It was barely a year ago that we keenly watched the musical contest on TV and it now very hard to believe that the winner of the contest is no more to entertain us with his soft and melodious voice. The whole nation is shocked at the news. As a fitting tribute to the singing sensation Ishmeet Singh, who died in the Maldives on Tuesday, 29 July 2008, will be given a state funeral in his native town Ludhiana by the Punjab Government.
Directions to this effect were given by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here this evening, his Media Advisor H S Bains told PTI on Wednesday.
The state government has also arranged a chartered plane to bring Ishmeet’s body to Ludhiana from New Delhi, Bains said adding that cremation would take place with full state honours on Thursday.
He said that state government officials and leaders of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance will escort the body from Halwara airport near Ludhiana to his residence in Shastri Nagar area of the town.
Ishmeet, the winner of the reality show ‘Voice of India 2007’ had gone to the Maldives on Friday for a stage show, but he drowned in the swimming pool of a hotel last evening.
The death of the 19-year-old singer has been condoled by a number of state leaders and ministers including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his predecessor Amarinder Singh, SAD President Sukhbir Badal and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal.
Atwal and Sukhbir were among those who visited the residence of Ishmeet in Ludhiana today.
Condoling the death of the talented singer, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said, “He had earned name and fame at a young age and was bound to progress further, but a young life has been cut short.”
A pall of gloom descended at the residence of Ishmeet in Ludhiana last night immediately after reports poured in that the young singer died after drowning in a swimming pool at a hotel in the Maldives.
Being the only son in his family, Ishmeet’s mother Amritpal Kaur was in a state of shock as soon as she came to know about the sad demise of the singer who was pursuing his B.Com second year from MNC College in Mumbai.