Noted Punjabi poet and lyricist Inderjit Singh Hassanpuri died in Ludhiana on Thursday at the age of 80 after a brief illness.
Hassanpuri, who also wrote scripts for Punjabi films, breathed his last in a private hospital, family members said.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed grief over his death describing him as an institution that worked tirelessly for Punjabi and Punjabiat.
In a condolence message, he said Hassanpuri had made invaluable contribution towards promotion of Punjabi language and literature.
"His death has created a void in the literary circle which will be difficult to fill," the Chief Minister said.