World’s First All-Female Indian Classical Band
Formed in 1996 by Anuradha Pal, Stree Shakti band has been enthralling audiences for over 20 years with its flawless presentation of engaging combinations from both, Hindustani & 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.
Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band features top Indian women musicians on Hindustani Sarod, Carnatic Mandolin, Vocal, Ghatam, Mridangam & Kanjira, led by the World renowned Tabla Maestro, Pandita Anuradha Pal on Tabla, African Djembe, Turkish Darabuka & World percussion.
This innovative & path-breaking band challenges gender stereotypes & biases, celebrating the emergence of woman power in the ‘male-bastion of Indian Rhythm’, promoting female empowerment, inclusion, opportunity, equality & dignity.
Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti has 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.
Stree Shakti’s major 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 Sangeeth Sabha, Hydourite Festival, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Bangalore Percussive Arts, World Music festival, Bharat Bhavan, MP Kala Parishad, Lilavati Hospital to name a few.
India Weekly (WOMAD 1999)
" Pure Music - what a storm!!"
" Voice and instruments spell out a haunting universe of an all feminine bravado that presents Indian music in appealing and joyous strains."
" 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."