In 1968, when Suresh Wadkar was 13, Jialal Vasant encouraged him to work towards the "Prabhakar" certificate offered by the Prayag Sangit Samiti, because it was equivalent to a BEd and qualifies the awardee to teach professionally. Wadkar successfully completed his "Prabhakar" and joined Arya Vidya Mandir in Mumbai as a music teacher.
He has a music school in Mumbai, India (www.ajivasan.com) and New Jersey/New York City (www.sureshwadkarmusic.com) where methodical training is given to students. He has also started an online music school, called SWAMA (Suresh Wadkar Ajivasan Music Academy), under Ace Open University.
Though groomed for Indian classical music, he entered the Sur-Singar competition in 1976. Wadkar won the competition which was judged by composers from the Indian film industry including Jaidev. Jaidev later offered him the song "Seene Mein Jalan" in the film Gaman (released in 1978). He also performed in the film Paheli (released 1977).
At the time, Lata Mangeshkar was so impressed with his voice that she strongly recommended him to film personalities including Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Khayyam and Kalyanji-Anandji. Laxmikant-Pyarelal, impressed with his voice, soon recorded a duet with Lata "Chal Chameli Bagh Mein" for Krodhi (released in 1981). Soon after, he was given the opportunity to perform for songs in Hum Paanch, Pyaasa Sawan ("Megha re Megha Re") and above all, his turning point in films – Raj Kapoor's Prem Rog (released in 1982).after that Wadkar sang many songs under the R.K. Banner and he often gave his voice for Rishi Kapoor for Heena, Prem granth, and Rajeev Kapoor for Ram teri Ganga Maili he used to sing specially for Rishi Kapoor in numerous films: Bol Radha Bol, Vijay and others.
Wadkar also produced the film Tanman.com. He was a judge on the Indian TV singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs International and at the 2005 Sanjeet Awards.
Suresh Wadkar has for the first time sung a song in the upcoming Tamil film Kanden Kadhalai. This film is an adaptation of the Hindi Blockbuster Jab We Met. The song is a ghazal type song called "Naan Mozhi Arindhaen".
He has sung numerous devotional songs in various Indian languages.
In 1996, Wadkar sang Channeache Rati among several other songs in Rajendra Talak's Konkani album Daryachya Deger with Asha Bhosle.
Suresh Wadkar has worked with some of the top class Marathi music directors like Pt.Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Sudhir Phadke, Shrinivas Khale, Shridhar Phadke, Vasant Desai, Ashok Patki, Anil-Arun etc. Some of his notable marathi songs are:Dayaghana with pt.Hridaynath Mangeshkar
Kaal dehasi ala khau with Shrinivas Khale
tula pahile mi with Shridhar Phadke
Pahile Na Mi Tulahjh
Wadkar is married to classical singer Padma. He has two daughters, Ananya and Gia.
In 1976, Wadkar won the Madan Mohan Best Male Singer Award at the Sur-Singar competition. He is also a recipient of the 2004 Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar instituted by Madhya Pradesh government. He also won the 2007 Maharashtra Pride Award which is given by the government of Maharashtra to citizens of note. In 2011, he won the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song "Hey Bhaskara Kshitijavari Ya" from the Marathi film Mee Sindhutai Sapkal.
Suresh Wadkar has sung for a variety of composers in the Indian film industry. These include:Shrinivas Khale (Marathi)
Shridhar Phadke (Marathi)
Dr Swaroop Roy (Sai Tum Yaad Aye) (Sai Naam Ek Rang Anek)
Yogesh Arun Rairikar
Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai 2 (2015)
Haider (film) (2014)
Kahin Hai Mera Pyar (2014)
Yeh Khula Aasmaan (2012)
7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
Kanden Kadhalai (2009) (Tamil)
Ghauttham (2009) (Kannada)
Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi (2008)
Bal Ganesh (2006)
Naam Gum Jayega (2005)
Hu Tu Tu (1999)
Sar Utha Ke Jiyo (1998)
Lahoo Ke Do Rang (1997)
Prem Granth (1996)
Udhaar Ki Zindagi (1994)
In Custody (1993)
Kayda Kanoon (1993)
Dil Aashna Hai (1992)
Ghar Jamai (1992)
Aaj Ka Samson (1991)
Patthar Ke Phool (1991)
The Blow (1991)
Purani Haveli (1989)
Hero Hiralal (1988)
Hifazat (1987) directed by Prayag Raj
Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986)
Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)
Disco Dancer (1982)
Prem Rog (1982)
Maine Jeena Seekh Liya (1982) (first Hindi movie music composition by Nadeem-Shravan)
Pyaasa Sawan (1981)
Hum Paanch (1980)
DevotionalJai Shri Swaminarayan
Sai Tum Yaad Aye
Sai Naam Ek Rang Anek
Gururaya aathvito tujhiye paaya