Legendary Bollywood playback singer Suresh Wadkar – who has lit up countless Bollywood movies with his soulful voice – will illuminate London this weekend with an exclusive performance at the plush Cadogan Hall in West London.
The show will see Wadkar perform alongside his beautiful wife Padma Wadkar, bringing to life some of the most iconic Bollywood songs of the past four decades, including such indulgent delights as ‘Tum Se Milke’, ‘Megha Re Megha Re’ and ‘Aye Zindagi Gale Lagah Le’.
A regular visitor to London, who has performed in the capital on numerous occasions, Wadkar says he has a soft spot for the English capital, despite having extensive interests in the music business in Mumbai and the United States: “I know you might not hear this often but I absolutely love the weather in London. There is a very unique warmth to the people in this city, it makes you feel welcome and comfortable.”
The singer has been performing for close upon 40 years and is accomplished in myriad musical genres, from Bollywood songs to gazals, bhajans and regional music.
Classically trained, Wadkar entered Bollywood at a particularly young stage in his professional career – “You have to grab opportunities with both hands when they are presented”, he says.
He has lent his vocal talents to some of the best known composers in the industry, from R D Burman, Ilayaraja and Bappi Lahiri to modern maestros such as Anu Malik and Himesh Reshammiya.
His latest concert will begin with a preamble featuring his former student turned life partner Padma, who will perform several well-known songs by Lata Mangeshkar before handing over the stage to the maestro.
Suresh and Padma Wadkar in Concert Saturday 17th November 2012 Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ www.cadoganhall.com