HISAR: Haryanvi music has suffered a significant loss as singer Raju Punjabi, aged 40, passed away at a private hospital in Hisar. The talented artist had been undergoing treatment for jaundice over the past few days, ultimately succumbing to the illness.
Initially, there was a glimmer of hope in Raju's health as he showed signs of improvement during his treatment, leading to his discharge from the hospital. However, his condition took a turn for the worse, necessitating his readmission. The final rituals to bid farewell to the singer will take place in his hometown, Rawatsar, located in Rajasthan.
Haryana's Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, extended his deepest condolences, recognizing the profound impact of Raju Punjabi's demise on the Haryana music scene. In a message shared on the platform X (formerly Twitter), CM Khattar lamented the loss of the esteemed Haryanvi singer and music producer. He acknowledged the void left by Raju Punjabi's passing, describing it as irreplaceable. He prayed for the departed soul to find solace in the divine and for the family to find the strength to endure this immense grief. He concluded with the words "Om Shanti."
In the wake of his departure, a gathering of fellow singers convened in Hisar to pay their final respects. Raju Punjabi's last musical offering was the soulful "Aapse Milke Yaara Humko Accha Laga Tha."
Raju Punjabi had etched a prominent place in the Haryanvi music landscape, known for delivering hits like "Desi Desi," "Aacha Lage Se," "Tu Cheez Lajawab," "Bhang Mere Yaara Ne," and "Last Peg," among others. His collaborations, including those with renowned singer Sapna Choudhary, had also left a lasting impression. His untimely demise has sent shockwaves through the industry, leaving a void that will be hard to fill.