Suresh Ishwar Wadkar is an Indian playback singer. He performs in both Hindi and Marathi films.
Suresh Wadkar was born in Kolhapur, India. At the age of 8, he began acquiring basic music education from Jialal Vasant. He soon impressed his guru with the quality of his voice. He began performing on the stage at a very early age.
Back in 1968, when Suresh Wadkar was barely 13, Acharya Jialal Vasant entrusted him with a student to initiate in Tabla. A year later, he was given the responsibility of a group of youngsters to teach vocal classical. Our system of education in music makes it mandatory to teach before you appear for your graduation in music through Prayag Sangit Samiti, because there “Prabhakar” certificate is equivalent to B. Ed. and it authorizes you to teach professionally. Guruji made every child studying for Senior Diploma, to sit in the class of 1st year with an experienced teacher and learn the process of “teaching”. Suresh successfully completed his “Prabhakar” and joined “Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai as a music teacher. A lot of famous “stars” of today had the opportunity to learn from him.
Acharya Jialal Vasant, announced during his felicitation function organized by his students on May 1985. He said, “We continuously talk about the benefits one enjoys when one is blessed with a good Guru. But let me tell you, that every Guru looks for at least one student, who can take his torch forward. I have been, I must say, very fortunate to get ‘the’ student; I have always looked for in Suresh. I am fully confident that he will leave no stone unturned to accomplish what I desire the most – to attain excellence both as a singer & a teacher. I feel that my mission is fulfilled.”
Suresh Wadkar added a new chapter in his Music life when he started the First Online Music teaching school “SWAMA” (Suresh Wadkar Ajivasan Music Academy under Ace Open University.
Though groomed for Indian classical music, he entered the Sur-Singar competition in 1976. Wadkar won the competition which was judged by composers from the Indian film industry including Jaidev. Jaidev later offered him the song “Seene Mein Jalan” in the film Gaman (released in 1978). He also performed in the film Paheli (released 1977).
At the time, Lata Mangeshkar was so impressed with his voice that she strongly recommended him to film personalities including Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Khayyam and Kalyanji-Anandji. Laxmikant-Pyarelal, impressed with his voice, soon recorded a duet with Lata “Chal Chameli Bagh Mein” for Krodhi (released in 1981). Soon after, he was given the opportunity to perform for songs in Hum Paanch, Pyaasa Sawan (“Megha re Megha Re”) and above all, his turning point in films – Raj Kapoor’s Prem Rog (released in 1982).
Wadkar also produced the film Tanman.com. He was a judge on the Indian TV singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs International and at the 2005 Sanjeet Awards.
Suresh Wadkar has for the first time sung a song in the upcoming Tamil film Kanden Kadhalai. This film is an adaptation of the Hindi Blockbuster Jab We Met. The song is a ghazal type song called “Naan Mozhi Arindhaen”.
His voice has been acknowledged to have a quality for devotional songs. He has sung numerous devotional songs in various languages.
Suresh Wadkar has tied up with great artistes like Zakir Hussain, Shrinivas Khale, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale for numerous stage performances.
Wadkar is married to classical singer Padma. He has two daughters, Ananya and Gia.
In 1976, Wadkar won the Madan Mohan Best Male Singer Award at the Sur-Singar competition. He also won the 2007 Maharashtra Pride Award which is given by the government of Maharashtra to citizens of note. He is also a recipient of the Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar instituted by Madhya Pradesh government.