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Fight against vulgarity: Professor seeks recording of Punjabi singer’s performance

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Continuing his fight against Punjabi songs glorifying weapons and alcohol, a Chandigarh assistant professor has requested the city administration to record all songs of a popular Punjabi singer, Gippy Grewal, who is due to perform at Leisure Valley on Saturday.

In an application to the deputy commissioner, Chandigarh Administration, Panditrao Dharennavar, 42, has requested for recording of all the songs which be sung by Grewal on 24 February in view of some of the objectionable songs sung by him. “It is also to inform you that weaponry, vulgar and alcoholic songs have bad impact on youngsters and such songs can not be sung in public programs, he said in the application.

Dharennavar informed the DC that he has filed a Public Interest Litigation in Punjab and Haryana High Court on the same issue and the same is under process. “I request you to kindly record all songs and provide me one copy of recording which may be submitted in High Court by me in the upcoming hearing,” he added.

Born in Shirashyad village of Bijapur district in Karnataka, Dharennavar’sis an assistant professor in sociology at Government College, Sector 46 Chandigarh and has launched a campaign to make Punjabis shun their love for songs encouraging guns, liquor and vulgar dance at social functions.

He lands at marriage palaces or public palaces with a placard asking Punjabis to not dance on the songs promoting guns, liquor and vulgar dance. By holding the placard over his head, Dharennavar simply stands at a place or outside the marriage venue for up to four hours to spread his message after his duty hours.

Dharennavar’s has also been in news in the past too for his love for Punjabi language too. “I came to Chandigarh in 2003 for teaching sociology. But as I didn’t know Punjabi language I faced problems in communicating with my students coming from rural areas. So, in order to form a rapport with them, I started learning Punjabi and soon fell in love with the language and the rich culture,” he said.

Besides starting a campaign for the promotion of Punjabi and seeking the language on top of all sign boards on national highways in the state, Dharennavar has also received appreciation for his translation work on Gurbani scriptures into the Kannada language.