ANURADHA PAL - TABLA MAESTRO | INNOVATIVE PERCUSSIONIST | COMPOSER | TED SPEAKER

“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 has been hailed as ‘One of the world’s leading & most innovative Tabla maestros, percussionists and composers’. Recognised 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 widely acclaimed as an ‘exemplary Torchbearer’ of Indian Music in Who’s Who Journals Worldwide.

Epitomising musical innovation, excellence in musical experimentation & trailblazing entrepreneurial spirit, Anuradha created India’s first all- girl Classical band, Stree Shakti in 1996 which is performing actively in top festivals. Anuradha’s historic concerts at the most prestigious, Woodstock and WOMAD festivals, as the first and youngest female Indian musician, won her the ‘First Ladies’ National award from the President of India in 2018. PM Modi bestowed the esteemed title of ‘Bharat ki Laxmi’ on Anuradha Pal, thus highlighting her global impact and fame.

Presenting 5000+ scintillating concerts in prestigious festivals across 30 countries, Anuradha has already received over 108 awards. Her historic Tabla cum Multi-percussion performance at the Dior Fall ’23 show marked a ground-breaking moment, blending live music seamlessly with the world of fashion to global acclaim. Her instrumental music video ‘Kautilya’, has garnered over 13 million views, showcasing her unparalleled virtuosity and artistry to a worldwide audience.

In addition to performing scintillating Tabla solos and accompanying masters like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain & cross cultural collaborations, Anuradha Pal has has pioneered a unique, innovative audio- visual storytelling presentation called ‘Anuradha’s Tablas Sing Stories‘. The Anuradha Pal Collective presents captivating renditions of ‘Ramayan on Tabla‘, ‘Krishna Ke Taal‘ & ‘Shiva Shakti‘, combining rhythmic poetry with vocals, instrumentals and percussion like a musical theatre.

With a huge social media fan following with over 5 million video views, Anuradha Pal has regaled Honourable President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister of India and inspired millions with her distinct humility, creativity and passion for excellence, inclusivity & diversity.

A disciple of Ustads Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, Anuradha Pal , where she presents captivating renditions of ‘Ramayan on Tabla‘, ‘Krishna Ke Taal‘ , ‘Shiva Shakti‘ and the Anuradha Pal Collective – a fusion ensemble redefining musical boundaries.

Anuradha’s background score in the famous Bollywood film ‘Gaja Gamini‘ using only Tabla & Voice, was highly acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival (1999). She has composed music for short films like ‘Stealing Gods’, ‘Geet aur Geeta’, along with 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.

She 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 is an educator and mentor at Anuradha Pal Cultural Academy, Mumbai and online for the benefit of international students. Anuradha Pal is the Brand Ambassador of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and a female empowerment icon, who is considered among the finest percussionists in the world. Anuradha contributed Rs 18 lakh towards Covid relief to help 350 Artists, instrument makers and 270 women & children in villages and towns across 20 states of India, during the pandemic. A Brand Ambassador of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Anuradha instituted the M.T. Vyas Stree Shakti award in 2020 to encourage outstanding young women towards Indian music, dance and social service. Anuradha channels her foundation APCF to conceptualise and curate ‘Wellness Experiences’ – by presenting a unique holistic approach to achieve a healthy mind, body and soul. APCFs ‘Positive Weekends’ & ‘Workshops of Wellness’ (WOW) initiatives have already benefited over 6000 children and 2500 adults. Tax free donations are utilised to promote unity amidst diversity, Indian culture, heritage, Go Green & female empowerment.


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 of Musical Revolution

Heralding of 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)

AUDIO

PRESS CLIPPINGS

 The Tribune

The Tribune

"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."

Maharashtra Times

Maharashtra Times

"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."

Afternoon D & C

Afternoon D&C

"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."

New Indian Express

New Indian Express

"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."