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ANURADHA PAL
Rhythm Queen. Trailblazing Tabla maestro.
Global icon fusing Classical brilliance with modern innovation.
A true Game-changer. India’s visionary, musical pioneer.

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

Pandita Anuradha Pal, the world’s FIRST professional female Tabla maestro (by Limca Book of records), is celebrated as a leading and innovative percussionist and composer. With over 5000 concerts across 30 countries and 108 awards, including the 'First Ladies' National award and 'Bharat ki Laxmi' title from PM Modi, her influence is profound.

In 1996, Anuradha founded India's first all-girl Classical band, Stree Shakti which continues to shine at major festivals. Her historic performances at Woodstock and WOMAD distinguished her as the first and youngest female Indian musician to perform at these prestigious festivals.

Anuradha’s groundbreaking performance at the Dior Fall ’23 show seamlessly blended Indian music with fashion, earning global acclaim. Her instrumental music video ‘Kautilya’,has garnered over 13 million views.

Anuradha pioneered the innovative audio-visual presentation, 'Anuradha’s Tablas Sing Stories' in 2005, which has achieved great popularity and engagement among the youth & music aficionados. Captivating renditions of 'Ramayan on Tabla' , 'Krishna Ke Taal' , 'Shiva Shakti' are presented by The Anuradha Pal Collective band, which combines Folk & Spiritual music with rhythmic poetry, presenting vocals, instrumentals and percussion like a musical theatre.

Anuradha has accompanied legends like Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and collaborated with International Jazz, African, Flamenco and world musicians. Blessed by Gurus Ustads Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain, parents Ila & Devinder Pal and husband Shyam Sharma, Anuradha paid tribute to her Guru, leading a world record 217 Tabla players.

Anuradha has a massive social media following and has inspired millions with her humility, creativity and passion for excellence. Hailed as a trailblazer and trendsetter by Encyclopedia Britannica, her background score in the film ‘Gaja Gamini’ was acclaimed at Cannes.

Anuradha has composed music for short films like ‘Stealing Gods’, ‘Geet aur Geeta’ & composed trendsetting albums like ‘Recharge Plus’, ‘Nirvana’, ‘Passion’ & ‘Get Recharged!’, playing over 50 percussion tracks in one song! Her music videos like ‘Dancing Rain’, ‘Bharat Vandan’, ‘Taal Tiranga’ & ‘Tabla Tonic’ have been greatly appreciated by Foreign consulates and the Indian Diaspora.

As a composer, researcher, teacher, percussionist and mentor, she contributes significantly to the field of music education & propagation. A Masters in Music & University topper, she has contributed to research for ‘Relationship between Music, Language & the Brain’ at Neurosciences Institute, San Diego and Harvard Science Centre. Invited to teach at IVY league universities, Anuradha also teaches at Anuradha Pal Cultural Academy (APCA Mumbai), mentors students online & conducts workshops across the world.

Anuradha’s philanthropic efforts include a substantial contribution to Covid relief and establishing the M.T. Vyas Stree Shakti award to encourage young women in music and social service. Through her foundation, APCF, she promotes wellness, Indian culture, unity and female empowerment, benefiting thousands.


dior

Dior

Brand Endorsements

Brand Endorsements

Bank Of Baroda

Bank Of Baroda

Tata Zoya Diamonds

Tata Zoya Diamonds

Femina Project Eve

Femina Project Eve

Tanishq launch

Woman of Substance' at Tanishq launch

First Ladies Award

First Ladies Award

Maha Rajya Sanskruti

Maha Rajya Sanskruti

Dadar Gharana Samman

Dadar Gharana Samman

Beats of Unbeaten Path

Beats of Unbeaten Path

Queen of Tabla

Queen of Tabla

Heralding a Musical Revolution

Heralding a Musical Revolution

WOMAD Reading 1999 for 150,000 fans

WOMAD Reading 1999 for 150,000 fans

Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo (Italy) & UK concert tour with Pt. V.M. Bhatt

Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo (Italy) & UK concert tour with Pt. V.M. Bhatt

Stree Shakti with Pan African Orchestra & at Rhythm Sticks Festival

Stree Shakti with Pan African Orchestra & at Rhythm Sticks Festival

GUFTAGOO (RSTV)
IN CONVERSATION (DD INDIA)
TAAL KAMAAL (SANSAD TV)

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Press Clippings

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.

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 carries the methodical intuition of her Ustads, their clarity & showmanship in finger ments.... 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.