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The Wadali Brothers
Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali – are Sufi singers from Guru Ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, India. 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 (English: wrestling ring) for 25 years, Pyarelal contributed to the meager family income by playing the role of Krishna in the village rasleela.
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 kafi, ghazal ,Qawwali.songs,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.
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
Aa Mil Yaar
Folk Music of Punjab
Yaad Piya Ki
Chikku Bukku (2010, Tamil) Song: "Thooral Nindralum" Sung by: Hariharan, Wadali Brothers
Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
Akademi Award, 1991.
Tulsi Award, 1998.
Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2003.
Puranchand Wadali was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Government of India, 2005.
famous WADALI family and PATIALA GHARANA. Lakhwinder Wadali has done M.A. in
music and pursuing Ph.D. in CLASSICAL MUSIC (vocal). His style of singing is
unique and his fine blend of classical and contemporary music brings freshness
to Punjabi music. Alaps and Taans are the vital aspects of his music. He holds
his audience spellbound with his lyrical flow of Punjabi music. Trained
extensively in the art of singing under the tutorship of his father Padamshree
Ustad Puran Chand Wadali and uncle Ustad Piyare Lal Wadali. The Lakhwinder
Wadaliis Sufi Singer and Musicians from Village “ GURU KI WADALI ” the Birth
Place Of Dhan Dhan Shree Guru Hargobind Ji (The Sixth Guru Of Sikhs) in the
Amritsar District in Punjab at Amritsar-Lahore Road in India. Born into the
Sixth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi Saints .
EDUCATION and GURU
Wadali studied music and Singing from His Father Ustad Puran Chand Wadali Sahib
and also From Uncle Ustad Piyare Lal Wadali Sahib well known as WADALI BROTHERS
– The Great Living Legends of the Patiala Gharana .
Humility is their hallmark unlike in the case of many other artists, his first musical performance outside their village was in KHALSA COLLEGE in Amritsar.
The Lakhwinder Wadali sing in the gurbani, kaafi, ghazal and bhajan genres of music. Lakhwinder Wadali 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.
Wadali was able to perceive the significance behind his voice which was
different from that of other singers. Encouraged by the interest shown by his
listeners, They believe in the Sufi tradition deeply. They consider themselves
as a medium through which the preaching of great saints has to be passed on to
others. They believe that spiritual heights can only be attained if you sing
unreservedly, in a free atmosphere. They are particularly at ease in presenting
the verses of Baba Farid Sahib Ji, Baba Bulle Shah Ji, Shah Hussain Ji,
Saif-Ul-Maluk Ji, Shiv Kumar Battalvi, besides folk takes associated with
Sassi-Punnu, Laila-Majnu, Jugni, Heer-Ranjha, etc. The utterances of Sufi Fakirs
like Amir Khusrou Sahib and others are fact of their music. Lakhwinder Wadali
attend many other Cultural Programme in Canada, Pakistan, Dubai and number
Cities In India .
1. BULLA in
2005 2. CHORI CHORI 2007
3. JOGIA in 2007 4. MAHIYA in 2008
5. JASHAN-2009 in 2008 6. DURIYAN in 2010
7. NAINA DE BUHE in 2011 8. MEHARMA 2011
9. RAAZ DIYA GALLAN 9. ISHQE DAA JAAM 2012
“ Mai Taa Pinni
“Mahiya Tere Vekhan Nu Chukk Charkha Gali De Wich Daavan…..”
" ROOHANIYAT JUGNI....."
" CHURi..... "
“Diva Na Bujhai Haje Raat Baaki Hei…..”
“Mahiya Tere Vekhan Nu Chukk Charkha Gali De Wich Daavan…..”
“Chori Chori Takdi Hei, Aakra Vi Rakhdi Hein…..”
“ Mai Taa Pinni Hei…..“
“ Jaise Meri eid Ho gyi…..”
“ Ishqe Daa Jaam …..”
“Naina De Buhe….”
And many more….
Punjabi Folk Music & Sufism at NDTV Imagine in “LUX-Junoon Kuchh Kar Dikhane Ka”
with Annu Kapoor, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ila Arun and Anand Raj Anand .
Also Performed Indias Biggest Reality Show named “MUSIC KA MAHA MUQABLA”at STAR PLUS television with Himesh Reshamia, Shanker Mahadewan, Mikka Singh, Shan, Shreya Ghoushal and Mohit Chauhan in the Production Of SAI BABA.
ACTING and FILM CAREER
Productions introduced Lakhwinder Wadali in Punjabi feature film “Akhiya Udeek
Dian” as Main Lead Role/Hero and a Playback Singer with Star Caste Guggu Gill,
Sudesh Lehari, Nirmal Rishi and Many More .
NN Films of USA introduced in Punjabi based international feature film “CHHEVAN DARIYA-The Sixth River” as Main Hero and a Playback Singer with Bollywood Stars Gulshan Grover and Neena Gupta.
• PTC Channel
Punjabi Music Award-2005 for “Best Debut Album” by PTC Channel Punjabi.
• “Best Sufi Singer Of Punjab-2005” by Watno Dur Channel in Vancouver CANADA .
• PTC Channel Punjabi Music Award-2007 for “Best Sufi Song” by PTC Channel Punjabi.
• PTC Channel Punjabi Award-2007 for “Best Sufi Singer-2007” by PTC Channel Punjabi.
• Best Singer Award-2009 by Canadian Government in TORONTO Canada.
• “HAMDARD AWARD – 2012 “
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