Anuradha Paudwal

Artist Biography

Anuradha Paudwal is an Indian playback singer who works in Bollywood and the Marathi cinema.
She was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2017. She is a recipient of the National Film Award and a four-time winner of the Filmfare Award. Although primarily a filmi singer, she has also sung several bhajans. Her maternal name is Alka Nadkarni . Especially she is a Marathi and Hindi film singer. She has also sung in films including Tamil, Odia, Nepali and Kannada etc. She made her debut in the field of singing from a Sanskrit verse in the Hindi film of the year 1949 named Ahiman. Herart came to the audience for the first time through a 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. The Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group in England boasted Anuradha Paudwal, her music career and social work in the Parliament of England.


Real Name Alka Nadakarni
Nickname T-Series Queen
Profession Playback Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 165 cm
in meters– 1.65 m
in feet inches– 5’ 5”
Eye Colour Dark Brown
Hair Colour Black
Personal Life
Date of Birth 27 October 1952
Age (as in 2019) 67 Years
Birthplace Karwar, Bombay State (now Karnataka), India
Zodiac sign Scorpio
Nationality Indian
Hometown Mumbai, India
College St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India
Debut Bollywood: A Sanskrit ‘Shloka’ in the 1973 film Abhiman
Marathi Film: Song “Yashoda” (music by Datta Davjekar)
Private Album: “Bhav Geeten” (Marathi Album)
Religion Hinduism
Address A duplex located in Khar, a posh western Mumbai suburb
Hobbies Reading, Travelling
Awards/Honours 1986: Won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (Female) for the song, ‘Mere Man Bajo Mridang’ (film, Utsav).
1991: Won two Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Singer (Female) for the songs, ‘Nazar Ke Saamne’ (film, Aashiqui) and ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’ (film, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin).
1993: Won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer (Female) for the song, ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ (film, Beta).
2004: Honoured with ‘Mahakaal Award’ by the Madhya Pradesh govt.
2010: Honoured with the “Lata Mangeshkar Award.”
2011: Honoured with the “Mother Teresa Award.”
2013: Mohammed Rafi Award by the Maharashtra Government
2016: Honoured with the D litt Award.
2017: Honoured with the Padma Shri by the Govt. Of India.


Controversies • Once, Alka Yagnik accused Anuradha Paudwal of stealing her songs and dubbing them in her own voice.
• She attracted controversies when she challenged the legendary Playback Singer Lata Mangeshkar and claimed to have recorded the maximum number of songs in a single day. She also accused the Mangeshkar Sisters of their monopoly in the film industry.
• In January 2020, a 45-year-old woman from Kerala claimed that she was the daughter of Anuradha Paudwal. The woman, Karmala Modex, claimed that she was born in 1974 and the singer gave her up to her foster parents Ponnachan and Agnes when she was just an infant. Karmala also told to media persons that she had filed a petition before the district family court to legally establish the fact of being her the daughter of Paudwal.


Favourite Things
Favourite Singer(s) Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital Status Widow
Husband/Spouse Late Arun Paudwal (Music Composer)


Some Lesser Known Facts About Anuradha Paudwal

  • She was born in a Konkani family in Karwar, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. However, she was brought up in Mumbai.
  • Anuradha says that her interest in music was triggered off by a Lataji song that she had heard on the radio.
  • When she was in 4th standard, she dreamt of hearing Lataji’s voice live.
  • In an interview, she revealed that she was born with a hoarse voice.
  • In her childhood, she fell seriously ill with a severe attack of pneumonia. She lost her voice almost completely and got bed-ridden for 40 days. In those 40 days, she listened to just one voice; Lataji’s.
  • When Anuradha was admitted to the hospital, one of her uncles gifted her a recording of Bhagwad Geeta in the voice of Lataji, and when she recovered, her voice had changed completely. After that, she started moulding her voice.
  • Lata Mangeshkar is no less than a God to Anuradha Paudwal as she credits all her successes to her. She says, “I learnt under several gurus. But her voice has remained my inspiration. It’s like an institution.”
  • Anuradha actively participated in her school and college functions and had won several awards. The very first award that she won was for one of Lataji’s Meera bhajans.
  • At one such school function, due to her hoarse voice, she was disqualified with the judges’ remark, “Voice unfit for Sugam Sangeet.”
  • When she was in her teenage, she fell in love with Arun (a Music Composer). Initially, her father didn’t approve of their marriage because of Arun’s connection with the film industry. Her father believed that girls from respectable families didn’t become a part of show business.
  • When she got married to Arun, she was 17 and Arun was 27.
  • Arun always encouraged her to sing. In fact, he became her close mentor and critic as well.
  • Once, Arun brought her to one of Lataji’s (Lata Mangeshkar) recordings. Anuradha was listening so carefully that she could sing the song live on ‘Yuva Vani,’ a very popular Marathi programme; heard by a lot of people. Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, and several top composers called the radio station to find out who’d been singing. It took them a while to figure out that it was Alka Nadakarni (maiden name of Anuradha Paudwal). They all offered to launch Anuradha Paudwal, but at that time she was not temperamentally inclined.
  • It was the legendary musician, SD Burman, who was the first to offer her a song (actually, a Shiva Shloka) in the 1973 Hindi film, Abhiman (starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri).
  • When Abhiman was released, about 25 to 30 of her family members, friends and neighbours went to to the Plaza Theatre just to see Anuradha’s name in the credits.
  • Anuradha Paudwal’s 1st solo was in the film, Aap Beati, (starring Shashi Kapoor and Hema Malini).
  • Anuradha Paudwal won her first major film award for the song “Mera Man Baje Mridang….” from the film Utsav (1984). She was surprised with the award as she had been hoping to win for Hero’s ‘Tu Mera Janoo Hai….’
  • When she sang the song, ‘Tu Mera Janoo Hai….’ in Subhash Ghai’s film Hero (starring Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri), it became a chartbuster. Initially, it was Lataji’s song, however, due to some reasons, the song went to Anuradha Paudwal.
  • In most of the Subhash Ghai‘s films, Anuradha Paudwal was the signatory singer. She also sang a Gayatri Mantra which even today is a part of Mukta Arts emblem.
  • In the mid-1980s, Anuradha Paudwal recorded 23 songs with Nadeem-Shravan. Later, the songs were used in three films directed by Mahesh Bhatt– Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin and Sadak.
  • In the 1990s, she became the voice of Madhuri Dixit, who was on the verge of becoming a superstar. Remember “Bahut Pyaar Karte Hain Tumko Sanam”, the song just refused to go out of the music charts.
  • With her songs in the films- Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, and Sadak, she rose to the pinnacle of her singing career. However, at the same time, she was going through a personal low as in the year 1983, she lost a daughter who was just one month old. Her husband, Arun, was also very ill. She became mentally fatigued. In the early 1990s, she started retreating from the film industry and announced to sing only for T-Series and took to singing devotionals. This stand benefited Alka Yagnik who just zoomed to the top. The choice of devotional over material was due to her deep interest in spirituality.
  • She had developed a great bonding with the T-Series Mogul Gulshan Kumar. However, when he was shot dead in August 1997, her attitude to success changed. She says, “Today, when I have a hit, it feels nice, but that’s it.”
  • After her husband, Arun’s death, her son, Aditya, became one of the youngest music composers in the film industry. Her daughter, Kavita Paudwal, is also a playback singer.
  • Anuradha has a Foundation named ‘Suryauday’ in the memory of her late husband, Arun.
  • In an interview, she revealed that she apparently never received any formal training in classical music. She said, “I just practised for many hours listening to Lataji.”



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