The World‘s First All Female Indian Classical Band
World renowned Tabla Virtuoso, Pandita Anuradha Pal created the Stree Shakti band in 1996. The Band has been enthralling audiences with its flawless presentation of engaging combinations, using repertoires from both Hindustani and Carnatic systems of music. A unique combination of melody, poetry & rhythm fusing the traditional with the contemporary, with power packed World Percussion, is what gives Anuradha Pal‘s Stree Shakti band a discernible edge & explains its popularity for over 20 years.
Anuradha Pal‘s Stree Shakti performed at the world famous WOMAD Festival (U.K-1999) for 150,000 fans. This performance won great appreciation from the Rock star Sting, who ‘was blown away by their show ’ & even hailed them as the ‘Indian Spice Girls’.
The band also collaborated with the Pan African Orchestra for a concert tour of England, Ireland & Scotland in 2002.
This innovative & path-breaking band challenges gender stereotypes & biases, celebrating the emergence of womanpower in the ‘male-bastion of Indian Rhythm’, thus promoting female empowerment, inclusion, opportunity, equality & dignity.
The bands performances at Prestigious International Music Festivals include the Rhythm Sticks Festival, Oldham Mela, BBC Music Live, Common Wealth Games Festival, City of London Festival, Cardiff Jazz Festival, Asian Music Festival, Bangkok International Music Festival and in India for ICCR, SAARC & CHOGM Summit, SRA- ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Spirit of Unity Concerts, Nehru Centre, NCPA, Malleshwaram Sangeetha Sabha, Hyderabad Hydourite Festival, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Bangalore Percussive Arts, World Music festival, Bharat Bhawan, M.P. Kala Parishad, Lilavati Hospital amongst numerous others.
To celebrate it’s twentieth anniversary, Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band toured Hungary, Croatia, Serbia & UK in March 2016, taking India’s message of Female Empowerment to the World!
On this august occasion & in addition to a Percussion ensemble, Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band performed a special anthem, titled ‘Khud Ko Tu Pehchan De’ or ‘Empower Yourself’ to inspire women to enable themselves through education & fight against discrimination & social evils, plaguing our society for centuries. This anthem gives a clarion call to rise & unite, so that compassion, justice & inner strength of women, become the corner stone of a strong & progressive India.
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Press Reviews for Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti’s concerts
"Conversations between artistes in Stree Shakti belong to different moods - sometimes it’s a vivacious chirpy girl talk. At other times, the jugalbandis are like the deep, somber musings between thoughtful women."
- The New Indian Express, March 2013.
"The band produced some really powerful beats performing expertly, with vigorous energy and amazing co-ordination. A memorable performance.!"
- Bangkok Post, Sept 2007.
"They rendered a piece, all participating, with great gusto, from silence to a reverberating crescendo."
- Afternoon Despatch & Courier, 2005.
“The hall buzzed when ‘Stree Shakti’ led by Anuradha Pal took the stage...
And indeed looking like the heroine of a Bollywood musical, her waist length hair falling across her shoulders as she played her Tablas, Pal and her partners were sensational… as the Tabla conversed with the Ghatam and the Kanjira, creating a spell. The first female group to bring together traditions from north and south, fighting gender and caste prejudices, Stree Shakti exuded physical confidence and joy.”
- The Scotsman, 2000.
"Voice and instruments spell out a haunting universe of an all feminine bravado that presents Indian music in appealing and joyous strains."
“World class musicians prove Stree Shakti - stunning display by Anuradha Pal. ”
- Maldon Standard, July 1999.
“Pure Music - what a storm!!”
- India weekly review of the performance at the WOMAD festival, August 1999.
“There were duets and solos of each of the performers, there were the smiles, the laughs, the head and hand movements in time with the beat, and there was the ecstatic game-playing. Designed good-naturally and spontaneously ending in enlightened climaxes. Enthusiastic applause… the audiences had been bewitched!!!”
- East Anglican Times, 1999.
“The all female Stree Shakti group, led by Anuradha Pal, enthralled listeners with their exceptional percussive talents.”
- Leicester Mercury, July 1999.
"Fantastic performance that took my breath away... an evening full of wonders."
- Rhythm Sticks, UK, June 1999.
“Stree Shakti rebuffs the belief that the field of instrumental music is primarily befitting of male artists. Their performance in the Tagore theatre (Chandigarh) last night will remain in the memories of the music lovers for a long time as some thing unique, where one could actually feel the upliftment of the senses to new heights. What was delightful was the rapport and spontaneous communication that the artists shared on the stage; despite their apparent diversity .The success of the event could be gauged by the involvement of the audience. Several of them could be seen clapping their hands and swaying.”
- The Tribune, 1998.
“And here’s the difference between this music and Western music- the interplay within a tight framework, the dialogue between players, the shared enjoyment of the music and those wonderful instruments. The pace quickened as the three percussionists played in glorious union. It was a performance that took my breath away with its sheer virtuosity, exuberance and joy. More applause … then the finale with again the percussionists playing the rare six and half beat Tabla together, each different, all aiming towards the same musical climax in their individual way, each with eyes focussed on the other, smiling, challenging, goading, encouraging, ending… A wonderful evening during an evening full of wonders. And this was beautiful music in any language, a mix of Classical and modern Indian music, performed expertly by six diminutive ladies with music in their fingers and embedded deep within their souls.”
- Review on "http://www.borroworob.com"
“Alluring display of Indian girl power - simply magic!!”
- East Anglican Times, 1999.
“…these artists, who dared to make utterly unconventional choices, embarked upon a joint celebration of rhythm, exhibiting in the process their mastery over some of the most strenuous instruments of Hindustani and Carnatic styles…”