“Anuradha Pal is many legends in one. She is a mind-blowing soloist like no other & an accompanist with the sensibilities of a seasoned musician, despite her young years.” – New Indian Express
“If the male synonym for Tabla is Zakir Hussain, then the female equivalent has to undeniably be Anuradha Pal.” – Hindustan Times
‘One of the world’s leading & most innovative percussionists and composers’ (Bangkok Post), Vidushi Anuradha Pal is revered globally for her ‘virtuosic repertoire, creative improvisations, mathematical precision, complimenting musicality in her live wire performances’ (Tribune). Her story is of talent, fortitude, commitment & creativity, despite discrimination & nepotism.
Anuradha’s recent performance at Dior’s fall ’23 show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai, left audiences in awe, with her masterful Tabla & Multi-percussion performance, weaving magic, presenting a unique East-West Musical conversation Live with fashion, for the first time!
As the World’s FIRST female Professional Tabla maestro, ‘Outstanding category’ musician of Ministry of Culture & ICCR & ‘Top Graded Vidushi’ of Prasar Bharati (India), Anuradha Pal has been appreciated as ‘Bharat ki Laxmi’ by Honourable PM Narendra Modi ji for her outstanding Musical & Social contributions as the Brand Ambassador of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao & UNICEF.
Recipient of the Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Puraskar and a President awardee of the ‘First Ladies’ National Award for being the youngest Indian musician & first female Indian Musician to perform at Woodstock & WOMAD Festivals, Anuradha has regaled Honourable President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam & Prime Minister of India at CHOGM & SAARC Summits.
Anuradha has already received over 108 awards & performed over 5000 concerts (still counting!) enthralling audiences in 30 countries with her –
- Groundbreaking Musical innovations like – Anuradha’s Tablas Sing Stories (sometimes including ‘Krishna ke Taal‘ & ‘Ardha Narishvara’)
- Path breaking bands – Stree Shakti (India’s first all-girls Band) & Recharge (World Music band).
- Accompaniment with Masters like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan etc;
- Collaborations with International masters of diverse international genres.
Anuradha is also a Multi percussionist and Music composer in short films like ‘Stealing Gods’, ‘Geet aur Geeta‘ & produces trendsetting albums like ‘Recharge Plus, EDM, Nirvana, Passion & Get Recharged!’. Her background score in the famous Bollywood film ‘Gaja Gamini‘ using only Tabla & Voice, got great appreciation at the Cannes film festival. She has been also widely acclaimed as an ‘exemplary Torchbearer’ of Indian Music in Who’s Who Journals Worldwide.
Blessed by Gurus – Ustads Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, parents, Ila & Devinder Pal & husband Shyam Sharma, Anuradha is a Masters in Music & University topper who has contributed in research for ‘Relationship between Music, Language & the Brain’. Invited to lecture at IVY league universities, she also teaches Tabla & Multi percussion at Anuradha Pal Cultural Academy, Mumbai in the Guru Shishya parampara.
Her organisation Sur aaur Saaz produces premier Music festivals, albums, training modules & Music videos like ‘Dancing Rain‘, ‘Bharat Vandan‘, & ‘Taal Tiranga‘ which have gone viral!
Anuradha instituted the M.T. Vyas Stree Shakti award in 2020 to encourage outstanding young women towards Indian music, dance and social service. Her Anuradha Pal Cultural Foundation (APCF) is ‘bringing social transformation through Music’ to increase positivity, good health & wellness’ in all sections of society, with her specially curated ‘Positive Weekends’ experiences and ‘Positivity through Music workshops‘.
Anuradha contributed Rs 10 lakh towards Covid relief to help 350 Artists, instrument makers and 270 women & children in villages and towns across 20 states of India & donated walkers, wheel chairs & mobiles to the needy, in Mumbai. A huge social media fan following with over 5 million video views, Anuradha Pal is a leading Tabla maestro, female empowerment icon & philanthropist, who has inspired millions with her trademark humility, creativity and passion for inclusivity & diversity.
The New Indian Express
" Anuradha carries the methodical intuition of her Ustads, their clarity & showmanship in finger movements... the dynamism, temperament & ‘presence’ of Pandit Kishan Maharaj, the tough lure for softness and detail of Pandit Shamta Prasad & a shooting madness for intrinsic fireworks of Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa."
" Anuradha Pal, the country’s celebrated Tabla player has many firsts to her credit. She has gone beyond her guru’s celebrity glare and today, stands as a woman known for her talent, firm ethics and one who has made it big on her terms. Anuradha is a fiery artist who has not only talked the talk but also walked the walk."
" Anuradha Pal’s sheer determination, passion, a constant endeavour to innovate, whilst holding steadfastly to her values and ethics, along with a deep sense of reverence and responsibility towards her art and tradition have been instrumental in her meteoric rise towards the highest echelons of the percussion firmament."
" Petite and barely in her teens, Anuradha Pal almost brought down the house with a rousing recital of the Tabla playing Teental. Anuradha’s mastery over the Tabla is undoubtedly exceptional. She plays with a spirited verve and obvious enjoyment. It would be no exaggeration to say that she is a ‘Zakira’ in the making."