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Sidhu urged to control ‘vulgarity’ in Punjabi songs

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh | Updated :

A day after Punjab’s tourism, art and culture minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said he intends to introduce a compulsory subject on culture in schools and colleges, a Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) lawyer on Saturday sought stern action from Sidhu against vulgarity in Punjabi songs.

In an open letter addressed to Punjab minister, HC advocate and Right to Information activist, HC Arora has welcomed Sidhu’s step to invite prominent personalities for discussion on framing of cultural policy by the Punjab government.

The advocate has suggested Sidhu to ensure concrete steps for preventing ‘vulgarity’ in Punjabi songs. He sought such preventive steps to be included in the policy.

Further, Arora has sought some provisions for financial aid to Punjabi authors, writers, lyricists and singers of old age. He mentioned that such artists who are in need of such financial aid, particularly for medical treatment, should also be incorporated in the policy.

Sidhu has invited famous Punjabi Singer Gurdas Maan, poet Surjit Patar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and comedian, Gurpreet Singh Waraich among other prominent Punjabi artists on Sunday to chalk out modalities over Punjab’s new culture policy.

“I want the young Punjabi generation to be connected with our heritage, glorious history and culture as they appear to be moving away from our rich past, culture and folk,” the cricketer-turned-politician said on Friday.

He said the youth should be aware of Sarbans Dani Guru Gobind Singh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Master Tara Singh, martyr Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai. They should know who was Madan Lal Dhingra and what was the Kuka movement about.

“They should be aware of our culture and folk,” Sidhu said while pointing out that the youth should be prevented from “going astray,” Sidhu said while pointing out that the youth should be prevented from “going astray”.