Anuradha Paudwal

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Dr.Anuradha Paudwal
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Background information
Birth name Alka Nadakarni
Born 27 October 1952 (1952-10-27) (age 64)
Karwar, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka
Genres playback singing, bhajans
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocalist
Years active 1973–present
Labels T-Series, Tips Music, Venus Records

Anuradha Paudwal (born 27 October 1952) is an Indian playback singer in Bollywood. Anuradha Paudwal honored with honorary degree of D.Lit., the second singer who receives this degree after Lata Mangeshkar. In 2017, the Government of India awarded her Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in recognition[2] of her achievements.She is a four-time winner from 15 nominations of the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, a recipient of the National Film Award. She has sung 8996 songs in Hindi only and some songs of other languages including her marathi songs. she is also very popular in devotional songs. Kavita Paudwal is her daughter, she is also a popular bhajan as well as a bollywood singer. Kavita took training from her mother, Anuradha Paudwal with Suresh Wadkar. Anuradha Paudwal is also best known for crooning devotional songs (bhajans) and is a known face in Devotional field. She has sung numerous bhajans in hindi and many other languages. She has sung many bhajans. Some of her albums are Aaja Maa, Durga Amritwani, Mahakali Amritwani, Shri Saraswati Chalisa, Jai Triveni Sangam Har Har, Mahamrutunjya Mantra Jaap Mala, Gayatri Mantra, Durga Saptshati, Navdurga Vandana, Mahakali Chalisa, Jai Kali Kali Kali and many more. She has sung more than 1,500 bhajans. She has an foundation named Suryauday. Most of the bhajans by her were released under the label T-Series.

She has sung in several languages including Hindi, Kannada, Rajasthani, Pahari, Marathi, Sanskrit, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya, Assamese, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Nepali and Maithili.[citation needed]


Anuradha was born in Karwar, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka as ' Alka Nadakarni ' in a Konkani family and was brought up in Mumbai. 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.[citation needed]

She also came into focus when she challenged Lata Mangeshkar's claim to having recorded the maximum number of songs in a single day. She also accused the Mangeshkar sisters for indulging in monopoly. This outspoken nature at times landed her in trouble as the music directors of the industry feared to face the wrath of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle and they often avoided Anuradha Paudwal.Many a times Anuradha's songs were dubbed by Lata such as Main Teri Dushman (Nagina) and many such songs.

Paudwal continued to conquer new horizons and winning accolades (Anuradha has won three Filmfare awards in a row for Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin and Beta). She was on the verge of being the next Lata Mangeshkar. Even the legendary composer O P Nayyar commented, "Lata is finished, Anuradha has replaced her." During this period, everything seemed to be working for the singer who left her contemporaries far behind. Kavita Krishnamurthy has always stated that, "Among my counterparts (Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, etc.) Anuradha is the best singer."[citation needed]

At her peak Anuradha Paudwal announced that she would exclusively sing for T-Series only. This stand benefited Alka Yagnik who just zoomed to the top with her newfound association with Nadeem-Shravan and Anu Malik, who had stopped composing for Gulshan Kumar due to some differences. As she stopped singing songs for films and concentrated more on devotional and cover-version albums, she harmed her immensely successful career. For almost five years, Anuradha Paudwal did not sing for many films and for any other music company.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed]

Anuradha apparently never received any formal training in classical music, stating in an interview,[1] "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".[2]

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, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, 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, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Hariharan and Rajesh Krishnan.[citation needed]

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, Hamsalekha, 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.


Lyricists she has worked with include Majrooh Sultanpuri, Anand Bakshi, S.H. Bihari, Faaiz Anwar, Hasrat Jaipuri, Gulshan Bawra, Gulzar, Indeevar, Javed Akhtar, Sameer, Dev Kohli, and Sayeed Quadri.


Anuradha sang in a number of Marathi movies including "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.


Anuradha has sung a number of super hit Kannada film songs and few devotional songs. She once said in an interview that she wants songs to sing in Kannada language.[3] Anuradha has given her live performance in Mysore Dasara, a prestigious stage for Indian singing stars.[4] She has given many super hit songs like "Kannada nadina", "Navamasa ninnanu", "yarittaree chukki", "sai sai preethse" and recent hits like "El ellinda" a super hit song from the 2003 Kannada movie Kariya.[5]

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Personal life[edit]

She was married to the late Arun Paudwal who worked with music director S. D. Burman as his assistant. She has a daughter named Kavita Paudwal, who is a singer, and a son, Aditya Paudwal.[citation needed]

Popular Bollywood music album[edit]

Anuradha paudwal has solo female singer for these movies- Pyar bhara dil, Ghar aaya mera pardesi, Sadak, Lal dupatta mal mal ka, Kasam Teri Kasam, Saathi, Junoon, Aaye Milan ki raat, Meera ka mohan, Bahar aane tak, Dhaai akshar prem ke, Pyar Pyar, Dastoor, Beta, Dil hai ke manta nahin, Maina, Deewana sanam, Main Tera aashiq, Ek dhun Pyar ki, Sangeet, Sahibaan, Doodh ka karz, Jaan ki kasam, Yaadon ke mausam, Shabnam Chor aur chand, Aashiqui, Aaja meri jaan, Bewafa sanam Etc.[citation needed]

Popular Pop album[edit]

Ahsaas (beete din beete pal), Aashiyan, Deewanigie, Ishq hua, Bewafa Sanam (All series), Raat, Chaahat, Asar, Rishta, Ishq etc.



  • 2017 Suvarnagaurav Awards
  • 2017: Padma Shri- India's fourth civilian honour.
  • 2016: D litt Award
  • 2010: Lata Mangeshkar Award
  • 2011: Mother Teresa Award for Lifetime Achievement[7]
  • 2015: Suvarnaratna Awards-2015
  • 2004 Mahakaal award from Madhya Pradesh govt.
  • the citizen award, which she received at the hand of late Shri Rajiv Gandhi in 1989
  • national award of 1990 by the then president Shri Venkat Raman,
  • she had got the 28th Maharashtra state Marathi film award in 1990.
  • Mahila Shiromani award in 1993 at the hands of the first lady smt. vimal sharma.
  • the India international gold award & the gold medal for the year 1994.
  • the NRI association has honoured her with the Natraaj awards.

Awards and 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
Odisha State Film Awards
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
2004 Best Playback Singer (Female) Intezaar – Paap Nominated


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