‘One of India’s leading and most innovative Percussionists’, ‘Rhythm Queen’ & ‘Tabla phenomenon’ Anuradha Pal is the First Professional Female Tabla virtuoso in the world, a creative, trail blazer, Trendsetter & Multi-percussionist. Her meaningful thought leadership, entrepreneurship & incredible contribution in propagating Indian Music, culture & female empowerment have made her a National pride, youth icon & inspiration to multitudes across the globe..
Anuradha has been enthralling audiences worldwide with her diverse offerings as a Tabla soloist, accompanist with top class musicians, Fusion bands - Stree Shakti & Su-Fo-Re and collaborations with World Music be it Folk, Semi classical, Western classical, New age, Jazz, Latin, African, Flamenco along with Fashion, painting, poetry & Kathak.
A recipient of the ‘First Ladies’ National Award from the President of India, Anuradha made India proud by becoming the youngest Indian musician & the first female Indian Musician, to ever perform at the World-famous Woodstock Festival, '08 & WOMAD Festival ’99.
With the blessings of her family & Gurus, Ustads Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain, Anuradha has performed extensively with World-renowned Musicians & regaled dignitaries like Honourable President & Prime Minister of India & Queen Elizabeth at major diplomatic events.
Acknowledged as a ‘Woman of Pure Wonder’, Anuradha is the Brand Ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ initiative and is a TOP Graded artist of Prasar Bharati & ICCR.
Anuradha Pal ‘stormed the male bastion of Indian Rhythm’ as a child prodigy when barely ten years old, thus becoming a pioneer, firmly establishing herself as a ‘colossus on the percussion firmament’; thereby ‘shattering gender biases & empowering women to pursue more creative paths’.
Anuradha has received several prestigious awards like the Femina Super Women achievers’ award, Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Puraskar, Zee Astitva award to name a few, for her meaningful thought leadership, entrepreneurship & commitment.
Anuradha has composed the background score for many short films, M.F. Husain's Bollywood film Gaja Gamini as well as top selling Fusion albums like ‘Get Recharged!’, ‘Passion’, ‘Kesaria’, ‘Recharge Plus!’ & ‘Nirvana’.
Anuradha has a Masters Degree in Music and has contributed in research & taught at several prestigious IVY league US universities. She also teaches online and takes classes at the Anuradha Pal’s Tabla Academy, Andheri, Mumbai. She organises concerts, Music for wellness workshops & festivals through her organisation, Sur aaur Saaz Music events.
Anuradha Pal’s story is that of courage, fortitude, commitment & creativity. In the face of rejection for being a girl from a non-musician family in the male dominated field of Tabla, she dealt with unfair chauvinism, discrimination & politics with grit & charm, to turn every stumbling block into an opportunity to reinvent herself & grow her skills & offerings, “Anuradha’s deep reverence for tradition, spiritual upbringing with youthful energy, broad perspectives, humility and boundless commitment to her art” (India Abroad Weekly, USA, 2006) made her excel and establish herself as a ‘prominent Torchbearer of Indian music’ (2017).
Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.
Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary