Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Parkash Singh Badal launched Music Album “Lok-Geet”voiced by Padma Bhushan Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, Editor-in Chief of Ajit Group of Publications. Elite gathering from all quarters of the society graced the release- ceremony celebrated at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium of Lovely Professional University. This seventh album of Dr Hamdard is tribute to the great folk-lore and cultural heritage of Punjab. Famous folk songs of Punjab, included in the album, are prevalent since time immemorial and are true in form with originality of contents. LPU students depicted deep seated emotions & varying moods, as conceived in the album through mesmerizing choreography. Eulogizing diverse endeavours of Dr Hamdard for Punjab and Punjabis all across the globe, CM Badal acknowledged him as a powerful voice of Punjab in Media, Music and all other allied fields.
Addressing the mammoth gathering of stalwarts from all sections of society, CM Badal said: “This day has become a historical one as the singer of these folk songs Dr Hamdard and the student- performers of LPU have contributed a lot to Punjab and Punjabiat more than any of the professional singers or performers have ever. With such a wonderful contribution Dr Hamdard has established himself as an institution through his unflinching commitment and hard-work towards Punjab. People of Punjab have great quality in them and I implore them that they should all follw Dr Hamdard to keep on working selflessly for the cause of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat.”
Pictogram of Punjab, Punjabi, and Punjabiat, Padma Bhushan Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard has led rich Punjabi literature and journalism on to the horizon. Addressing all, Dr Hamdard shared: “Music is my passion. I have always been fascinated by music since my childhood. Although I was fond of singing, yet I could not carry on this fondness seriously due to multiple involvements in my life and works. However, music is always an integral part of my being and has never faded away in spite of multifarious activities. Mostly, it is seen that our rich cultural inheritance is not regularly passed on to from one generation to the other in needed spirit. I wanted it to keep on flowing smoothly so is the present album ‘Lok Geet’ before you all. ”
The songs included in ‘Lok-Geet’ are: “Baajre dee raakhi; Udedaa ve jaavin kaanvaa; Veer mere ne bag lawaaya; Piya na jaa; Ladi ve preet vaali; Channa door vasendiyaan; Yaar Sunehra Ghal Ve, and Boohe tere te baitha jogi.” The music director of these songs is Gurdeep Singh. The other six albums since 2003 are Jazbaat, Aahat, Sijda, Khushboo, Shrdhanjali, and Meri Pasand, which contain old songs, ghazals, and other genres in sublime and transcendental voice of Dr Hamdard.
LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal welcomed all at the album release ceremony and lauded the efforts of CM Badal for bringing peace and prosperity to the state and the country being five time CM of Punjab, as its the youngest and now as the veteran CM of the state. Mr Mittal also congratulated Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard for having national honour Padma Bhushan and thanked him for selecting LPU campus for the prestigious ceremony. Executive Editor of Daily Ajit Satnam Singh Manak briefed about the event, and Prof Nirmal Jaura conducted the stage.
Present on the occasion were Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, S Tarlochan Singh, Dr Jaspal Singh, Sh Sunil Jakhar, S Suchcha Singh Chhotepur, S Iqbal Singh, Dr Daljeet Singh Cheema, S Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Sh Sheetal Vij, Sh Irwin Khanna, S Tajinder Singh Bittu, Sh Som Parkash, Sh Kamal Sharma, Sh Ramesh Mittal, Sh Naresh Mittal, Sh Ashok Mittal, Smt Rashmi Mittal and many other great personalities of important ranks and social status.
Illustrative, the founder-Editor of Punjabi Tribune, Dr Hamdard established new credentials as a journalist, and eventually became Editor-in-Chief of the Ajit Group of Publications. He has added new milestones at every step of his illustrious journalistic career. Embodying the subtle and complex narrative of human relationships, his creativity is instilled with brilliant imagination & facts, be it in his editorials, books, poems, songs or speeches. Recognition of brilliant journalistic and creative works has decorated him with many awards including ‘Padam Bhushan’ by the Government of India; ‘Shiromani Patarkar’ by Punjab Government, ‘Special Award’ by Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) and Honorary D.litt by Punjabi University, Patiala. Dr Barjinder Singh also became M P (Rajaya Sabha) in 1998.