The magic of legendary Sufi singers of Punjab — Wadali Brothers (Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali) — left the audience spellbound at the International Summer Festival at The Ridge in Shimla that came to an end on Sunday.
Though Lakhwinder got only half-an-hour’s slot at the festival, the fifth-generation star of the Wadali family did not disappoint his fans and Sufi music lovers.
“In this limited time, I did try my best to give you (audience) a feel of what Wadali brothers are known for. If I come here next time, I will sing for hours,” he said.
“It was a real treat to listen to the young Wadali,” said Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta, who was the chief guest on the concluding day.
Lakhwinder started with his father’s popular devotional song Tu Mane Ya Na Mane... and then switched over to other Punjab folk numbers.
The festival was held this time in collaboration with Shimla Doordarshan for a live telecast.
Om Guri Dutt Sharma, Station Director, Doordarshan (Shimla), said: “The Shimla summer festival has a glorious history and several big names have performed here since 1960s. Shimla DD feels proud to have been a partner.”
There were complaints this year as no big-budget singers from Bollywood were invited to perform. International figures were also missing.
To this, Deputy Commissioner J S Rana said: “We made a serious effort to promote new talent — whether local or national. Had more funds been made available by the government, or we got sponsors, we would have certainly invited big-budget performers. Yet, with limited resources at our disposal, the festival has been successful.”
[Picture: Wadali Brothers performing at Qutub Festival, Feb 2008. Mehrauli. Photo: Wiki]