Tabla Virtuoso | Percussionist | Composer | Educator

If the male synonym for Tabla is Zakir Hussain, then the female equivalent has to undeniably be Anuradha Pal.”      – Hindustan Times, 2011

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, 2013

Anuradha Pal has been internationally appreciated as the ‘First Professional Female Tabla virtuoso in the World’ (by Encyclopaedia Britannica & Limca Book of Records). A recipient of the ‘First Ladies’ National Award 2018 from the President of India; Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Puraskar, Zee Astitva award among many others, she holds the honour of being the Youngest and first female Indian Musician to perform at two of the most prestigious music festivals in the world – Woodstock Festival (2008) & WOMAD Festival (1999) for a mammoth audiences of 4 lakh and 1.5 lakh people respectively.

Daughter of accomplished professionals, Devinder and Ila Pal and a favourite disciple of Tabla Legends Ustad Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, Anuradha has been hailed as a ‘Rhythm Queen’, ‘Tabla phenomenon’, ‘Trail-blazer & Trendsetter for societies around the world’, ‘Woman of Pure Wonder’, ‘National pride and an inspiration’; and is the Brand Ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative, for which she has composed the anthem too.

Anuradha is credited in the ‘Outstanding‘ category of artistes in the Ministry of Culture and is a TOP Graded Musician of Prasar Bharati & ICCR. She is also a versatile accompanist with India’s Master Musicians like Pt. Jasraj, Smt. Girija Devi, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Kadri Gopalnath, C. Ravikiran to name a few…


Anuradha has performed extensively in prestigious festivals in India, USA, Europe, UK, Japan, Australia, Africa, Brazil, Middle east, Hong Kong, Bangkok; presenting her popular presentations like –

  1. Anuradha Pal in Tabla Jugalbandi with herself – Interactive stories through innovative rhythmic dialogue on the Tabla.
  2. ANURADHA PAL’S STREE SHAKTI – First all-female percussion based Hindustani Carnatic music band.
  3. Su-Fo-Re- – Folkroots band combining Sufi, Qawwali, and uplifting Rajasthani folk & Classical music.
  4. COLLABORATIONS with Western classical, New age, Jazz, Latin, African, Flamenco, painting and poetry.
  5. ANURADHA PAL’S RECHARGE – A unique confluence of Latin, African, Jazz and Indian music with world percussion.

She has regaled dignitaries like Honourable President & Prime Minister of India & Queen Elizabeth at major diplomatic events like SAARC Summit, Commonwealth Festival and other international events.

Anuradha Pal ‘stormed the male bastion of Indian Rhythm’ as a child prodigy when barely ten years old, thus becoming a pioneer, firmly establishing herself as a ‘colossus on the percussion firmament’; ‘shattering gender biases & empowering women to pursue more creative paths’.

Anuradha composed the background score for many short films, M.F. Husain’s Bollywood film Gaja Gamini & top selling Fusion albums like ‘Get Recharged!’, ‘Passion’, ‘Kesaria’, ‘Recharge Plus!’ & ‘Nirvana’.

Anuradha is a Masters in Music and has contributed in research & taught at several prestigious IVY league US universities. She takes online classes & also teaches at the Anuradha Pal Cultural Academy, Andheri, Mumbai. As Founder – Director of Sur aaur Saaz Music label & events, Anuradha releases diverse albums/ caller tunes & organizes Music for Wellness workshops & Concerts / Festivals.

Anuradha Pal’s story is that of courage, fortitude, commitment & creativity. In the face of rejection for being a girl from a non-musician family in the male dominated field of Tabla, she has dealt with chauvinism, discrimination & nepotism with grit, to turn every stumbling block into an opportunity to reinvent herself & grow her skills & offerings and become a prominent Torchbearer of Indian Music.


  • With Ustad Zakir Hussain
  • TED Talk
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
First Ladies Award (2018)
Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Puraskar (2006)
Excellence Award (Canada)
Dagar Gharana Samman (2013)
Malva Rangmanch Samiti Awards (2011)
Zee Astitva, Fempowerment, Star Taal Awards
Concert tours with Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia
Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo (Italy) & UK concert tour with Pt. V.M. Bhatt
Stree Shakti with Pan African Orchestra & at Rhythm Sticks Festival
Performance for prominent Ministers at Tejaswini 100th Episode (Delhi)
Masters of Indian Music & Musique Multi Montreal Festivals
Stree Shakti - WOMAD Reading 1999




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