Today we, at BollyCurry, gather to celebrate the
birthday of one of most respected names in Indian classical music and in the Indian playback industry, Suresh Wadkar.
The voice behind many Hindi, Bhojpuri and Marathi songs, Suresh Ishwar Wadkar was born on the 7th of August,
1954 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. A product of the Indian system of education in
classical music, he has been in Bollywood for more than three decades. He is married to classical singer, Padma and has two
daughters, Ananya and Gia.
Wadkar began learning music early, at the age of
four, when his talent was recognized and nurtured by Shri Parshwanath Digrajkar.
He was introduced to Pandit Jialal Vasant at the age of eight. He impressed his
Guru so much that at the age of thirteen, he was entrusted with the
responsibility of initiating a student in Tabla. He completed his "Prabhakar"
with Vocals and Tabla through Allahabad's Prayag Sangit Samiti, which is
equivalent to a B.Ed degree, and joined Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai as a
teacher. He mentored many singers who went on to reach great heights.
Wadkar bagged the opportunity to sing for the
movie, Gaman (1978) when he entered the Sur Singar
Competition organized by the Sur Singar Samsad in 1976. He won the coveted
Madan Mohan Best Male Singer Award. There was no looking back after that. He
impressed Lata Mangeshkar with his voice quality and she recommended his name
to many composers. Laxmikant-Pyarelal gave him the opportunity to record a duet
with Mangeshkar, "Chal Chameli Bagh Mein" for the movie, Krodhi (1981),
and though the song is still admired as one of his top songs, his
career changer came a year later in the form of Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog (1982) when he sang all the songs picturized on Rishi Kapoor.
Thereafter, he had the good fortune of working with some of the greatest music
composers of his time, notably Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, and Pt.
Wadkar is the recipient of many honours, including
the 2004 Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar awarded to him by the Madhya Pradesh
government and the 2007 Maharashtra Pride Award which is awarded to outstanding
citizens. He also received the 2011 National Award for Best Male Playback Singer
for the song, "Hey Bhaskara Kshitijavari Ya" from the Marathi movie, Mee
He has kept alive the Guru-Shishya parampara
through his music school in Mumbai, named Suresh Wadkar's Ajivasan Music Academy.
Established by his Guru Acharya in 1932, Wadkar took charge when the academy
moved to Mumbai in 1986. The Academy offers a six year degree course in music
and classical music is taught to students from all walks of life. He also
started his online music teaching school under Ace Open University. Wadkar was also a
judge on the reality show for children, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs in 2007.
Wadkar has always stressed the importance of
learning classical music and has shown incredible versatility in his music
throughout his illustrious career; ranging from classical to pop, to ghazals
and devotional music.
We bring to you a mini playlist of some of his
- "Megha Re Megha Re" - Pyaasa Sawan
- "Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le" - Sadma
- "Tumse Milke Aisa Laga" - Parinda
- "Der Na Ho Jaaye Kahin" - Henna
- "Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale" - Maachis
- "Chal Chameli Bagh Mein" - Krodhi
- Meri Qismat Mein Tu Nahi Shayad" - Prem Rog
- "Yaad Nahi Bhool Gaya" - Lamhe
- "Raat Ke Dhai Baje" - Kaminey
- "Tere Liye" - 7 Khoon Maaf
Here's wishing Suresh Wadkar a very
happy birthday from BollyCurry and all the best in his future endeavors!
Shreya S. & Gunia K.
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