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Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh
Mrs. Harjinder Kaur heads Punjab Arts Council. Click on the Picture to access enlarged view

Rich tributes were paid to the doyen of the Punjabi culture, visionary litterateur, scientist and above all a great son of the soil Dr MS Randhawa at the Randhawa auditorium by his family members, members and office-bearers of the newly constituted Punjab Arts Council here today.

The occasion was graced by Iqbal Kaur, wife of the legend, daughter Asha from Canada, and other members of the family Ranjit Singh, Satinder and Jatinder S Randhawa. Veteran HS Bhattey, Harjinder Kaur, Rajpal Singh, Ranjodh Singh and others shared their lively moments spent with Dr Randhawa.

Two busts, in bronze and in fibre, of the legend originally created by the invincible painting maestro Sardar Sobha Singh were installed at the Punjab arts council building. Gurcharan Kaur Andhretta, daughter of Sobha Singh, too graced the moment.

Of late, after a hiatus of over an year, the 29-member body of the council has been finally constituted and notified. As declared earlier, Sardarni Harjinder Kaur is the chairperson, while S Harvinder Singh Khalsa ( Bathinda) and S Hardip Singh are the vice-chairman and secretary general, respectively.

Sufi maestro Hans Raj Hans ( Jalandhar), artist Ranjodh Singh (Ludhiana) and Prof Rajpal Singh (Mohali) are respective presidents of the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademy, Punjab Lailt Kala Akademy and Punjab Sahit Akademy.

Former Secretary-General of the council for two terms and newly nominated president of the Punjab Sahit Akademy, however, expressed more surprise than gratitude for his nomination.

Rajpal Singh, though a life-long student of literature admiring the indelible contribution of literary stalwarts Surjit Patar, Dalip Kaur Tiwana and indomitable Gurdial Singh to Punjabi literature, said: “I am too small a person to be considered for the post.

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