Praful Dave – The Lord Of Gujarati Cinema And Folk Music!

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Praful Dave – The Pride Of Gujarat!

Last night I happened to be at Praful Dave’s live Dayro (the Gujarati way of telling folklores) program at the Town Hall, Ahmedabad. Though, I had no definite info if he was performing there or not, I decided to have a chance and was handsomely rewarded in the due course by him and his colleagues with three soothing, musical hours. I personally rate Prafulbhai, as he is fondly called by his die hard fans and co-musicians, at par with some of the best bygone Hindi music legends. To make it simpler, let me name Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh. The only difference being Dave doesn’t cater to the wider Hindi-Urdu speaking audiences of this subcontinent. The rest, in my opinion, remains the same. He can move and mesmerized you and drag you into ecstasy with his ever lengthening ALAAPs and mystical voice. He can generate the same euphoria and passion that any other virtuoso might happen to instill in you.

prafuldave1.jpgAnd those loving his genre of music do appreciate it by attending most of his Dayro programs. Remember, this was the age of multi-million Bollywood flicks, cricket leagues and a society that was fast getting influenced by the western culture. Yet Praful Dave’s listeners, however limited in strength, are a buoyant entity. They make a point by attending his Dayros throughout Gujarat and elsewhere. They seem to be reminding him, he was the sole lord of Gujarati folk arena…none else could reach his stature!

prafuldave2.jpgAnd the master also kept his fans duly entertained by breaking into impromptu folk gyrations last night. He also experimented with various folk music sub-styles from within Gujarat. He thanked the audience by saying, it was always motivating to watch die hard Gujarati Lok Sahitya and Sangeet fans around. “The love, honor and recognition attained to one’s SURAs and RAGAs were more precious as compared to any monetary rewards gained in the process,” he said. Roughly four to five hundred people made it there by paying various entry fees that they would hardly cough out otherwise, but for watching a Hindi movie or a ODI cricket game.

Also, on the dais was Harsur Ghadhvi, another Dayro exponent and somebody, who could make you laugh without barriers. I missed out most of what he said though. In fact, I did not understand most of what Praful Dave sang either, since most of it was rhymed in the regional dialects from withing Gujarat and I, originally from North India, could still not claim to know anything else apart from SHUDDH (pure) Gujarati. This, despite having lived in Ahmedabad for over 35 years. My bad luck or lack of sincerity, whatever!

But, the way I listened to KK’s magical singing while growing up, so did I do to Praful Dave’s melodious voice – he is far younger compared to the Bengali legend though. As a result, I carried the influences of both these singers since my early life. I must also add here, there may be a whole generation of folk music lovers, specially in the interiors of Gujarat, who might wish to trace back their youthful and romantic days in the annals of Prafulbhai’s genre of music, since the late 70s. This should tell non-Gujaratis, why I could be hailing this man so much!

Watch out two cellphone videos recorded at the Town Hall by me. The video quality is poor, a friendly caution.

Praful Dave’s Live Dayro At Town Hall, Ahmedabad – 1

Praful Dave’s Live Dayro At Town Hall, Ahmedabad – 2

Those interested can have a better video to watch here.

Find more about Praful Dave here.

49 thoughts on “Praful Dave – The Lord Of Gujarati Cinema And Folk Music!”

  1. FIRST iWOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT praful DAVES DUHAS ARE OF TOP QUALITY AND HE IS VERY ENTERTAINING AND HE IS ONLY dayro artist who can take the audience to crecendo.IWOULD LIKE TO HAVE HIS ADDRESS AND PHONE NO. PLEASE. also please tell me where I an purchase Dayro video cassets in Rajkot. I regularly watch dayros programmes on Door darshan gujarati.Thank you.

  2. Hi Ramesh,
    Praful Dave lives at Bopal, Ahmedabad, I’m told. However, I do not have his number or address right now. Will try to find out somebody who can help me in this regard.

  3. The gujrati lenguage is loosing her identety,day by day,in the position the PRAFUL DAVE is the only person who can save the culture of GUJRAT with fully support of real gujrati’s.

    JENE MARI VAT SAMJATI NATHI TE GUJRATI NATHIM,E GAME TE HOI PAN GUJRATI NATHI.

    jai gujrat.

  4. hiiiii
    thanks ishaniii
    this site is very nice because we all are never forgot our gujarat but we are more miss than u all guys because we are not with our “”DHARTI MAA””but we r in australia.
    pan sache mane ane pradip ne to DAYRO buvj game che after all jo darbaro dayra nai jove to kon jose we like this too much…..this site spread our GUJARATI CULTURE in all over the world……..
    thanks…
    pan tu tara dady ne kyare kais k aiya australia ma aavine DAYRO karo tame ame pan enjoy kariaene ho…tu mara vati puchis ne aemne??? bol???ane ha mane reply aapvanu na bhulti hoooo

  5. Hmm… 😐 some Praful Dave kins here? Thanks guys for paying a visit to my weblog. This blogger feels highly encouraged by your presence. Btw, ask Prafulbhai to pardon my copyrights violation, if you could, since there is no other way out. Concerned media houses do not care whether I existed or not. I have tried contacting Saregama India Ltd in the recent past, so I know it. Nor do I want to disappoint my website visitors, who have been awaiting to listen to Gujarati numbers. This copyrights violation may have to carry on, until I began receiving more traffic. Those concerned should bear with it. Welcome again and keep visiting. My website is euphoric to have you all. :)

  6. This site is very nice to keep in touch so quickly with all of our Gujarati friends. Praful Dave is always has been and always will be my favorite Gujarati singer and always wanted to meet him in person when I was in India. But my dream came true when I met him in person in Atlanta Georgia at the Navratri time 6 years ago.

  7. hi you all,
    some one can post the gujarati bhajan…PARVATI NA PRAN NATH,NACHE SADASHIV BUM BUM BHOLE….
    i dont know the name of singer..but its Shiv-bhajan..
    Plsease post mp3 bhajan of that..
    If not than where i can find it..
    Abhar….
    dodia

  8. Can you find a old Gujarati folk song ‘”Haaji kasam Taari Veejali”
    and post it.

  9. hello mr.dodia…….parvatina pran nath song is from bum bu bhole t rax company.ahmedabad……praful dave is singer of that song…if u want that c.d i’ll give the number of produser of that cd.

    mr.raj-9825010893.
    contact him……thnk u…..

  10. hi mr.ramesh

    i no prafull dave’s address

    f-108,sterling city,behind shivashish school.bplal.ahmedabad.

  11. Thanks Ishani. You made my job easier. I do not have to run around seeking to get those answers now!

  12. hi,

    I am thankful to the owner for bringing Prafulbhai nearer to large number of audience who miss him. He is one of the Gujarati Legendary singer who has taken Gujarati Folk Music to next possible level and even today after so many years is still active with his magical and true-to-heart voice. I am eager to meet him because I’ve only seen him once during Navaratri festival way back in my college days.

    Thanks buddies.

  13. peaful please give me a chance with you in singing hindi/ gujrati i have tallent for all type of songs.

  14. To,Shree Praful Dave
    Dear Sir,

    Praful Dave Is FullStop. of the gujrati sangeet thank god Ke Tamne ame Sambhdya (liston)

    Bijal Pathak
    Ahmedabad

  15. i am very big fan of Prafulbhai please help me to get what ever information you have abot him i want to creat blog for him…..this is great and what is your relation to him…Pragnaji

  16. pragnaji, Have never spoken with Prafulbhai in person. Just one of his so many fans, nothing apart from that. In fact, due to my lack of understanding about Gujarati Lok Sahitya (am basically a UP-born living in A’bad since my childhood, hence am unable to understand the deviations/ dialects of Gujarati as neatly as I should), I never had the courage to approach Prafulbhai, otherwise he is the kind of singer/ musician/ artist/ Kalaakaar that one should never miss an opportunity of meeting with them in person. Specially when he is based in my own city, Ahmedabad.

    But I guess, one can start blogging about Praful Dave even from the amount of info and videos that are available online, and later try to personally speak with him. So why don’t you start right away now?!

  17. somebody can send me the great gujarati folk song ” ola kadiya re… maro ghaludio fodyo yashoda ne kahi dau chhu ” Please send me this folk song i m waiting

  18. dear bharti kunchala,vyas.i want to meeet you from forty years.could you give me your phone number or add.or mobile? I am your childhood friend of junagadh.regards,rekha.

  19. Thanks Ishani for giving address of prafulbhai. If anyone can give me his cont. no. I will be thankful to him.

  20. hi,

    please give me a link for gujarati dayaro of bhikhudan gadhavi, ishardan gadhavi, kirtidan gadhavi & praful dave any of them or if possible all of them. i want to download it. in any format video or audio. please help me.
    my mail address is EDITED pls mail me link or web address for download dayaro
    thanks

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  21. i’m ur biggest fan dude…. u have the most beautiful voice…..
    i had seen u 1st at my village Aakru, Dhandhuka.
    i have ur largest & largest collection of songs….keep ROCK!NG…!!!
    JAY GOPAL

  22. i want the mp3 song of jay somnath, jay dwarkesh, jay jay garvi gujarat sung by praful dave and gujarati thai gujarati thai gujarati koi bole nahi barabar song at the earliest

  23. pankhida ne a pinjaru junu junu LAGE sambharvu chhe shashtriya sangita ma te albam nu nam apso

  24. prafulbhai is great singar of gujrati fock musik….like this hemu gadhvi….he is owner of kasumbal kanth

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