Wadali Brothers

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Pyarelal Wadali (1943-2018)

March 10, 2018: The Times of India

Few male singers who perform as brothers displayed the kind of chemistry that the Wadali Bandhu did, perhaps with the exception of ghazal singers Ahmed Hussain and Mohammed Hussain of Jaipur. Unlike the highly interactive Hussain Bandhu, the Wadalis were careful to not exchange glances while performing. Pyarelal once said, “We don’t look at each other while singing together. We can sense each other in our hearts.”

Apart from performing on stage and judging TV reality shows, they had also sung for a few Hindi films, including ‘Pinjar’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and ‘Mausam’.

Pyarelal was a dancer before he took up singing

Long before he became a singer, Pyarelal used to be a dancer in the Krishna Raasleela. He maintained that his music was prayer. Both brothers had trained in the tradition of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the signature short lightning murkis of the Patiala gharana as is evident in their music.

The Sufi lyrics that the brothers chose for their songs spanned a gamut of poets, from Baba Bulle Shah to Sarabjit Sinha. It was this range that drew the likes of director Chandraprakash Dwivedi to experiment with them for Hindi cinema.

In 2003, Dwivedi chose composer Uttam Singh for his magnum opus Pinjar, and suggested he try out the Wadali Brothers.

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