Labh Janjua struggled for two decades before making it big

  • Avtar Singh, IANS, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 23, 2015 13:10 IST
Labh Janjua was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on October 22.

Singer Labh Janjua, who was found dead at his residence in Mumbai had recorded more than 150 songs in Hindi and Punjabi films besides acting in a few Punjabi films. The Punjabi singer is survived by his wife and an eight-year-old son.

The 57-year-old singer struggled for almost two decades (1980s and 1990s) before achieving fame with his song ‘Mundiyan toh bach ke rahin’.

Kapoor Singh, a disciple of Janjua, said, “In the morning, we heard that he died of heart attack and was alone at his house in Mumbai. He had gone there for the recording of a song. The family rushed to Mumbai on hearing the news. He was suffering from diabetes.”

Sagar, another disciple, said, “The family had no child so they adopted a son, whose birthday they were to celebrate next week.”

Punjabi poet Gurbhajan Gill, who has spent a lot time with him, said, “I first met him in 1983. He was a nice man. I have seen the days of his struggle and of success. He sang the song, ‘Rok lao nishanebazian putt mukk challe maawan de’ in 1989 that I wrote. Those were the days of terrorism in Punjab. The song was against terrorism and people liked it. And he had the courage to sing it.”

Meanwhile, Bollywood celebrities Ayushmann Khurrana, Pritam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shaan have mourned the tragic demise of Punjabi singer Labh Janjua. B-Town took to Twitter to express their grief. Here’s what they have written:

Ayushmann Khurrana: RIP Labh Janjua. Your voice will always remain immortal. It carried the soul of Punjab.

Salim Merchant: Heard about the sudden demise of singer Labh Janjua. What a fab artist. Prayers and condolences to the family #LabhJanjuaRIP

Sunidhi Chauhan: Shockingly sudden death of Labh Janjua. Really sad.

Shaan: Shocked to hear about Labh Janjua’s untimely demise... Life is so uncertain ... RIP

Pritam: RIP Labh Janjua. Can’t believe I have to write this. Can’t process the news. Rest in peace my friend. My prayers are with his loved ones.

Ehsaan Noorani: RIP Labh Janjua loved your singing.

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