Naved wrote on Nov 29 2008 5:34PM
Sudhir Phadke (25 July 1919 Kolhapur - 29 July 2002) was an Indian singer-composer. He was called as Babuji by his fans. He was regarded as an icon of the Marathi film industry and Marathi Sugam Sangeet (light music) for five decades. He was one of the most popular singers and music directors of all time in Marathi cinema.
Sudhir Phadke acquired his primary tutelage in vocal classical music from the late Vamanrao Padhye in Kolhapur. After beginning his career with HMV in 1941, he joined the Prabhat Film Company as music director in 1946. He gave music for many Marathi and Hindi films. He was also an immaculate playback singer.
He reached the zenith of his career in 1960s with Geet Ramayana based on poet G D Madgulkar's verses. The programme ran on All India Radio for a year. Stage performances of the program continue to draw huge crowds even today.
In last days of his life, Phadke was involved in producing a Hindi film on the life of the Indian freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The movie Veer Savarkar was funded by public donations. Sudhir Phadke last sang and composed music for this movie.
Phadke was connected with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for over 60 years. He was the main inspiration and founder member of India Heritage Foundation in the United States.
Sudhir Phadke has 111 films to his credit as a music director, 21 of which are in Hindi. He extensively worked with famous Indian singers such as Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar.