Famous Dhadhi Folk Singer Idu Sharif, who was battling paralysis, passed away today at Manimajra in Chandigarh. The Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi has expressed grief and shared heartfelt condolences with the family of the departed soul.
The Minister said that he is deeply saddened by the news of the loss of the Shiromani Dhadhi Folk Singer Idu Sharif. He said that with the passing away of Idu Sharif an era in Dhadi Folk lore has ended. The role played by Idu Sharif in keeping alive and promoting Dhadi Folk singing would always remain a golden chapter in the history of dhadi folk singing.
Sharif, received coveted Sangeet Natak Academi and other awards at state and national level during his life time. Mr. Channi prayed to god to grant eternal peace and strength to the family during this difficult time to bear this irreparable loss.
Dr. Surjit Patar Chairman Punjab Kala Parishad has also has expressed his sadness at the death of eminent Punjabi Folk Dhadi Singer Idu Sharif. In his condolence message, he said that this is a grievous loss not only for his family, but also for lovers of Punjabi folk music all over the world.
Idu passed away with little if any riches. Several years of illness saw him lose shows and in-turn popularity. Where was the state then to support an Icon of Punjab!! #RIP IDU Shariff. This interview below helped spread awareness of his health issues. Yet he still left this world very little. A man who gave us so much should have been looked after better.