India and Indians are slowly escaping the folk narrative of this country, only to be drenched in elongated and confusing sub-categories of music that isn’t even made by any real musical instruments and human beings. However, there are still some who love to relax and escape the monotony of this life by simply residing in the beautiful and effervescent Sufi music.
One of the biggest names in the genre, in India, is definitely the famous musical duo – Wadali Brothers. Hailing from Amritsar, Punjab, this duo has been swooning their listeners, around the world, with their music for a long long time now.
However, on Friday, March 9th, 2018, the younger of the legendary duo, Pyarelal Wadali took his last breath at Amritsar’s Fortis Escorts Hospital. He was 75 years old and was not only popular in India, but around the world for his contribution to the Sufi music.
It’s not only a sad day for the Wadali family and their fans, but also for everyone who has anything to do with the Sufi genre as a whole. There’s so much to the genre than what meets the eye or the ears for that matter.
Wadali Brothers started their career as Bhajan singers and soon transitioned to the mainstream Bollywood with soulful music like Aye Rangrez Mere (Tanu Weds Manu, 2011) and Ik Tu Hi Tu Hi(Mausam, 2011) and their most famous number Tu Maane Ya Na Maane, which they went on to sing as part of Coke Studio, among many others.
Here’s how the fans reacted to Pyarelal Wadali’s demise. While some shared their favourite songs by the duo, others just said a heartfelt thank you. Check out the tweets over here:
Wadali brothers have charmed us with their earthy mix of mystical Sufi poetry and energetic qawwalis, and an endearing sense of humour. Sad to hear of the passing of the younger one, Pyarelal. RIP #PyareLalWadali https://t.co/Si7TPPcubE
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) March 9, 2018
— Harshdeep Kaur (@HarshdeepKaur) March 9, 2018
Punjab De Shahenshah singer #PyarelalWadali Ji who took the Punjabi literature and music to highest levels across the globe leaves this world today. May his soul RIP.
What water is to fish #WadaliBrothers is to Punjab.#Respect #RIP #LegendarySufiSinger pic.twitter.com/6lUKXWBlwN
— Daler Mehndi (@dalermehndi) March 9, 2018
So sad to hear about the demise of #PyarelalWadali sahab due to a cardiac arrest in Amritsar. I have done numerous shows with him. He was such a fine artiste and simple person. Wadali sahab…pray that you are in peace? pic.twitter.com/KBjfPh3dut
— Priya Gupta (@priyagupta999) March 9, 2018
Sh #PyarelalWadali ‘s demise has robbed our nation of a sparkling singing rarity, whose talent transcended the boundaries of space and time! My condolences to the family and millions of fans, who were mesmerized by Sh Wadali's unparalleled Sufi renditions. #RIP
— Sunil Jakhar (@sunilkjakhar) March 9, 2018
A sad moment for the Sufi music world and a personal loss. Have many fond memories of #PyarelalWadali, the younger of the Wadali Brothers fame. His sudden demise has left us all aggrieved. I’ve asked the administration to ensure ceremonial honour for his cremation. pic.twitter.com/4TNvq83mgO
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 9, 2018
— Richa Sharma (@TheRichaSharma) March 9, 2018
Deeply saddened by the demise of Ustad #PyarelalWadali Ji, younger of the famed Wadali Brothers duo. This is a sad day for music industry and music lovers. My heartfelt condolences to his Family, Friends and Followers. May his soul #RIP pic.twitter.com/qwgZfCt4NM
— Chowkidar Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) March 9, 2018
— Praneet ?? (@praneet_18) March 9, 2018
Ustad #PyarelalWadali ji, Entire world will miss you, one of great person who was capable of rising to ecstatic spiritual heights by offering full-throated musical homage to the Almighty through Sufi music.?? #RIP
— सत्येंद्र सिंह सोरौत (@satyendrassingh) March 9, 2018
— Sunil Bharala (@sunilbharala) March 9, 2018
So sad to hear about the demise of #PyarelalWadali sahab due to a cardiac arrest in Amritsar. I have done numerous shows with him. He was such a fine artiste and simple person. Wadali sahab…pray that you are in peace??????? pic.twitter.com/FzGzMwm4kk
— Chowkidar Ajay Sharma (@Ajay61353745) March 9, 2018
My condolences on the passing away of Sufi Singer, #PyareLalWadali ji of the famed Wadali brothers.
He was not just an acclaimed singer, but an extremely gentle human being. Prayers for his family, friends and countless music lovers. May his soul rest in peace. ?? pic.twitter.com/9Sl9w3q3Cd
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 9, 2018
With a long and glorious career that Wadali Brother have, with is your favourite song by them?