When Wadali Brothers had Pune in a trance

Pune witnessed yet another musical treat with the world-renowned Wadali Brothers who performed live first time in a public event recently at Phoenix MarketCity

Pune: The first season of VIRSAA – A musical fest enlightening the roots of music, was held in Pune on April 22. Powered by Belmac, the festival aims to connect new India to the roots of Indian music. Carrying forward the legacy of Sufi music for five generations, Wadali Brothers have gained accolades from world over for their soulful music. The legendary brothers performed in front of packed audience last weekend leaving people spell bound. Powered by Belmac, VIRSAA plans to bring to Pune acclaimed musicians from across the country.

The musical duo of Ustad Puran Chand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali have mastered Gurbani, Kafi, Ghazal and Bhajan genres of music and are world-renowned for their Sufi music.

Their journey of Wadali Brothers started in 1975 and have won accolades from music veterans and music lovers alike. They started their stint with Bollywood in 2003 by lending voice to the soulful lyrics of Gulzar for the movie Pinjar. They have sung innumerable melodies such as Aa Mil Yaar’, ‘Paigham -E-Ishq’, ’Ishq Musar’, to name a few. In the filmography, they’ve sung for Dhoop, Chikki Bukku, Tanu Weds Manu and Mausam. Speaking about the current scene of Sufi music among the newer generation, they said, “Today’s generation of young musicians do not know what true Sufi music is. Just like curd can be tweaked and made into butter or lassi…and eventually churn ghee out. With our years of practice and devotion and inspiration from musicians such as Amir Khusrow, Sant Kabir and their raags, and created our music.”

The Wadali Brothers have been awarded Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1991), Tulsi Award (1988), Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2003) and the most prestigious Padam Shree Award by the Government of India to Ustad Puranchand Wadali in 2005. When asked how they plan their performances every time, the duo said that never plan their performance.”We don’t have a set list. We go with the flow. It depends on the audience and the pulse we feel from them, and accordingly, we improvise and perform.”

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