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Wadali Brothers
Wadali Brothers Puranchand Wadali & Pyarelal Wadali Performing Sufi Song at Rajarani Music Festival-2016, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India (03).JPG
Wadali brothers performing at the Raja Rani Music Festival. Puranchand Wadali (L) and Pyarelal Wadali (R)
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Origin Amritsar, Punjab, India
Genres Sufi music, Folk

The Wadali BrothersPuranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali – are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru Ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, India. [1] Pyarelal Wadali, the younger of the two died on 9 March 2018 at the age of 75 due to cardiac arrest at the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Amritsar.

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Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi singers. While Puranchand Wadali, the elder brother, was a regular in an akhara (wrestling ring) for 25 years, Pyarelal contributed to the meager family income by playing the role of Krishan in the village Ras Lila .

Early life

Their father, Thakur Das Wadali, compelled Puranchand to learn music. Puranchand studied music from celebrated masters such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana. Pyarelal was trained by his elder brother, who he considered his guru and mentor up till his death.

Pt Rajan and Sajan Mishra singing at IGNCA Wadali Brothers 2.jpg
Pt Rajan and Sajan Mishra singing at IGNCA

Career

Their first musical performance outside their village was in Harballabh Temple in Jalandhar. In 1975, the duo went to Jalandhar to perform at the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan but was not allowed to sing because their appearance did not pass muster. Disappointed, they decided to make a musical offering at the Harballabh temple, where an executive of All India Radio, Jalandhar, spotted them and recorded their first song.

The Wadali Brothers sing in the gurbani, kafi, ghazal and bhajan genres of music. They live in their ancestral house in Guru Ki Wadali, and teach music to those who promise to preserve it. They do not charge their disciples, and lead a very simple life devoted to the divine one.

They believe in the Sufi tradition deeply. They consider themselves as a medium through which the preaching of great saints is passed on to others. They have never indulged commercially, and they have only a handful of recordings to their name (mostly from live concerts). They believe in singing freely as homage to the divine one. They do not feel very comfortable in using electronic gadgets in their music, and stress on Alap and Taans. They believe that spiritual heights can only be attained if you sing unreservedly, in a free atmosphere.

Bollywood

In 2003, they entered Bollywood, rendering music director and writer Gulzar’s soulful lyrics in their unique style in the film Pinjar. They also sang one song in Dhoop. On the cards is a documentary which the Discovery Channel is planning to make on them.

Discography

Filmography

Awards

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References

  1. "Wadali Brothers wow audience in Singapore, get standing ovation". Times of India. 9 April 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. Puranchand Wadali & Pyarelal Wadali (Joint Award) (Folk Music, Punjab) 1991 Sangeet Natak Akademi Official listings.
  3. "Partners in MELODY". Indian Express. 4 February 2005.
  4. http://www.yespunjab.com/punjabi-music/item/67229-ptc-punjabi-music-awards-2015-complete-list-of-winners