Singer Romy Gill passes away unsung

He gave the youth of Punjab many a foot-tapping Bhangra pop numbers that were a hit with disc jockeys and wedding parties. Be it Dhru Tara or Nehron Paar Bangala, Romy Gill had everyone dancing to his tunes, quite literally. But when the singer, believed to be in his early thirties, suffered a cardiac arrest on Wednesday and passed away, there was no crowd to give him a memorable send-off. He died quietly at a local hospital.

Gill is survived by his wife and two children.

The world of Punjabi music, too, remained rather untouched by the sad demise of one of its shinning stars. The cremation was attended by close family members and only a few well-known names like Jagdev Singh Jassowal and Sukhwinder Sukhi.

Rumours about the field of Punjabi music being riddled with politics and groupism seemed to come to alive at the cremation ceremony. The singers who had attended the state funeral of singer Ishmeet Singh last year in large numbers were conspicuous by their absence on Wednesday.

While his colleagues failed to spare a few moments for the departed soul, Romy's fans hit the Internet with condolence messages.

Manpreet Dhindsa, one of his fans, commented: "I was listening to one of his songs today and wondered why the singer had not come out with a new album. Hearing about his death came as a real shock."

Romy Gill has several hit songs to his credit—Jogan Ho Gayi Aan and Hun Tere Nakhre Te Gabhru Mar Mar Jaan to name a few.

Another fan Gurbinder Singh Grewal said: The demise of Surjeet Singh Bindrakhiya and Kulwinder Singh Dhillon had severely hit the Punjabi music industry. In Romy Gill, we had a singer who was filling up this vacuum. Now with his death, the vacuum has only got bigger."

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