She was born in a Karwar in Karnataka in Maharashtrian Brahmin Family 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, Sajan 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”.7
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 Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, 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 S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and K. J. Yesudas.
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 and 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.
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.
Geet & Ghazal Albums
- Aashiyanwith pankaj udhas
- Deewangeewith chandan daas
- Ahsaas with shankar mahadevan
- Afsana (1997)with sonu nigam
- Ishq Hua (2000)
- Choodiyaan (2002)
- isaq(1996)with chandan daas
- raat(1997)with babul supriyo
- mere mehboob(1995)with anwer
- tere khushboo me base khat(1996)with jaswant sing
- asar(1990)with manhar
- rishta(1996)with jaswant sing
- sikhar(1996)with jaswant sing
- ishq with suresh wadekar (2012)
- a tribute to madan mohan vol.1&2&3)
- a trubute to shankar jaikishan
- a tribute to roshan
- a tribute to chitragupt
- a tribute to hemant kumar
- a tribute to musical mesters vol 1& 2 with sonu nigam
- a tribute to r.d.barman (vol.1&2)
- a tribute to s.d.barman (vol.1&2)
- aapki yaden Vol.1&2.
- bewafa sanam vol.1 to 7. with sonu nigam
- man bewafa nahi with kavita paudwal
- with love yash chopra
- dil mera dhadkan teri with nitin mukesh
- ek dhun pyar ki
- pagla kahin ka
- durga saptsati
- shri mad bhagwat geeta
- shri ram charit manas.
- gayatri mantra
- shiv mahin strotra
- amrat vani(shiv,durga,kali,sai,ram,krashna,kalika, &others)
- shri hanumaan chalisha
- chalisha sangrah.
- bhajan sandhya
- premanjali pushpanjali
- jai jagjanni
- tulsi bhajnamrat
- ram bhajan
- ram ratan dhan payo
- shabad gayan
- bhairav stuti
- ganga lahiri
- param arth
- bholi bhali radha chatur gopal
- radhe radhe japo chale aayenge bihari
- radha dhoodh rahi kisi ne mera shyam dekha
- braj ras
- yugal ras
- shiv aradhna (vol.1&2)
- shiv mahima .
- shiv sagar
- hari hari govind bol.
- mere to girdhar gopal.
- santo ki vani
- maiya ka jagrata
- maiya ki jai ho
- maiya aa jana
- dildaar hai kanhaiya
- mhara sawra
- sherabali ki sharan main
- ram raksha stotra
Main article: List of songs recorded by Anuradha Paudwal
- 2010: Lata Mangeshkar Award
- 2011: Mother Teresa Award for Lifetime Achievement
- 2004 mahakaal award for mp 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 ,
- two maharashtra state govt.award .
- tree sur singaar award
- she had got the 28th maharashtra state maarathi film award in 1990.
- the prestigious 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.
- the sumu award for devotional music.
- samrat vikrmaditya award for mp govt. 2012
- mohd. rafi award for maharastra govt. 2013
Awards & Nominations
|National Film Awards|
|1989||Best Playback Singer (Female)||He Ek Reshami – Kalat Nakalat||Won|
|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|
|Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards|
|2004||Best Playback Singer (Female)||Intezaar – Paap||Nominated|