last 7 years have been truly memorable. I will never forget last year when we sat down on a dune after a shoot, as the sun set, and we talked about nomadic life and how much music means to him. With that scenery in my mind, I picture you riding off into the sunset; leaving your unforgettable music behind. Goodbye my friend. #krishanlalbheel

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.