Punjabi writers and poets from across the state took out a candle march to pay their tributes to Jagdev Singh Jassowal, former MLA and the patron of Punjabi culture who passed away on December 22 after a prolonged illness.
Led by former Punjabi Sahit Academy president Gurbhajan Singh Gill the march began from Gurdev Singh Nagar and passed through Aarti Chowk to reach Punjabi Sahit Academy (PSA), Punjabi Bhawan, in Bharat Nagar Chowk.
"Punjabis across the world are bereaved by Jassowal death. He loved Punjabi culture so much that he would do everything to make sure Punjabi arts don't die with time.
Through Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Mela, which he founded in 1978, he gave a chance to budding artistes. His contribution will never be forgotten," said an emotional Gill.
Noted poet Surjit Patar, writer Nirmal Jaura, Malkit Dhakha, Malwa Sabyacharak Munch Chairperson KK Bawa and singer Ravinder Grewal were part of the march. Various NGOs also participated in it.
MSM remembers Jassowal
Malwa Sabyachark Manch held a prayer meet at circuit house to mourn the death of Jagdev Jassowal on Saturday. MSM chairman Krishan Kumar Bawa said Jassowal set an example many Punjabis.
"Rarely do we come across individuals who want to contribute so much to the society and culture," said Bawa.