PARESH PEWEKAR is a well-known name in Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai for his contribution to Marathi SugamSangeet over the years. He also known as an AIRINDIA EXECUTIVE, who has number of MARATHI & HINDI songs on his credit. Paresh is a regular stage performer and continues his passion for music.
Born in a musical family, as his father was a Theatre Artist in Mumbai and a very fine percussionist. Under their guidance Paresh was able to develop his interest in singing His first stage performance came at the age of 7 with his father guiding him. This flourished his musical inclination even more. He started live stage singing with Local Orchestras and participated in All India Radios popular children’s programs under guidance of renown Composers.
While in college, He met Arun Paudwal They later became inseparable friends. both formed an orchestra group, this was the beginning of their Musical Journey together. Later Their meeting with popular Lyricist and Geetkar Shri. Shantaram Nandgagonkar who introduced them flavors of Marathi Sugam Sangeet. Paresh found a Guide and mentor in him. He was the one who introduced Paresh’s fresh voice not only to leading Music Directors and Singers but also to the only Record company H.M V. who were happy to record his first Marathi “Bhav geete ‘written and composed by him and orchestrated by Arun paudwal. These songs are very closed to his heart being “ First Born “ There after these trio formed a Marathi Sugam sangeet group “Swar- Saurabh” and presented numerous shows on various prestigious events.
Paresh was introduced to the legendary music directors and composers the late DUTTA DAVJEKAR and Pt. YESHWANT DEO. He also received much support from the duo as they were able to guide him through many of his future musical endeavors. On the other hand, he maintains that his friends, Arun Paudwal and Ashok Patki, talented composers, were never far off from encouraging and lending their own input as they composed many of the popular Hindi and Marathi songs that he sang. He also sang many songs on DOOR DARSHAN & ALL INDIA RADIO under their Guidance.During this same period he was fortunate to record song for Marathi Film "DEVATA" a duet with ANURADHA PAUDWAL under Music Director RAM-LAXMAN. This duet "De Tali mala Ghe tali Tula" became very popular.
During his Musical journey, He also attributes and acknowledge contribution of his close renown musician friends SURESH YADAV, APPA WADHAVKAR and PRASHANT THACKERAY, who stood behind him to give their valuable support and staged number of shows in India and abroad. They played vital role in arranging his songs and compositions in his cassettes and CDs (details of their works are list in Paresh Pewekar's Cds).
Paresh while perusing his Musical carrier , was working with India’s leading Photographic company where he happened to meet Prof. KAMLESH PUROHIT a connoisseur of Music.who knowing Paresh’s interest in Music introduce Urdu Shayaari and Ghazals of renown Ghazal singers from India and Pakistan.He gave number of recorded spools of Ghazal Nawaz Mehendi Hassan a world renown Ghazal Singer That changed paresh’s perspective of Ghazal singing. He later got an opportunity to receive his mentor at Mumbai airport and spent good time with him along with his great friend Kamleshji. Prof kamlesh Purohit is again the one who took Paresh to renown Sarangi Nawaz Ustad Sultankhan saheb who became his “Ustad “. Khansahab aided him in understanding the inticracies of the ghazal gayakee. His love of Hindi and Urdu Ghazals led him to produce the album, " Terekhwabonme " released by USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN.
In his professional career, Paresh was an Air India Executive. He represented his beloved Airline in India & abroad, at stations like Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt(Germany) and Kuwait.
However, he never gave up his dream and first love which was music. Paresh made sure to nurture his passion and allowed the special attributes it bought with it to enhance his professional career and his social welfare work. He attended musical functions and sometimes even participated in his community functions. His multifaceted personality and melodious voice earned him the name “Singing Maharajah”.
During his tenure In Kuwait, with the help of like-minded locals Paresh formed a club called 'SUR TRISHNA', He promoted through this medium, the diversity of Indian music by bringing legendary artists from India such as Ustad Allarkhan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultankhan, Pt. Jasraj, Begam Parvin Sultana, Hari Prashad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharam,Mannadey, Kavita Krishna Murthy, Suresh Wadkar, Shankar Mahadavan with his Silk Band, Pinaz Masani and many more.
His effort, forward thinking and impartial approach to every situation prompted the community to nominate him for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Award for Excellence, initiated by the foundation in Delhi, presented by Ms SONIAJI GANDHI for his Social Welfare and Cultural Activities In Kuawait.
(RE-MIX by APPA WADHAVKAR & PRASHANT THACKERAY). There are 17 recorded songs of Legendary TALAT MEHMOOD SAHAB to his credit.
Geet & Ghazals
His MUSICAL presentations tiltle " TERE KHWABONME "includes his own Songs in Hindi and Marathi. He also sings popular Geet and Ghazals of legendary Artists like TALAT MEHMOOD, JAGJITSINGH, MEHENDI HASSAN, MUKESH, MANNADEY & many other renown Singers (details of his Cds and Live show clips are incorporated in this pages).
Lyrics written by Late SHANTARAM NADGAONKAR and COMPOSED by PARESH. He has also sung long with leading Play back Singer's and friend's like SMT. KAVITA KRISHNAMURTHY, PT. SURESH WADKAR along with young talents SUHASINI and KAVITA PAUDWAL.
A devotional song album of SHRI SAIBABA titled "SAIRAM SAI SHAM " was released by "FOUNTAIN record company, composed by ARUN PAUDWAL AND SHANK-NEEL with Lyrics by SHANTARAM NANDGAONKAR.
T-series also released his MARATHI POPULAR SONGS of PARESH telecasted by Mumbai DOOR DARSHAN under title " SWAPNAMADHIL RANI" Which includes all popular compositions of SHRI ASHOK PATKI / ARUN PAUDWAL,/ VILAS JOGALEKAR and SURESH YADAV. All these songs are re-programmed with commentary by his friend Smt NEELA RAVIDRA. This CD was released by PT YESHWANT DEO in the presence of renown singers, composers and dignitaries from various fields in Mumbai.
With Hanuman Chalisa(Hindi)
"SAIRAM SAI SHAM" HINDI SAI BHAJANS with HANUMAN CHALISA by PARESH PEWEKAR Marathi CD of Shree Sai Bhajans "SAIRAM SAI SHAM" was later translated in HINDI in addition of "HANUMAN CHALISA" sung by Paresh under same title was released by 'HRIDAYAM'. Composed / programming by PRASHANT THACKERY.
Geet & Ghazals
With Hanuman Chalisa(Hindi)