Punjabi singer Dharampreet committed suicide on late Sunday night. The singer was known for the rural touch in his songs.
Released in 1997, Dharampreet's music album Dil Nal Khed Di Rahi sold 23 lakh copies. With around 15 albums to his credit, Dharampreet touched the heart of his fans with sad, soulful songs. Such songs created a nice fan base for him in rural Punjab.
Dharampreet belonged to the era of singers for whom fame would not come easy. Son of a small farmer from Bilaspur village in Moga district, Dharampreet's singing career brought prosperity to the family that long battled financial constraints.
Dharampreet was among the few jat Sikhs who opted for singing as a profession, which long remained a social taboo for this community in Punjab.
Apart from breaking stereotypes, Dharampreet gained immense popularity in the rural belt of Punjab. His popularity can be estimated from the fact that one of his albums released in 2006 sold around 75,000 copies, a good feat to achieve for a rural singer. This was the time when piracy was on its peak and no company dared to produce a large number of copies. However, his suicide has again highlighted the gloomy reality of the entertainment industry.