12032018-JTR-01.qxd 3/12/2018 12:33 AM Page 1 MONDAY | 12 MARCH 2018 | JALANDHAR JALANDHAR TRIBUNE Ageless wonders Punjab and punjabiat Stunning style Age is just a number for marathon runners Fauja Singh and Mann Kaur. P2 Thought-provoking conversations dominate Day 2 of World Punjabi Conference. P3 Actress Hina Khan is on an award winning spree. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 30°C MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 30°C MIN 12.1°C | SUNSET MONDAY 6.28 PM SUNRISE TUESDAY 6.35 AM LACK OF AMENITIES FOR EIGHT YEARS Indra Puram residents to move court against JIT Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, March 11 Members of the Indra Puram Welfare Society unanimously decided to file a court case against the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) today at a meeting held here on the Indra Puram, Master Gurbanta Singh Enclave premises. The residents of Indra Puram Master Gurbanta Singh Enclave decried that even after making several requests to the JIT officials, demanding quick redress of their grievances, the JIT had failed to provide basic amenities at the complex even after eight years. Sick of the red tape, they are now left with no option but to file their complaint in court and seek justice. The members of Indra Puram Welfare Society said, “They would collectively move court on March 25 and file a case against the JIT as they have now given enough warnings to the JIT, but of no use.” As per the residents, a 40foot approach road was promised at the venue, while the given road is only 11-foot wide. They said the trust authorities had ditched them by giving them wrong information about the site as the complex did not even have a proper sewerage system. KL Arora, secretary, coordination, Gurbanta Singh Enclave Indrapuram, said, “The JIT officials never stay true to their words. They had been fooling residents of Indrapuram for many years. There are a total of 888 flats in our area. The JIT had promised us separate entrance of 40ft wide road, but just 11 ft road was given which too is now blocked. We had been tired of complaining to the officials, but received no response so far.” “We have decided to take the matter to the court and we all will be filing complaint against the same on March 25. Till then, we demand quick solution to our problems and we ask the JIT to complete the work that lies in the same state for the past many years,” he added. Another resident said, “How can we stay here as there is no proper electricity, roads, street lights and water and sewerage connections? We had even approached ministers and as well officials of JIT so many times on the issue, but no action has so far been taken in the matter.” Grand finale Prof’s body found Meanwhile, the marriage of Professor Dilbagh Singh’s Bholath, March 11 son was also fixed for today, The body of Professor Dil- which was postponed after bagh Singh (50), who had Singh’s body was found. The gone missing since early Fri- body was found in a very bad day, was found near the rail- state. The family said it was way lines, 200m away from not aware regarding what the Kartarpur railway station, had happened and termed it this morning. a case of murder for loot as On March 9, a missing Dilbagh was carrying Rs report had been filed 9,000 with him. by the victim’s famiBalwinder Singh, ly at the Bholath SHO, Bholath police police station. station, said, “The A close associate of missing report was Professor Dilbagh filed on March 9 and Singh informed we tried locating him Jalandhar Tribune Professor through his number. that Dilbagh Singh Dilbagh Singh Singh received a had left his house on number of calls on Friday morning at around 9 to March 8 from his colleagues bring some grocery after and family members, while no which he never returned. calls after 9:10 am were traced When he did not return till from the number as phone evening and was not receiving was switched off.” The postany calls, they searched for mortem report would reveal him at various places, includ- the real picture, but no injury ing hospitals and police sta- marks were found on the tions. As their efforts to find body. The wrist watch of the him failed, they filed a miss- professor and Rs 9,000 which ing complaint with the police he was carrying had been in this regard, he added. recovered, the SHO added. Our Correspondent Two die under mysterious circumstances Various cultural and sports events being held at the closing ceremony of the 56th Punjab Police Games & Athletics Meet-2018 in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTOS: SARABJIT SINGH (STORY P2) Phagwara: One aged man identified as Jarnail Singh was reportedly found dead in mysterious circumstances in Nangal village near Phillaur today. The Phillaur police have registered a case and sent the dead body to the Phillaur Civil Hospital. An unidentified body of a young man was found in mysterious circumstances near KG Resorts Phagwara on the Phagwara- Hoshiarpur Road on Sunday afternoon. Though the cause of death could not be known, the police have registered a case. OC Pyarelal Wadali – Jalandhar remembers wit, simplicity and Sufi wisdom Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 11 During an appearance of the trio – Wadali brothers and Lakhwinder Wadali – in Jalandhar for the promotion of the trio’s album “Naina De Buhe”, Pyarelal Wadali’s take on “shrotas” (audience) was – “There are two kinds of audiences, one like the ‘chanani’ (sieve) and another like the ‘chajj’ (winnower). While the former takes in the superficial elements and discards the substantial elements, the latter recognises and retains substance, doing away with the noisy, insignificant aspects of a musical package.” From their appearance at the wedding of Sufi singer Ustad Puran Shahkoti to their jokes which left the DD team in splits during show recordings, the city’s musi- The Harivallabh dream ■ The duo had an aspiration to sing at the Harivallabh Sangeet Sammelan, which was left unfulfilled with them being disallowed from singing at the festival in 1975. According to them, they had been disallowed entry to the Sammelan due to their appearance. ■ President of the Shri Baba Harivallabh Sangeet Committee, Purnima Beri, says, “This incident is oft-mentioned and it is pretty unfortunate since we can’t do anything about it. As per the Harivallabh’s constitution, only trained classical singers can be allowed to sing at the festival. Despite the fact that they were trained in Patiala and Punjab Gharana traditions, their recognition and forte as Sufi singers prevented the Harivallabh from according a stage to such legends. But with the demise of Pyarelal Wadali, the loss to the Sufi music legacy of Punjab is irreparable.” cal circles, which have upheld and celebrated the singing of the Wadali brothers, are silently grieving the passing away of the legendary Ustad Pyarelal Wadali, which has left a vacuum in the heart of the Sufi tradition of Punjab. Following the demise of Pyarelal, musicians assess the damage the passing of the younger brother has caused to the Punjabi folk and Sufi traditions. Ustad Puran Shahkoti rues, “The Wadali brothers were known for the magic of their duet. It is hard to imagine Puran Chand Wadali singing solo. Even when he sings now, I’m sure the feeling of loss of his brother whom he fervently loved would be overwhelming. It is a huge loss.” Weaving the magic of a treasured collection of carefully gleaned Sufi “kaafis” and poetry into rare rustic “swar lagaavs” – the melancholy ridden, transcendental strains of the Wadali brothers have no parallels in the popular Sufi legacy of Punjab, c m y b especially in the contemporary times. Bred in the “pehelwani” tradition, their tryst and beginning in music was always a matter of spirit – than commerce. A principle they have always remained committed to. Jaswant Deed, who was assistant director at Doordarshan Jalandhar and retired as Director, Doordar- shan Shimla, who shot many recordings with the Wadali Brothers, said, “They had this characteristic rustic charm, which used to lighten the atmosphere during recordings. We would quieten the cameraman and the technicians and they suddenly cracked a joke which would leave everyone in splits. We would have to cut the session many times but by the end of it, we would be laughing so hard that there would literally be tears in our eyes,” Deed said. “They even sung a composition “Saada vi ek vaari” written by me during the New Year and had such an instinctive understanding of the needs of the medium that they rendered it in their characteristic semi-classical style within the threeminute time slot without compromising on the enter- tainment factor,” he added. Famous Sufi exponent of Punjab Ustad Puran Shahkoti recalled they had visited his wedding. “I have great respect for the duo. We were great friends. I had invited them to my wedding and they also sung there. All their lives they stayed true to the unique ethos of the ‘ Kaafi’ and Sufi singing. There has been a tradition of duos in Punjab, but as has always been seen – after the demise of one – that same mood will be hard recreate even if the solo performer attains newer heights. A similar pair will never be seen in Punjab.” Harjit Singh, former programme executive with the DD Jalandhar, said, “It’s a big loss for Punjab. They were introduced to the DD by Santosh Mishra. They stepped into the Punjabi music scene when it was veering towards disco and pop music. They rendered sprit and substance to the scenario, colouring Punjab in their music strains. Pyarelal Wadali has left Punjab with a huge loss.” Classical exponent Ustad BS Narang said, “Wadali brothers have this huge and rare treasure of the ‘kalaams’ of the Sufi poets of Punjab. Although they aren’t classical singers, they were trained in the Patiala Gharana lineage by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and their strains were open (not raga based) but semi-classical. One half of this unique combination is gone. The Sufi wisdom, the insight and the spirited intuition of the brothers which gleaned the best of Sufi trying them in a unique melody – half the magic is gone.”
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