Sufi singer Pyarelal Wadali passes away in Amritsar

Well-known Sufi singer Pyarelal Wadali, younger of the two famous Wadali Brothers passed away due to cardiac arrest on Friday in Amritsar. He was suffering from diabetes and kidney-related ailments. He was 65.

On February 26, he was admitted to a local hospital due to diabetes- and kidney-related ailments said his son Satpal Singh, “On Friday at 8.25 am, my father suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.”

Pyarelal is survived by his wife Surjit Kaur, two sons, Satpal and Sandeep Singh, and three daughters, Sheela Rani, Raj Rani and Soma Rani.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the death of Pyarelal Wadali.

#Saddened by the demise of Shri Pyarelal Wadali. His renditions attained great popularity globally. His work will continue to draw people towards the joys of Sufi music. May his soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi

Pyarelal will be cremated at his native village Guru Ki Wadali in Amritsar district.

His partner and guru, elder brother Puran Chand, and the latter’s son, singer Lakhwinder Wadali, were among those who paid their tributes, “Jodi tod gaya! (He has left the pair broken)” wailed the relatives. Puran Chand was quiet in grief.

“The brothers’ love is an example for the world to follow,” said Satpal. “They never sang separately. Every day that my father was in hospital, my uncle Puran Chand visited him. He cancelled many shows in India and abroad.” Terming the Wadali Brothers a “university”, Lakhwinder said, “Ustad Pyarelal Wadali was not only my uncle, but my mentor too.”