Anuradha Paudwal

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Anuradha Paudwal
Paudwal at 57th Idea Filmfare Awards, 2011
Paudwal at 57th Idea Filmfare Awards, 2011
Background information
Birth nameAlka Nadkarni
Born (1954-10-27) 27 October 1954 (age 66)[1]
Karwar,[2] Bombay State, India
GenresPlayback singing, Bhajans
Years active1973–present
LabelsT-Series, Tips Music, Venus Worldwide Entertainment

Anuradha Paudwal (born 27 October 1954) is an Indian playback singer who works predominantly in Bollywood.[3][4] She was awarded the Padma Shri,[5] India's fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017.[6] She is a recipient of the National Film Award and a four-time winner of the Filmfare Award.[7][8] Although primarily a playback singer, she has also sung several bhajans.[9]


Anuradha made her debut from a Sanskrit verse in the 1973 Hindi film Abhiman, composed by S. D. Burman.[10] She has also sung in films including Marathi, Tamil, Odia,[11] Nepali, Bengali and Kannada.[12]

Her singing talent was recognised by the audience for the first time for the Marathi film, Yashoda, released in the same year. Since then, she has been singing for about four decades through the soundtrack of movie songs, lyrics and hymns. Anuradha Poudwal uses the money earned from the song to help the families of soldiers who died in the war, to provide electricity to poor families and to solve the problem of malnutrition.

Personal life[edit]

She was born as Alka Nadakarni, in a Marathi speaking family in Karwar.[13][14] She was married to Arun Paudwal, a music composer, with whom she had a son Aditya and a daughter Kavita, a singer by profession.[15][16] On 12 September 2020, her son Aditya died of kidney failure. [17]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Anuradha Paudwal, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 30 March 2017

Filmfare Awards[edit]



  • 1983: Best Female Playback Singer – "Maine Ek Geet Likha Hai" (Yeh Nazdeekiyan)
  • 1984: Best Female Playback Singer – "Tu Mera Hero Hain" (Hero (1983 film))
  • 1989: Best Female Playback Singer – "Keh Do Ki Tum" (Tezaab)
  • 1990: Best Female Playback Singer – "Tera Naam Liya" (Ram Lakhan)
  • 1990: Best Female Playback Singer – "Bekhabar Bewafa" (Ram Lakhan)
  • 1991: Best Female Playback Singer – "Mujhe Neend Na Aaye" (Dil)
  • 1992: Best Female Playback Singer – "Bahut Pyar Karte Hain " (Saajan)

National Film Awards[edit]

Odisha State Film Awards[edit]

Guild Film Awards[edit]


  • She was honoured with D Litt degree by the D.Y. Patil University.[7][22]
  • Gujarat State Tana-Riri award for year 2020-21 to Anuradha Paudwal



  1. ^ Puja Bajaj (27 October 2014). "अनुराधा पौडवाल Happy Birthday, जानें उनकी जिंदगी से जुड़ी कुछ बातें" (in Hindi). Aaj Tak. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. ^ Anuradha Poudwal (in Marathi). Goa Entertainment. 6 May 2020. Event occurs at 2:43. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  3. ^ S. Ravi (29 April 2016). "'Success is ephemeral': Anuradha Paudwal". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ PTI (1 February 2017). "Wanted to quit playback singing at my peak: Anuradha Paudwal". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2017 announced". Press Information Bureau. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ PTI (26 January 2017). "It is prasad for my hard work: Anuradha Paudwal on Padma Shri". Mumbai: Indian Express. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ a b PTI (30 December 2016). "Playback singer Anuradha Paudwal to be conferred with honorary D Litt degree 2018. Rani Laxmi bhai Award". Indian Express. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  8. ^ Tomar, Sangeeta (12 August 2017). "इस सिंगर को दूसरी लता मंगेशकर बनाना चाहते थे गुलशन कुमार" (in Hindi). Amar Ujala. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Anuradha Paudwal birthday special: Top 10 songs from the soulful voice". The Free Press Journal. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  10. ^ Anup Pandey (4 March 2017). "I only struggled to be my best". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Anuradha Paudwal Odia Songs".
  12. ^ S. Ravi (29 April 2016). "Success is ephermel". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Happy birthday Anuradha Paudwal: All times Government recognized her". DNA. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  14. ^ Nishika V. (6 May 2017). "Still trailblazer". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Singing sibling". India Today. 15 April 1995. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  16. ^ "My mother's guidance most important to me: Kavita Paudwal". Eenadu. 14 May 2017. Archived from the original on 28 June 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  17. ^ न्यूज़, एबीपी (12 September 2020). "अनुराधा पौडवाल के बेटे आदित्य पौडवाल का अस्पताल में निधन, किडनी की बीमारी से थे पीड़ित". (in Hindi). Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  18. ^ Sharma, Smrity (25 January 2017). "Padma Awards 2017: Aashiqui singer Anuradha Paudwal surprised by the unexpected honour". Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Mohd Rafi Award goes to Anuradha Paudwal". Prahaar. 25 December 2013. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  20. ^ Rajiv Vijayakar (14 April 2011). "Mother Teresa Award for Anuradha". Mumbai: Indian Express. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  21. ^ PTI (6 December 2010). "Ravi, Anuradha Paudwal receive Lata Mangeshkar award". Mumbai: India Today. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  22. ^ Mishra, Sanjay (3 January 2017). "गायिका अनुराधा पौडवाल 'डी लिट' की उपाधि से सम्मानित" (in Hindi). Navbharat Times. Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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