Indian community gathered in Artesia to remember Sidhu Moose Wala

ARTESIA, Calif. (KABC) — Sidhu Moose Wala, an Indian rapper and politician, was an outspoken voice in the Punjabi community, often rapping about socio-political issues. He was also a global icon with nearly 10 million followers on Instagram.

“Sidhu Moose Wala was like the Tupac of India. He spread beautiful messages all over India. He has fans all over the world,” said Vishal Narayan, founding president of Good Karma Los Angeles.

On May 29, the 28-year-old rapper, real name Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, was shot and killed in Punjab, India. His death was a devastating loss for millions of his fans around the world. Authorities are still investigating who killed him.

“Sidhu Moose Wala was and always will be a voice of truth and unfortunately that’s what happens when voices are so loud, and bring so much truth and so much reality, some people are embarrassed by it. Sometimes a lot of people are embarrassed by and unfortunately we lost him because of his voice and his lack of fear,” said event organizer J.Hind.

The sadness over his death has spread to Southern California. Artists and the community came together to create two murals to honor his memory which were unveiled at a memorial on Sunday.

“I think this event really illustrates how public art can bring people together and activating it is so powerful,” said artist Sunroop Kaur.

The artists are known as @loquacious_lines, @flyingbeardphotogrpahy and @bodeckluna on Instagram.

Artists worked 12 to sometimes 20 hours a day to paint the murals.

“It’s a heartbreaking moment for everyone, so it shows what it’s like, how important it is for us to give back to the community after such a loss to the community at the end of the day,” said artist Manmit Singh.

The murals are located at London’s Pub and Grill at 11651 Artesia Blvd. Organizers say they were told the murals will remain there forever.

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