Anuradha Paudwal

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Anuradha Paudwal
Anuradha Paudwal at BIG FM Marathi Awards.jpg
Background information
Genres playback singing, bhajans
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1973–present

Anuradha Paudwal is an Indian playback singer in Bollywood.

She is noted in Hindi cinema with a career spanning three decades.She is a record five-time winner from a record of 15 nominations of the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, a two-time recipient of the National Film Award She has sung in several languages including Hindi, Marwari, Pahari, Marathi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Assamese, Punjabi, Bhojpuri and Nepali.[citation needed]


She was born in a Karwar in Karnataka as Alka Nadkarni, she studied at Xavier's College. Her singing career started in 1973 with the movie, Abhimaan, (starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan) in which she sang a Shloka (a Sanskrit verse). In the same year she also made her Marathi film debut with "Yashoda" (music by Datta Davjekar). In 1974, she brought out a record of Non-film Marathi songs or "bhav geeten" which became very popular.

In 1976, she got her break as a playback singer in Hindi films with Kalicharan (starring Shatrughan Sinha and Reena Roy). Her first solo was in the movie, Aap Beati, (starring Hema Malini and Shashi Kapoor). Laxmikant-Pyarelal were the music-composer duo for that movie. She also occasionally sang songs for composers Rajesh Roshan (Udhar Ka Sindoor), Jaidev (Dooriyan, Laila Majnu), Kalyanji Anandji (Kalaakar, Vidhaata), and Usha Khanna (Souten, Saajan Bina Suhagan).

Anuradha apparently never received any formal training in classical music, stating in an interview, "I have not received any formal training in classical music. I have tried many times, but it has never worked out. I learnt a little here and a little there, but ultimately, I just practiced for many hours listening to Lataji".[1]

Anuradha gained recognition with her popular numbers for the movie, Hero, for composers Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Her collaboration with Laxmikant-Pyarelal produced more success with songs for Meri Jung ("O Mere Kwabon Ke"), Batwara ("Thaare Vaaste Re Dola-Tu Maaro Kaun Lage"), Nagina and many more.Ram Lakhan saw Laxmikant-Pyarelal giving three major hit songs to Anuradha. Their association ended with Tezaab where she sang two good numbers for them – "Kehdo Ki Tum" and "Hum Tumko Dilbar Kyon Maane".

Following this she collaborated with movie producer, Gulshan Kumar, and began a success streak with the movies, Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka, Tezaab, Aashiqui and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin. She along with Gulshan Kumar were instrumental in getting many unknown playback singers to the fore, including Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Sonu Nigam. New Music directors, including her husband Arun Paudwal, were introduced to the music world. Nadeem-Shravan, Anu Malik, Anand-Milind, Nikhil Vinay and Amar Utpal all collaborated with T-Series (Gulshan Kumar's music label) and started a new era of melody in Bollywood. Most of her duets have been with Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Mohammed Aziz. She sang some songs with Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi and also with her female co-singers; Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy and Sadhana Sargam. Her other notable songs were also for the famous duo Shiv-Hari, for the movie "Sahebaan". She has also sung for R.D. Burman in her initial days and actually convinced him to make songs for Gulshan Kumar's label in his last days and the song "Aja Meri Jaan" set to one of the background score of R.D.Burman from Saagar is still popular. She also sang beautiful duets with her co-singers from south, notably Dr. K. J. Yesudas and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.

Work with[edit]

Music Directors

She has worked with many music directors like S. D. Burman, Jaidev, Shiv-Hari, Ravindra Jain, Laxmikant–Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji, Rahul Dev Burman, Rajesh Roshan, Bappi Lahiri, Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin Lalit, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Jagjit Singh, Anup Jalota, Uttam Singh, Raam Laxman, Arun Paudwal, Usha Khanna, Viju Shah, Anand Raj Anand, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Himesh Reshammiya, M. M. Keeravani, Aadesh Shrivastava, Sajid-Wajid, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nikhil Vinay, Daboo Malik, Sukhwinder Singh, Adnan Sami, Sanjeev-Darshan and Ajay-Atul.


Including Majrooh Sultanpuri, Anand Bakshi, Gulzar, Indeevar, Javed Akhtar, Sameer, Dev Kohli, Sayeed Quadri, etc.


Anuradha believed to have dubbed the songs of Alka Yagnik in the film Dil. This also caused rifts between Anand-Milind and Alka Yagnik, thereby causing them to not collaborate for 2 years. Later in 1998, Anuradha Paudwal dubbed the songs of Alka Yagnik once again for the film Itihaas, this time under the music direction of Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen. Alka Yagnik protested, to which the music company, T-Series was forced to include both versions of the same song, one in the voice of Alka Yagnik and the other in the voice of Anuradha Paudwal. She went to dub Lata Mangeshkar's song in Radha Ka Sangam citing that her voice suited the heroine better. Anu Malik, a smaller name then, who had composed the soundtrack, protested against this move.

At her peak, Anuradha announced that henceforth she would sing exclusively for "T-Series", and concentrated on devotional songs and "cover-version" albums. T-Series used her fame to good effect in numerous Bhajan and promotional videos. She was the first playback singer whose face featured on music covers more than the film's actors. She sang for T-series for some time and then went into a sabbatical. After about five years, she restarted her playback career. She sang a few hit songs for her old music directors but the reception for her comeback was mild.


Anuradha sang in a number of Marathi movies including the memorable "Disate Majalaa", "Raja Lalakaari", and "Kaalyaa Maatita Maatitaa". Most of these movies had music by the duo of Anil-Arun, Arun being her husband, who collaborated with Anil Mohile to form a pair.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to the late Arun Paudwal who worked with music director S. D. Burman as his assistant. She also has a daughter named Kavita Paudwal, who is a singer, and a son, Aditya Paudwal. She has married three times but husband has died.

Bollywood Songs[edit]

She has sung a total of 1,510 songs in Hindi and 19 songs in Oriya.


Awards & Nominations[edit]

Year Category Song/Nomination Result
National Film Awards
1989 Best Playback Singer (Female) He Ek Reshami – Kalat Nakalat Won
Filmfare Awards
1983 Best Playback Singer (Female) Maine Ek Geet Likha Hai – Yeh Nazdeekiyan Nominated
1984 Best Playback Singer (Female) Tu Mera Hero Hain – Hero Nominated
1986 Best Playback Singer (Female) Mere Man Bajo Mridang – Utsav Won
1989 Best Playback Singer (Female) Keh Do Ki Tum – Tezaab Nominated
1990 Best Playback Singer (Female) Tera Naam Liya – Ram Lakhan Nominated
Bekhabar Bewafa – Ram Lakhan Nominated
1991 Best Playback Singer (Female) Nazar Ke Saamne – Aashiqui Won
Best Playback Singer (Female) Mujhe Neend Na Aaye – Dil Nominated
1992 Best Playback Singer (Female) Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin – Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin Won
Best Playback Singer (Female) Bahut Pyar Karte Hain – Saajan Nominated
1993 Best Playback Singer (Female) Dhak Dhak Karne Laga – Beta Won
1997 Odisha State Film Awards Best Female Playback Singer "Khandaei AkhiRe Luha" Won
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
2004 Best Playback Singer (Female) Intezaar – Paap Nominated


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