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The legacy of Pyarelal Wadali



In the age of electronic music, there is a large chunk of audience in the country who are inclined to the soulful Sufi music. Known as India’s foremost exponents of Punjabi Sufiana qalam, the Wadali Brothers, Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali, have a diverse repertoire. With albums like Aa Mil Yaar, Paigham-E- Ishq, Ishq Musafir, Folk Music of Punjab and Yaad Piya Ki, their musical journey began as bhajan singers at Harballah temple in Jalandhar. At a tender age, the duo crafted their mastery in various styles of singing such as Kaafian, Ghazal and Sufi. Celebrated for his proficiency in Gurbani and Sufi, the Wadali Brothers made their debut in Bollywood with songs written by Gulzar for the movie Pinjar. Ustad Pyarelal Wadali, younger brother of Ustad Puran Chand Wadali left behind a bequest having carried the legacy of famous saint poets such as Bulle Shah, Kabir, Amir Khusro and Surdas for decades.

Regarded as musical royalty of Punjab, the musical gurus of some of the biggest singers from the land of the five rivers. Let’s look at top five soulful tracks by Wadali Brothers.

1. Damadam Mast Qalander
This is an energetic rendition of the ever popular Dama Dam Mast Qalandar from The Best of Wadali Brothers collection of Sufi music.


2. Waris Shah Nu (Pinjar)
Wadali Brothers made their Bollywood debut rendering Gulzar’s soulful lyrics in their unique style for this film.


3. Chehra Mere Yaar (Dhoop)
This beautiful track was a part of the war drama based on Battle of Tiger Hill.


4. Tu Mane ya na mane (Coke Studio)
A popular Sufi love song where the poet talks about how loving one’s beloved is as sacred as worshipping the Almighty.


5. Rangrez (Tanu Weds Manu)
An enthralling song with brilliant composition and lyrics, it still continues to charm with ease.


Thank you, Pyarelal Wadali.

Kashmira Pattni

Author: Kashmira Pattni

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