Born 1919 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Shri Sudhir Phadke was formally trained in Hindustani vocal music by Pandit Wamanrao Padhye of the Gwalior gharana. In outstanding composer in films and a playback singer, Shri Sudhir Phadke began his career in His Master’s Voice in 1941 and joined the Prabhat Film Company of Pune as music director in 1946. Over a long and varied career he has compos- ed music for 110 films in Marathi and Hindi, sung over a thousand songs, and produced four films of his own. As composer and playback singer, he has received several awards from the Government of Maharash- tra. His film Ha Maza Marg Ekala received the President’s Award in 1963. A versatile musician, Shri Sudhir Phadke has also composed devotional music, patriotic songs, commercial music, Lavanis, and lyrics for Tamasha. Among his major work is his music for the poet G.D. Madgulkar’s Geet Ramayan, a phenomenal success in Maharashtra. Shri Sudhir Phadke has numerous gramophone records and cassettes to his credit. Sudhir Phadke receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian music.