Famous Sufi singers — Padmashree Ustad Puran Chand Wadali and brother Ustad Pyare Lal Wadali — will regale Patnaites during the Patna Saheb Mahotsava, at the Mangal Talab ground in Patna Sahib on Tuesday evening. Invited by the Bihar government, the Wadali brothers along with a seven-member cultural troupe would perform on the eve of Baishakhi festival, Wadali brothers’ manager Yogesh Bansal said.
“Music lovers would enjoy the Sufi songs sung by the two brothers,”a state tourist official said. The Wadali brothers are also into Gurbani, ghazals and bhajans. The Wadali brothers need no introduction. They are Sufi singers and musicians from the village ‘Guru ki Wadali’, the birthplace of Dhan Dhan Shree Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji (the sixth Guru of Sikhs) in Amritsar district.
“Though neither of them went to school for formal education, the Wadali brothers have come to occupy the position of masters in the music world, largely because of their dedicated approach to learning and understanding the great Indian classical music which runs in their blood,”Bansal told TOI over phone. They live in their ancestral house in Guru ki Wadali, and teach music to those who promise to preserve it. They do not charge any money from their disciples, and lead a simple life.
“They believe in the Sufi tradition. They have never indulged in commercial activities and there are only a handful of their recordings (of mostly live concerts). They believe in singing freely as a homage to the divine one,” Bansal said and added they do not feel comfortable in using electronic gadgets in their music and stress on ‘alaap’ and ‘taan’.
They recently rendered their voice to Gulzar’s soulful lyrics in Bollywood movie ‘Pinjar’. The Wadali brothers have also performed in several cultural programmes in the USA, UK, Canada, Pakistan, Dubai and Singapore, among others.