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On song – always
October 12, 2014
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One of the most accomplished Bollywood playback singers, Suresh Wadkar, enthralled his Dubai fans at Lamcy Plaza on Friday evening, where he interacted with a few singing sensations prior to the launch of a nationwide singing competition. Raghib Hassan reports

DUBAI: It is said, old is gold. Once again this loaded belief was proved apt on Friday, when one of the most accomplished Bollywood?playback singers, Suresh Wadkar, mesmerised visitors at Lamcy Plaza?with his all-time popular renditions Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale and?Aye Zindagi Gale Lagaa Le.

His voice made music lovers swoon. Some turned visibly emotional. The magic had all the ingredients of a great performer. His types we don’t get to hear very often. Praising local singing talent, he said, “I have seen some amazing singers here. I have also found many talented singers in my centre.” Wadkar spoke to The Gulf Today on Friday, during the launch of a nationwide month-long singing competition, “Ajivasan’s Suron Ka Muqabla,” to scout the best singing talent from the UAE. Many rounds of audition will take place before a winner is picked up on Nov.14.

The winner will get an opportunity to share an album with Wadkar, apart from receiving training at Ajivasan for a year. “It is for the first time we are hosting this competition,” said the singer, who has sung 1,000 songs in his four-decade singing career.

Having been a playback singer for more than 100 films, Wadkar is passionate about nurturing young singing talents. He trains them at his music centre “Ajivasan” which has branches in Dubai, apart from Mumbai and the USA. When asked how he manages to supervise these centres, he said: “My schools are doing well. This is my job. If you want to manage, you can manage. It is also our job to promote these budding singers and we should bring forth such talent.”

Having worked with top music composers of his time, like Laxmikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, R.D. Burman, Ilayaraja, Ravindra Jain, Bappi Lahiri, A.R. Rehman and Rajesh Roshan, Wadkar expressed his gratitude towards all the music directors. He said, “I feel blessed to have worked with the masters. My music directors have always called me whenever they felt the need for my voice. I am thankful to them for their love.”

Commenting on the Indian music industry, he said, “All composers are very talented and doing a commendable job. But the music industry has changed a lot. I can see Western influence on our music which is not a healthy sign. We should try to keep our classical base intact to keep our originality. Too much influence of Western music might dent our purity,” said the singer, whose Meri Qismat Me Tu Nahin Shayad, Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayee, Tum Se Milke, Der Na Ho Jaye Kahin and Janewale O Janewale still rules our heart. Praising  KK, Sonu Nigam, Shaan and Arijit Singh, he said, “They all are great singers of this generation.”

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