The Wadali Brothers – Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali – are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru Ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, India. Born into the fifth generation of musicians given to singing the messages of Sufi saints, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi singers. While Puranchand Wadali, the elder brother, was a regular in an akhara(English: wrestling ring) for 25 years, Pyarelal contributed to the meager family income by playing the role of Krishna in the village rasleela.
In 2003, they entered Bollywood, rendering music director and writer Gulzar’s soulful lyrics in their unique style in the film Pinjar. They also sang one song in Dhoop. On the cards is a documentary which the Discovery Channel is planning to make on them.
- Aa Mil Yaar
- Ishq Musafir
- Folk Music of Punjab
- Yaad Piya Ki
- Pinjar (2003)
- Dhoop (2003)
- Chikku Bukku (2010, Tamil) Song: “Thooral Nindralum” Sung by: Hariharan, Wadali Brothers
- Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
- Mausam (2011)
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1991.
- Tulsi Award, 1998.
- Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2003.
- Puranchand Wadali was awarded the Padma Shri award by the Government of India, 2005.