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Sudhir Phadke Biography

Sudhir Phadke (25 July 1919 - 29 July 2002) was born in Kolhapur on 25 July 1919. His birth name was Ram Phadke, but he later changed his name to 'Sudhir' when he composed a song for HMV. 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. During his long career, he composed music for many Marathi and Hindi films. He was also an immaculate playback singer.


Phadke married his fellow singer Lalita Deulkar. Their son Shridhar Phadke (born 1950) is also a composer and singer.
Geet Ramayana, based on poet G D Madgulkar's verses, is one of Phadke's most popular works. The programme ran on All India Radio for a year, 1954-55. Stage performances of the program continue to draw huge crowds even today. Phadke set to music all 56 songs, and they were sung by different singers for radio (Manik Varma, lalita Deulkar, Lata Mangeshkar, Phadke himself, Vasantrao Deshpande, Ram Phatak, Usha Atre). All 56 songs were also recorded in Phadke's own voice.

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.

He was also actively involved with Goa Freedom Movement and in post freedom fight of India 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.

Filmography                                                                                       
Sudhir Phadke has 111 films to his credit as a music director, 21 of which are in Hindi.

  • Gokul (1946)
  • Aage Badho (1947)
  • Sita Swayamwar (1948)
  • Jivacha sakha (1948)
  • [Sita Swayanwar] (1948)
  • [Vande Mataram] (1948)
  • Apraadhi (1949)
  • Bheem (1949)
  • Maya Baazar (1949)
  • Ram Pratiggya (1949)
  • Sant Janabai (1949)
  • Shri Krishna Darshan (1950)
  • Johar Maibap (1950)
  • Pudhacha Paul (1950)
  • Vanshacha Diva (1950)
  • Jashas Tase (1951)
  • Vithal Rakhmai (1951)
  • Maalti Madhav (1951)
  • Murli Wala (1951)
  • Lakhaci Goshta (1952)
  • May Bahini (1952)
  • Narveer Tanaji (1952)
  • Pratapgad (1952)
  • Bolvita dhani (1953)
  • Kon Kunacha (1953)
  • Kuberacha Dhan (1953)
  • Soubhagya (1953)
  • Vahininchya bangadya(1953)
  • Pehli Taarikh(1954)
  • Ratna Ghar(1954)
  • In meen sade teen(1954)
  • Maharani Yesubai(1954)
  • Un paus (1954)
  • Owalni (1954)
  • Postatil mulgi(1954)
  • Rashmachya Gathi (1954)
  • Shevagyachya Shenga (1955)
  • Ganget ghoda nhala(1955)
  • Mi tulas tuzhya angani(1955)
  • Devghar (1956)
  • Sajni (1956)
  • Andhala magato ek dola (1956)
  • Maza ghar mazi manasa(1956)
  • Devagharcha lena (1957)
  • Gharcha zala thoda(1957)
  • Utavala narad(1957)
  • Gaj Gauri (1958)
  • Gokul Ka Chor (1959)
  • Jagachya pathiwar(1960)
  • Lagnala jato mi(1960)
  • Umaj padel tar (1960)
  • Bhabhi Ki Chudiyan (1961)
  • Adhi kalas mag paya(1961)
  • Kalanka Shobha(1961)
  • Mazi Aai (1961)
  • Nirupama ani parirani(1961)
  • Prapancha(1961)
  • Suwasini(1961)
  • Pyar Ki Jeet (1962)
  • Bhintila kaan astat(1962)
  • Char divas sasuche char divas suneche(1962)
  • Chimnyanchi shala(1962)
  • Gariba gharachi lek(1962)
  • Soniyachi paule(1962)
  • Bayko maheri jate(1963)
  • Ha maza marga ekla(1963)
  • Te maze ghar(1963)
  • Devacha khel (1964)
  • Gurukilli(1966)
  • Sant gora kumbhar(1967)
  • Ekati (1968)
  • Aamhi jaato amuchchya gaava(1968)
  • Aadhar (1969)
  • Dev manus (1970)
  • Dhakti bahin(1970)
  • Mumbaicha jawai (Marathi original of Basu Chatterjee Hindi language film Piya ka ghar)(1970)
  • Zala mahar pandharinath (1970)
  • Daraar (1971 film)
  • Bajiraocha beta(1971)
  • Zep(1971)
  • Lakhat ashi dekhani(1971)
  • Mi hi manus ahe(1971)
  • Anolkhi(1973)
  • Javai vikat ghene ahe(1973)
  • Kartiki(1974)
  • Jyoticha navas (1975)
  • Ya sukhano ya(1975)
  • Aram haram ahe(1976)
  • Chandra hota sakshila(1978)
  • Dost asava tar asa(1978)
  • Sher Shivaji (1981)
  • Aplech dat amplech oth(1982)
  • Thorali Jau(1983)
  • Chorachya manat chandane(1984)
  • Maherchi manasa(1984)
  • Dhakti soon(1986)
  • Pudhacha paul(1986)
  • Sher Shivaji (1987)
  • Reshim gathi(1988)
  • Rukmini Swayamwar
  • Veer Savarkar (Hindi)
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