Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa died of Covid-19!

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Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa

The number of cases of the novel coronavirus across the globe crossed the 1 million- mark as the global death toll rose to over 45,000. In India, the number of cases climbed to 2,547 and the death toll to 62. The World Bank had approved $1 billion in emergency financing for India to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, at the same time as warning the sector that the effect of the pandemic might hit economies hard enough to crumble. As the death toll rises in the country, a Padma Shri awardee of India also lost his life battling with the virus. Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa, a Sikh spiritual singer died on the 2nd of April. This is his story.

Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa, a Padma Shri awardee lost his battle against COVID-19!

Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa turned into a former ‘Hazoori Raagi’ meaning non-secular singer, was a regular at Harmandir Sahib of Golden Temple in Amritsar and had recently returned from abroad. He was undergoing treatment in the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital of Amritsar after he complained of breathlessness and showed signs and symptoms of a respiratory problem on March 30 and tested high quality for COVID-19 symptoms.

Late Nirmal Singh Khalsa, 67, was awarded Padma Shri in 2009 for his proficient singing of ‘Gurbaani’ song of the Guru Granth Sahib which was a mixture of almost 31 rags. His death also marks the end of Classical Punjabi music and the distinct edition of his mysticism.

Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa

“On the outskirts of our village, nomad singers called Mirasi would put their tents and settle for a few months before moving elsewhere. They lit fires in the evenings around which they sat and played their harmoniums. After working in the fields all day, I sneaked out at dusk to listen to their songs. The melody really soothed me,” said Nirmal Singh Khalsa in one of his interviews. 

According to the reports by the officials, Bhai Nirmal has held a large gathering of more than 100 people in the area of New Delhi including some other places as well. another report also confirms that the religious gathering was also organized in sector 27 of Chandigarh. This has raised a serious question for the government and the officials to trace back the footprints of a dead man in a wake of controlling the spread of the virus. The local police of the area have sealed the nearby residences of Nirmal Singh in Amritsar to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“He may have caught the infection during his trip to Chandigarh. He died of sudden cardiac arrest on Thursday,” said Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur Johal.

However, the death of Nirmal Singh has shocked the entire Sikh community for whom the man was a living legend. Now his cremation ceremony also seems to be delayed as the cremation grounds are not welcoming because of the fear attached to the spread of the virus. After being shunned by his hometown, he may now be cremated in the secluded place by the family.

On the other hand, the infection rate of the country is not slowing down, hundreds of cases are reported every day. Despite the severe lockdown, the states like Delhi and Maharashtra had turned out to be the epicenter for the outbreak. Recently, a man from the Dharavi slum area of Mumbai has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and the case has created havoc in the city. The Dharavi is the largest slum area of Mumbai and the second largest in Asia. It is estimated that one million people live in Dharavi, which spans just 535 acres, has a population density of an incredible 869,565 people per square mile. So, it’s very much evident that this case has brought a serious threat of community spread! We can only hope that this pandemic ends soon and people can go back living their lives as they used to be.

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