First all-girl Hindustani Carnatic fusion band
India’s first all girl Classical band Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti has been enthralling worldwide audiences with its flawless presentation of engaging combinations from both, Hindustani & Carnatic systems of Indian 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 25 years!!
Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band has provided a platform to over 75 talented women musicians, thus inspiring many youth & talented girls to realise their dreams. The band members credit Anuradha Pal, with mentoring & boosting their confidence, uniting gifted Musicians & enhancing their career opportunities through Anuradha’s dedicated efforts for empowerment, inclusivity and diversity.
The band’s performance at the world famous WOMAD Festival (U.K. 1999) for 150,000 fans, 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 collaborated with the Pan African Orchestra for a concert tour of England, Ireland & Scotland in 2002.
Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band has performed widely in India, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Thailand, Singapore & the African continent. They have enthralled mammoth audiences at prestigious International Music Festivals like 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, Sacred Spirit Festival, Malleshwaram Sangeeth Sabha, Hydourite Festival, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Bangalore Percussive Arts, World Music festival, Bharat Bhavan, MP Kala Parishad, Lilavati Hospital to name just a few.
" For those interested in music that blends the traditional & contemporary, this is highly recommended. Clearly, Anuradha Pal and her female pals have a winner."
" Voice and instruments spell out a haunting universe of an all-feminine bravado that presents Indian Music in appealing and joyous strains."
India Weekly (WOMAD 1999)
" Pure Music - what a storm!!"
" Anuradha Pal and her partners were sensational - Stree Shakti exuded physical confidence & joy."
" The band produced some really powerful beats performing expertly, with vigorous energy and amazing co-ordination. A memorable performance. "
East Anglian Times
" Alluring display of Indian girl power - simply magic! Enthusiastic applause... the audiences had been bewitched!!!"
Maldon Standard, UK
" World class musicians prove Stree Shakti - stunning display by Anuradha Pal."