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FREE Vol-3 ISSUE-11 November 2016 INDIAN M NTHLY MELBOURNE’S LOCAL INDIAN NEWSPAPER www.indianmonthly.com.au November 2016 / www.bollywoodsun.com Wadali Brothers enthralled crowd in Melbourne Fashion Designer Competition of Australia ARE ARRANGED MARRIAGES SACROSANCT?? AUSTRALIAN PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE BrocadeBox The Perfect Fashion Experience Brocade box has painstakingly researched and designed its outfits with sheer excellence and intricate workmanship to produce exclusive Indian ethnic apparels… 0410 869 227, 0400 988 403 Address: 5/23 Lentini Street, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029 Ø Bollywood style sari with blouse Ø Anarkali Suits Ø Indo-fusion gowns Ø Half Sari Ø Lehnga and Lancha Ø Punjabi suits Ø Salwar suits Ø Dupatta Ø Shawls Ø Clutches Ø Jewelery

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2 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2016 BrocadeBox The Perfect Fashion Experience 0410 869 227, 0400 988 403 Brocade box has painstakingly researched and designed its outfits with sheer excellence and intricate workmanship to produce exclusive Indian ethnic apparels…. ØBollywood style sari with blouse ØAnarkali Suits ØIndo-fusion gowns Ø Half Sari ØLehnga and Lancha Ø Punjabi suits ØSalwar suits ØDupatta ØShawls ØClutches ØJewelery Address: 5/23 Lentini Street, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029 Publisher Yogita Bhardwaj 5/23, Lentini St, Hoppers Crossing, Victoria Ph. 0410869227, 0400988403 Email: avyosa@gmail.com | Website: www.avyosa.com.au Disclaimer: Any material supplied to Indian Monthly Newspaper is at the contributor’s risk. No responsibility will be taken by the Publisher. Opinions published in Indian Monthly Newspaper does not guarantee the authenticity of any advertisement or marketing feature and AVYOSA Pty Ltd. takes no responsibility of any such offence www.indianmonthly.com.au

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4 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2016 Fashion Designer Competition of Australia Fashion Designer Australia organised a Competition for Emerging Designers throughout Australia. This Competition provided an opportunity to these participating designers to showcase their Portfolio on the Fashion Runway! It also gave them chance to attend and learn at a masterclass by Bollywood Fame Celebrity Chitrangada Singh who was the Chief Judge in this fashion designer competition. This contest though founded this year, aims to take place every 18 months. This Competition was supported by various Fashion Guru’s and Makeup Artists. were also encouraged to participate in the competition, as long as they could provide evidence of this. The winners of Fashion Design Competition 2016 are: Rupinder Kaur Batra- first prize Hina Amit- second prize Nina Hans Singh- third prize Other participants were Sukhjit Kaur, Jennifer Paul and Vishal Modi. All the six de-signers were awesome. Judges remarked it was a tough decision to make. All de-signers were extremely talented. The aim of this event was to acknowledge budding designers through media and also provide them with the opportunity to market their collections. Candidates who have not had the opportunity to launch their collections but have ability or even years’ experience in the fashion industry The criteria of judging were creativity, originality, confidence, elegance, practicality, use of accessories and many more. Bollywood celebrity Chitrangada Singh was a big attraction as the Chief www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 5 Judge. Along with her Yogita Bhardwaj, Designer/Owner at Brocade Box and Malith Parera who is an accountant by profession judged the fashion designers. A big shout out to Nitin Gursahani, Dr Sonia Singh and Mihir Shah for organising this unique event. This Fashion Designer Competition gave a massive platform to budding fashion designers. It helped the community acknowledge their creativity and designs. Another unique event called Makeup Competition is also being organised by the same team. Melbourne can’t wait to watch live makeup applications in this competi-tion. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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6 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2016 Ayurveda- What’s your dominant dosha? According to Ayurvedic philosophies, we should align our diet to our dosha body type. Our bodies are made up of three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. So which is your dominant dosha, how well balanced are all three? And what foods suit your doshic makeup? Our guide to identifying and eating in accordance with your doshas will help keep your body and mind in check. The ancient practice of Ayurveda believes we’re made up of three different ‘body types’that correspond to our physical and personality traits, known as doshas. These are: vata, pitta and kapha, each of which represents two of the five www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 7 universal elements (a combination of ether, air, fire, water, earth). Ayurvedic philosophies believe we each contain varying proportions of each dosha, generally one or two in dominance. Our naturally dominant dosha does not signify imbalance, but rather how – or who – we are in our most healthy, balanced state. Mind-body health and harmony may be challenged when any of the doshas become aggravated or imbalanced. Identifying your predominant dosha and potential imbal-ances, which an Ayurvedic practitioner can assist with, is the secret to keeping your mind-body balance in check. According to GP and Ayurvedic therapist at Bondi’s Ayurvedic Wellness Centre (www. ayurvedicwellnesscentre.com. au), Dr Shaun Matthews, dosha types typically display varying characteristics, such as: Vata-Light build, Naturally creative, Sensitive, Prefer warm, humid climates, Dry skin Pitta- Medium, muscular build, Productive, hard-working, Irritable, Prefer cold cli-mates, Fair skin Kapha- Heavy build, Stable, methodical, Easy-going, Prefer warm, dry climates, Oily skin Equal proportions of two (‘bidoshic) or all doshas (‘tridoshic’) is also possible. Regardless of body type, imbalances of any dosha can occur in response to lifestyle factors. Consider this: naturally athletic pittas can lose weight due to vata excess, or gain weight as a result of kapha excess. Ayurveda repairs imbalances predominantly with herbal remedies, warm oil massages, yoga, and lifestyle changes, particularly diet. The Ayurvedic diet identifies six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astrin-gent. Each taste has different energetic effects on the mind and body; either aggravat-ing or pacifying particular doshas. For example, considering Ayurveda’s theory of ‘like increase like’, someone with pitta excess may add fuel to the fire by consuming hot, spicy foods. Sydney-based Sasha Kahan, 29, recently experienced a rejuvenating diet overhaul to combat vata excess during a month-long stay at Kerala’s Somatheeram Ayurvedic Retreat (www.somatheeram.org). “My diet was strictly vegetarian and no cold drinks were consumed. The benefits be-came quickly apparent,” recalls Kahan. “I was physically and mentally exhausted when I’d arrived, but by week three I’d lost four kilograms, was doing yoga head-stands, and enjoying undisturbed sleep and a calmer mind.” “When vata is aggravated, your system becomes irregular and depleted, which affects weak organs and tissues,” explains Dr Rama Prasad from Chatswood’s Ayurveda Elements. Additional signs of vata imbalance are Constipation, Dehydration, Anxious, Craving warmth, Frequent viral infection, Weight loss and Disturbed sleep Excessive consumption of bitter, astringent and spicy tastes contribute to vata imbal-ance. Prasad recommends pacifying with sweet, sour and salty tastes and warm, moist, easily digestible foods like: • Boiled or steamed starchy vegetables (moderate broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and leafy vegetables) • Ripe fruits • Warm milk (moderate dairy) • Soupy grains: rice, wheat • Mild spices: cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, coriander, salt, cloves, mustard, black pepper • Tea: camomile, fennel, ginger, liquorice, lemon “Nourishing soups, casseroles and dahls are great for balancing vata, particular dur-ing winter,” suggests Dr Matthews. He further said, “When pitta is unbalanced, you can become aggressive and irritable. Internalising that fire can increase your self-critic, resulting in perfectionism”. Additional signs of pitta imbalance are Diarrhoea, Over-heating, profuse sweating , Colourful, violent dreams, Excessive hunger, Frequent bacterial infections and Heartburn Dr Prasad believes pitta imbalance may result from excessive alcohol or hot, spicy, oily, fried, salty, fermented foods. He suggests rebalancing with sweet, bitter and as-tringent tastes and cool, heavy foods including: • Boiled, steamed, raw vegetables • Sweet fruits • Moderate amounts of dairy • Soupy grains: rice, wheat, barley, oats • Mild, cooling spices: coriander, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, mint • Tea: fennel, camomile, peppermint, spearmint, liquorice, red clover “When kapha is unbalanced, there is a tendency for mental and physical stagnation. Stimulation of all kinds helps to avoid that heavy, lethargic feeling,” advises Dr Mat-thews. Additional signs of kappa imbalance are Sluggish bowels, Procrastination, Craving warmth, spicy foods, Frequent candida, Water retention, Weight gain and Excessive sleep. Dr Prasad advises excessive food consumption can contribute to kapha imbalance, and recommends a light, warm, low-fat diet of pungent, bitter and astringent tastes like: • Boiled, steamed, raw vegetables • Ripe fruits (except banana) • Fat-free buttermilk (other dairy reduced) • Grains: corn, millet, rye, oats, barley, wheatbran • Strong spices: pepper, paprika, salt, garlic, basil, cloves, allspice, fennel, mustard, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper • Honey instead of sugar • Tea: cinnamon, fenugreek, peppermint, raspberry In the wise world of Ayurveda, you really are what you eat; so discover and dine for your dosha to restore holistic health of hips, head and heart. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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10 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2016 VARIOUS INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS IN AUSTRALIA Federation of Indian Association of Victoria Mr. Vasan Srinivasan Designation: President Address : 3/85, Foster Street, Dandenong, VIC 3150 E-mail: president@fiav.asn.au Australia India Society of Victoria Dr. Gurdip Aurora Designation : President Address : No.7, Waverley Street, Brighton East, VIC 3189 E-mail : gaurora@ozemail.com.au Australia India Business Council Mr. Ravi Bhatia Designation : President (Melbourne) Address : 144 Kooyong Road, Toorak VIC 3142 E-mail : rbhatia@sonaar.com.au Celebrate India Inc Mr. Arun Sharma Designation : Chairman Address : 81, Nordic Avenue, Taylors Lake VIC 3038 E-mail : ajnr99@gmail.com Australian Indian Innovations Inc Mr. Yogen Lakshman Designation : Trustee Address : Unit 6, 1-5 Breanne Place, Keysborough VIC 3173 E-mail : ylakshman@bigpond.com Hindi Shiksha Sangh Dr. Narendra Agrawal Designation : Public Officer E-mail : nkagrawal41@gmail.com Rajasthani Kutumb of Victoria Inc. Mr. Sandeep Agrawal Designation : President Address : Unit 9/8-10 Summerhill Road, Glen Iris, VIC 3146 E-mail : president@rajkov.org Indian Tamil Association of Victoria Mr. Ashton Ashokkumar Designation : Vice President Address : 264 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong VIC 3175 E-mail : ashton_melbourne@ hotmail.com Indo Australian Friendship Council Inc Mr. Manjit Singh Aujla Designation : President Address : 13 Trafaglar Court, Narre Warren VIC 3805 E-mail : aujla.media@gmail.com Bengali Society of Melbourne Inc. Mr Siddhartha Banerjee Designation : Secretary Address : PO Box 1620 Werribee VIC 3030 E-mail : info@bsm.org.au Uttaranchal Society of Australia Mr. Virender Bist Designation : President Address : 492 White Horse Rd Surrey Hills VIC 3127 E-mail : virender.s.bist@gmail.com DISHA Ms. Tara Chandramouli Designation : President Address : 12 Lemon Road North Balwyn VIC 3104 E-mail : tarachandramouli@hotmail. com The East West Overseas Aid Foundation Dr. Natteri V. Chandran Designation : Founder and Chair, Board of Trustees Address : 6th Floor, Druid’s House, 407-409 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000 E-mail : chandran@chandran.com. au Shirdi Sai Sansthan Mr. Arun Chauhan Designation : Vice President Address : 32 Halley Avenue, Camberwell VIC 3124 E-mail : arun@shiva.net.au Indian Family Relationship Services Dr. Muktesh Chibber Designation : Founder Address : 867 Doncaster Road Doncaster East VIC 3109 E-mail : counsellingindians@gmail. com Kalamandir School of Dances Mr.Bijoy Das Designation : President Address : 24 Abbeygate Street Oakleigh VIC 3166 E-mail : nupurau@gmail.com Odiya Community (ORIOZ) Mr Sambit Das Designation : President (Victoria State) E-mail : Sambit.Das@emerson.com VHP of Australia Inc (Vic chapter) Ms. Geeta Devi Designation : President E-mail : sri_gd2004@yahoo.com.au New Zealand Australia Punjabi Cultural Association Mr. Jasvir S Dharni Designation : Secretary E-mail : j.dharni@nzauspca.org.au Victorian Sikh Association Mr. Harvin Dhillon Designation : President Address : PO Box 161, Mulgrave VIC 3170 E-mail : hdhillon@hotmail.com.au Natraj Cultural Centre Mr. Mohinder Dhillon Designation : President Address : President Natraj Cultural Centre 54, Rodger Road Panton Hill, VIC 3759 E-mail : president@nataraj.org.au Federation of Indian Womens’ Assocaition of Australia FIWAA Mrs Madhu Dudeja Designation : President Address : 20 Bent Street Bentleigh VIC 3204 E-mail : fiwaa@fiwaa.org.au NTTF Alumni Association of Victoria Mr. Gangadhar Bevinakoppa www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 11 (Gandhi) Designation : Chairman Address : 2 Braeside Drv Braeside VIC 3195 E-mail : gandhi@bevplastics.com. au Sindhi Association of Victoria Mr. Gopal Ganwani Designation : President E-mail : gopal.Ganwani@coles. com.au Sharda Kala Kendra Mr. Radhey Shyam Gupta Designation : Coordinator Address : 272 Church Road, Braeside VIC 3106 E-mail : radheygupta@optusnet. com.au Bangla Sahitya Sansad Mr. Ranjan Gupta Designation : President Address : 19 Jenola Parade Wantirna South, VIC 3152 E-mail : ranjang58@gmail.com Punjab Warriors Sports and Cultural Club Mr. Jagjit Singh Gurm Designation : President Address : 14 Research drive Mill Park VIC 3082 E-mail : jagsingh5@yahoo.com.au World Malayalee Council Inc. Mr. David Hitler Designation : President Address : 8 Wannan Crt, South Clayton VIC 3169 E-mail : h_fdavid@yahoo.com.au Melbourne Kabadi Academy Mr. Jas Hothi Designation : President Address : 75, Alexander Avenue Thomastown VIC 3074 E-mail : sahebinternational29@ hotmail.com Yatra Foundation Mr. Sanjay Jain Designation : Co-Founder Address : 9 Tullamarine Park Rd Tullamarine VIC 3043 E-mail : sjain@texaspeak.com.au The Goan Overseas Association of Victoria Mr.Chris Da Costa Designation : President Address : 3 Mackinnon court Attwood VIC 3049 Tel : 0409957072 Website : www.goav.org.au Ramgarhia Association of Victoria Inc. Mr Balwant Singh Jandu Designation : President E-mail : admin@ramgarhia.com.au Sri Guru Nanak Satsang Sabha (Blackburn Gurudwara) Mr. Paramjit Jaswal Designation : Secretary Address : 127 Whitehorse Road Blackburn VIC 3130 E-mail : secretary@ gurdwarablackburn.com.au Tamilar Inc. Mr. Ganesh Jaygan Designation : President E-mail : vanakkam@tamilar.org.au Association of Young Indian Talents of Australia Inc Mr. Nagesh Joshi Designation : President Address : 131 Sunset Views Boulevard Tarneit VIC 3029 E-mail : joshi.com.au@gmail.com South Asian Community Link Group - Australasia Mr. Deepak Vinayak JP Designation : Secretary Address : 21 Flagstaff Loop Craigieburn VIC 3064 E-mail : deepakvinayak@hotmail. com Sri Durga Temple Mr. Hari Julka Designation : Secretary Address : 705-715 Neale Road Rockbank VIC 3335 E-mail : hari@kiw.com.au Maharashtra Mandal Victoria Inc Ms. Manalini Kane Designation : President E-mail : mmvic.president@gmail. com Indian Senior Citizens Forum (Sewa International Australia) Mrs Nirmal Kanta Designation : President E-mail : auplishsk@yahoo.com.au Simply Equal Ms. Ravneet Kaur Designation : CEO/Founder E-mail : ravekaur@gmail.com Australian Punjabi Association Mr. Harbhajan Singh Khaira Designation : President Address : GPO Box 94NBlackburn VIC 3130 E-mail : satnam.sarai01@gmail.com Rachana Natyalaya Ms. Archana Koorthy Designation : Artistic Director E-mail : koorthy@yahoo.com Federation of Indian Music & Dance Victoria Mr. Murali Kumar Designation : President Address : 13 Earls Court Wantirina South VIC 3152 E-mail : violinmurali@outlook.com Telugu language and culture foundation of Australia inc. Ms. Hyma Vulpala Designation : President Phone : 0421435055 E-mail : tlcfaus@gmail.com Facebook :www.facebook.com/tlcfaus www.indianmonthly.com.au

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12 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2016 AUSTRALIAN PREMIER CRICKET LEAGUE APCL is a Private T20 This will enhance the game’s their players and henceforth will be given an opportunity Cricket League based in popularity within the country decide independently upon to exhibit their talent at such Melbourne, presenting and will allow more people- the Captaincy and players of a prestigious nationwide you the opportunity to buy community involvement, their teams. platform. your team name and make at local, state and national This Event will be graced it ready to compete in the level. The Launch night shall by the presence of various Person Behind APCL Championship in 2017. The be full of entertainment by Local and Federal Members AVNIESH BHARDWAJ: winning team will get a multicultural performers. of Parliament. Entrepreneur; Founder of cash price of $25,000/- plus Prize categories shall be Yabs since 2004; Owner- attractive gifts. Cricket is one of the most announced at the launch with Yabs Pty Ltd- Yabs Business popular sports in Australia the top cash prize for the Consultants, Yabs Finance, Cricket is one of the most played at different levels; winning team being $25,000. Yabs Migration; Owner- Top popular sports in Australia domestic, local and Security Lockers. played at different levels; international. APCL’s commitment domestic, local and towards CHARITY stands How this event benefits international. Due to its huge Due to its huge popularity with its association with community? popularity in all regions in all regions of Australia, RAMON HELPS INC • It acts as a platform of Australia, Cricket is Cricket is also referred as Australia. This association for many players to exhibit also referred as Australia’s Australia’s National Sport. shall be acknowledged at their sport skills. National Sport. Cricket has Cricket has been played the launch. APCL is proud • APCL’s support to been played in Australia in Australia for over 210 to support a great cause and Ramon Helps Inc would for over 210 years now and years now and contrastingly will not hesitate to extend a make a positive difference in contrastingly Australia holds Australia holds some of hand of help. its campaign to stop violence some of the major dominant the major dominant names against women. names amongst the history amongst the history of APCL Supports Local • APCL aims to bring of Cricket worldwide. Cricket worldwide. Players wider community together. APCL believes in growing In order to appreciate and All teams are registered with hand in hand within the Note: APCL is a private and acknowledge the passion of APCL. community by supporting independently owned T20 Cricket lovers in the country, Up to 16 teams will be sold local sportsmen. Through League. It has no association APCL will be launched in (NAME ONLY). There after Australian Premier Cricket with Cricket Australia or Australia in January 2017. teams’ owners shall choose League, the young players Cricket Victoria. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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Australian Premier Cricket League AuCsrtricaklieatnLPearegmueier APCL Welcomes Amita Gill as Owner of Melbourne Knights Australian Premier Cricket League Ajay Mysore owner of Elite Medical & Dental Group has bought Middle Park Raiders Media Partner: CONTACT: Mobile: 0397 495 544 , 0400 988 402 EMAIL: mail@apclmelbourne.com.au, WEBSITE: www.apclmelbourne.com.au

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14 INDIAN MONTHLY | NOVEMBER 2016 ARE ARRANGED MARRIAGES SACROSANCT?? We have always heard of debates on Love marriages versus Arranged marriages. But here we are contemplating the success of Arranged marriages. It isn’t wise to consider something as inviolable just because a mind-boggling number of people have participated in it for long years. Given any chance we are bound to see people trying to sell one concept of love over another - as more efficient, as more long-lasting, as more appealing. For a long time, we›ve all heard arranged marriages being glorified as the secret behind low divorce rates. Very interestingly, though, year after year, divorce rates in urban India keep rising. This is least to say that these rates will still be found to be rising, if we consider only arranged marriages. If involvement of your families was the «save marriage» button, that wouldn›t be happening. We can never really know if arranged marriages work. People who outsource what was possibly the biggest decision in their lives could turn out to be a disaster. Many men or women in their 40s to 50s would readily admit that they have spent decades with someone they couldn›t find love for. Add to that the exhausting inertia one feels after trying to find some beauty in a loveless bond, day after day. A lot of people just stick with it to escape family disapproval they›ll be faced with. To an outsider, they might have just celebrated a silver jubilee but to the couple, it could be the 25 years they lost. It’s not that all arranged marriages are a high-risk gamble. However, what meets the eye is seldom - and in the case of something as sensitive as marriage, rarely - the entire truth. Of course there are people who believe that involving extended families right from inception of marriage process to trying times can save marriages. Support from friends and family is undoubtedly crucial. But mending a «mistake» with some social disapproval and emotional blackmail does not change it literally. It will still be a mistake and it just adds a few more years to it. This makes it seem like the «right thing to do» to people who have no idea of what it actually entails. Sadly, looking at love marriages, just the reverse seems to happen in India and some other countries. We often see love marriages being turned into a war zone right from the tell-the-parents night. People you grew up with and look up to almost consciously give their approval. But unconsciously some are praying that the biggest turning point in your life should not work out well. All because you›ve snatched away their right to find or short-list a spouse for you. This is just one of the reasons that vitiates a love marriage even before it begins. That still doesn›t absolve love marriages of their common delusions, and they are many. It’s just that they exist as the silent denials of an arranged marriage. It›s one of those questions in life that no one else can really answer for you. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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NOVEMBER 2016 | INDIAN MONTHLY 15 Wadali Brothers enthralled crowd in Melbourne Wadali›s Australia Tour was organised by Sukhjit Singh Aulakh and Jagdeep Singh to celebrate Diwali Fair in Australia. The show was held in four cities- Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. singers. While Puranchand Wadali, the elder brother, was a regular in an akhara (wrestling ring) for 25 years, Pyarelal contributed to the meagre family income by playing the role of Krishna in the village rasleela. not pass muster. Disappointed, they decided to make a musical offering at the Harballabh temple, where an executive of All India Radio, Jalandhar, spotted them and recorded their first song. genres of music. They live in their ancestral house in Guru Ki Wadali, and teach music to those who promise to preserve it. They do not charge their disciples, and lead a very simple life devoted to the divine one. The Melbourne Show was organised on 29 October at Sandown Racecourse, Sandown Park. It was a alcohol free event. There was plenty of kids› entertainment, food stalls and other business stalls. 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, the Wadali brothers dabbled in the most unexpected of professions before they became Sufi Their father, Thakur Das, forced Puranchand into music. Puranchand studied music from celebrated masters like Pandit Durga Das and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan of the Patiala Gharana. Pyarelal was trained by his elder brother, whom he considers his mentor and guru even today. Their first musical performance outside their village was in Harballabh Temple in Jalandhar. In 1975, the duo went to Jalandhar to perform at the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan but was not allowed to sing because their appearance did Puran Chand Wadali was awarded with Padam Shri Award by Government of India in 2005. Various awards won by Wadali Brothers areSangeet Natak Akademi Award 1991; Tulsi Award 1998; Life Achievement Award in PTC Awards in Jalandhar 2015. 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. The Wadali Brothers sing in the gurbani, kafi, ghazal and bhajan They believe in the Sufi tradition deeply. They consider themselves as a medium through which the preaching of great saints is passed on to others. They have never indulged commercially, and they have only a handful of recordings to their name (mostly from live concerts). They believe in singing freely as homage to the divine one. They do not feel very comfortable in using electronic gadgets in their music, and stress on Alap and Taans. They believe that spiritual heights can only be attained if you sing unreservedly, in a free atmosphere. www.indianmonthly.com.au

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