Bathinda’s Gurjeevan Singh sells Bengali embroidered suits at Saras Mela



NewZNew (Bathinda) : While the regional SARAS mela has ringed in festivities for people, it has also witnessed sudden death of a Kolkata artisan plunging the artisan community into grief. Undeterred by the death and with an aim to provide solace to the widow of deceased, artisans of Bathinda have got together.

The artisan died on the first day of mela on reaching back to the place where he was living, Bathinda administration not only helped his widow financially but ensured that his body was lifted via aircraft and sent to his native place in Kolkata.

Taking responsibility of selling the articles of the deceased artisan, Bathinda resident Gurjeevan Singh, who is a panchayat secretary of village Balahad Mehma (Goniana block), has started selling the suits deceased Kolkata artisan and his family had embroidered. Gurjeevan is selling these suits near the reception at SARAS mela. The money earned after selling this would be sent to the artisan’s widow at Kolkata.

The SARAS mela had started at Rose Garden Plaza on March 7 and houses artisans from various corners of the country. Suddenly an artisan Mubarak Ali (40) too ill and was admitted to hospital by the district administration. However, Ali passed away.  The district administration got his body lifted through aircraft from Delhi to Kolkata with his wife Samsum (34) and panchayat secretary Gurjeevan Singh was deputed to accompany her. Gurjeevan took the body and Samsum to Delhi in an ambulance. A considerate Gurjeevan then decided to help the family. Taking up the cudgels he has put up the stall of deceased Ali’s products (embroidered suits) and is now selling these suits so that the deceased’s family could be given some respite.

ADC (Development) Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma expressed his condolences with the bereaved family on behalf of Bathinda district administration. He said that the Ali couple has come with great aspirations to sell their products. Now Gurjeevan has decided to help Samsun, who has three children to bring up. He added that the district administration has helped the bereaved family financially too.

He appreciated the efforts of Gurjeevan Singh and has granted permission to him for selling the suits. Gurjeevan said that he has sold Rs 30000 worth suits so far.