Eminent vocalist and playback singer Suresh Wadkar has turned a year older today. He is one of the most respected singers, having displayed his melodious voice for more than four decades in the industry. He’s also worked with some of the best music directors of the country such as A.R. Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Illayaraaja, Ravindra Jain, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and R.D. Burman among others.
His songs “Ae Zindagi Gale Laga Le” from “Sadma” and “Aur Is Dil Mein Kya Rakha Hai” from “Imaandaar” among other songs are still remembered today. He also sung the song “Do Jahaan” in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Haider”. He also runs a music academy.
On the special occasion of Suresh Wadkar’s birthday, we have listed some of his popular songs.
Do you know when Lata Mangeshkar heard his voice for the first time at the beginning of his career, she was so smitten that she recommended his name to all the big composers and directors in the industry. Suresh Wadkar’s ghazals and devotional songs are as well-known as his romantic filmi numbers and melancholic solos.
His turning point in films was from the song "Megha Re Megha Re"from Pyasa Sawan (1981) after that he was offered many songs in Hindi Films. He is very selective in singing film songs.He still sings for hindi films The last movie in which he sang was Haider (2014).
In 1976, Wadkar won the Madan Mohan Best Male Singer Award at the Sur-Singar competition.He is also a recipient of the 2004 Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar instituted by Madhya Pradesh government.
He also won the 2007 Maharashtra Pride Award which is given by the government of Maharashtra to citizens of note.
In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Hey Bhaskara Kshitijavari Ya" from the Marathi film Mee Sindhutai Sapkal
Wadkar is married to classical singer Padma. He has two daughters, Ananya and Jia. He has sung numerous devotional songs in various Indian languages.