Born: 25 July 1919
Died: 29 July 2002
- He was an accomplished Marathi singer-composer from India.
- He was regarded as an icon of the Marathi film industry and Marathi Sugam Sangeet (light music) for five decades.
- Apart from Marathi, Phadke sang and composed songs in several Hindi films as well.
- His nickname was Babuji.
- Geet Ramayana, based on poet GD Madgulkar’s verses, is one of his most popular works.
- The program ran on All India Radio for a year, 1955–56.
- Stage performances of the program continue to draw huge crowds even today.
- He 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 his own voice.
- In the last days of his life, he 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.
- He last sang and composed music for this movie.
- He was also actively involved with Goa Freedom Movement and in the post freedom fight of India, he was connected with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for over 60 years.
- He was the main inspiration and founder member of the India Heritage Foundation in the United States.
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