Sufi singers Kailash Kher, The Warsi Brothers, Harshdeep Kaur and Kavita Seth mourn the loss of Pyarelal Wadali
Pyarelal Wadali, one half of the celebrated Sufi duo, Wadali Brothers, died of cardiac arrest yesterday morning. The younger brother of singer Puranchand Wadali was 75. He breathed his last at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Amritsar, where he was admitted on Thursday. Pyarelal had not been keeping well for the last few months.
He is survived by his wife, Surjit Kaur, sons, Satpal Singh and Sandeep, anddaughters, Sheela Rani, Raj Rani and Soma Rani. The Sufi artiste’s contemporaries remember the man as a “personification of simplicity”.
I’ve been a fan of the Wadali Brothers since childhood. They had performed in my school in Delhi, and I was blown away by their music. Pyarelalji was loving and humble. It was always a delight to watch him belt out his high-pitched and powerful notes. He would share interesting stories during his performances. I was lucky to share the stage with the Wadali Brothers at a music festival in 2016.
I was fortunate to have performed with Pyarelal Wadaliji for three shows. I have wonderful memories of these concerts because, according to me, he was a true Sufi artiste. He was humble. It’s heartbreaking to hear that he is no more. It’s a loss for the music industry, particularly for the Sufi music genre. May he rest in peace.
The news of his demise is shocking and disappointing. In Mr Pyarelal’s absence, the music of the Wadali Brothers will be missed. I know his family well. I remember, I was once performing in Chandigarh on a rainy day. When I found out that the Wadali Brothers were backstage, I went to meet them. Pyarelalji was a personification of simplicity. It was our first meeting, but it felt like we knew each other for several years. He was jovial and kind.
Nazeer Ahmed Khan Warsi (The Warsi Brothers)
I am shocked to hear the news. I knew Pyarelalji for over two decades. The last time I met him was in Bhopal in 2016. We performed at an event organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. He was fond of us. In fact, my father also performed with them [Wadali Brothers]. Pyarelalji respected us and our family. We will miss him.
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