Suresh Wadkar Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Padma Wadkar
Age: 68 Years
Hometown: Kolhapur

Suresh Wadkar

Full NameSuresh Ishwar Wadkar
Profession(s)Music Teacher, Playback Singer
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth7 August 1955 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023)68 Years
BirthplaceKarvir, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Zodiac signLeo
HometownKarvir, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
College/UniversityPrayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, India
Educational QualificationGraduate in Music
DebutSinging: "Bristi Pare Tapur Tupur" for Paheli (1977)
Suresh Wadkar debut in Paheli 1977
HobbiesTravelling, Reading
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Madan Mohan Best Male Singer Award at the Sur-Singer Competition (1976)
• Best Playback Singer Award at BFJA (Bengal Film Journalists' Association ) Awards for Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1986)
• Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar instituted by Madhya Pradesh Government (2004)
• Maharashtra Pride Award by Maharashtra Government (2007)
• National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for song “Hey Bhaskara Kshitija Vari Ya” (2011)
• Late Sadashiv Amarapurkar Award by Ahmednagar's Think Global Foundation (2017)
• Padma Shri (2020) by the Government of India
Suresh Wadkar receiving Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind
Girls, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateJuly 1998
Wife/SpousePadma Wadkar (Playback Singer)
Suresh Wadkar with his wife Padma Wadkar
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter(s)- Jiya Wadkar (Singer)
Suresh Wadkar with his daughter Jiya Wadkar
Ananya Wadkar (Singer)
Suresh Wadkar with his daughter Ananya Wadkar
ParentsNames Not Known
ComposerVishal Bhardwaj
Singer(s)Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Mehdi Hassan

Suresh Wadkar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Suresh Wadkar

  • Suresh Wadkar is an Indian playback singer, who is well-known for his contribution in both Hindi and Marathi Film Industries.
  • He began acquiring music education from his guru Jialal Vasant at the age of 8. With his unique voice, he impressed his music teacher and started doing stage shows at a very young age.
  • In 1968, his guru assigned him the responsibility to initiate Tabla with a student during an occasion. One year later, he was chosen to teach vocal classical to a group of youngsters. As per the music education system, it is mandatory to give music training before applying for the graduation in music from Prayag Sangeet Samiti. Prayag Sangeet Samiti provides “Prabhakar” certificate to the students after the successful completion of the graduation, and this certificate permits those students to teach music professionally.

    Suresh Wadkar college "Prayag Sangeet Samiti"

    Suresh Wadkar college “Prayag Sangeet Samiti”

  • He completed his graduation successfully, got his Prabhakar certificate, and started his journey as a music teacher from Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai, India.
  • Apart from this, he opened his music schools in Mumbai (India) and New Jersey (US). He also began his online music school ‘Suresh Wadkar Ajivasan Music Academy’ (SWAMA) under Ace Open University.
  • In 1976, he participated in a singing competition show “Sur-Singer” and emerged as the winner of the show. The show was judged by renowned Indian film industry composers including Ravindra Jain and Jaidev.
  • In 1977, Ravindra Jain offered him the opportunity to make his Bollywood debut by signing songs for the film”Paheli.”
  • Then, Jaidev gave him the chance to sing the song “Seene Mein Jalan” for “Gaman” (1978) movie.
  • Later, Lata Mangeshkar heard his voice; she was so impressed that she recommended him to various film personalities like Kalyanji–Anandji, Laxmikant–Pyarelal, and Mohammed Zahur Khayyam. After hearing his voice, Laxmikant–Pyarelal gave him a chance to sing the song “Chal Chameli Bagh Mein” with Lata Ji for the film Krodhi (1981).
  • Following this, he lent his voice in several hit movies including Pyaasa Sawan (1981), Prem Rog (1982), Utsav (1984), Toofan (1989), Kurbaan (1991), Indra (2002), and more. He has also sung numerous devotional songs in different languages.
  • He has played the part of a judge along with Sonu Nigam on a singing competition show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International.”

    Suresh Wadkar in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International

    Suresh Wadkar in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs International

  • During the starting phase of his bright career, he got the marriage proposal of Madhuri Dixit, but he rejected the proposal, and the reason he gave at that time was: “The girl is too thin.”
  • In 2007, his elder daughter Ananya Wadkar made her debut in Bollywood as a playback singer with the song “Mera Jahan” from the film “Taare Zameen Par.”

  • In 2016, his younger daughter Jiya Wadkar made her debut with the ‘Sapnon Ka Gaon’ album at the age of 8.
  • According to Wadkar, he once had an argument with A. R. Rahman, a music composer, singer, and record producer. While talking about this, in an interview, he mentioned that their working styles didn’t align well. Wadkar further recalled that when he recorded the song ‘Pyar Ye Jaane Kaisa’ for the film ‘Rangeela’ (1995), Rahman wanted some edits in the song that Wadkar didn’t appreciate. Wadkar added that although he recorded another song for him, there was no further collaboration or communication between them. [1]The Indian Express