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:

With a long and glorious career that Wadali Brother have, with is your favourite song by them?

Jyotsna Amla

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