Anuradha Paudwal was born as Alka Nadakarni on 27 October 1954 in Karwar in the state of Karnataka, India. She is an Indian Playback Singer who is known for her work in Bollywood Industry. She studied at Xavier’s College in Mumbai (Bombay).
Anuradha debuted as a singer in 1973 with a Shiva Shloka from the film Abhimaan. In 1976, she got her breakthrough as a playback singer in Hindi film Kalicharan. She marked her first solo with the film Aap Beeti. She embraced success with hit renditions from the films Hero (1983), Meri Jung (1985), Batwara (1989), Nagina (1986), and Ram Lakhan (1989). Her hit songs like Nazar Ke Saamne from Aashiqui, Title Track from Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from the film Beta are still revered to be her finest. Besides crooning for movies, she also delivered successful albums like Choodiyan, Ishq Hua, Afsana and several others. Additionally, she sang several devotional songs. She also gave her vocals for composers Rajesh Roshan for the film Des Pardes, Jaidev for the film Dooriyan and Laila Majnu), Kalyanji-Anandji for the film Kalaakar and Vidhataa, and Usha Khanna for the film Souten and Sajan Bina Suhagan. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, honoured by the Government of India in 2017, the National Film Award and a four Filmfare Awards.
Some of her notable songs include:
Tamma Tamma Loge
Tumhein Apna Banane Ki
Mujhe Neend Na Aaye
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam
O Sathiya O Beliya
Anuradha’s father was against her passion for singing, but her mother was supportive towards her talent and she was admitted to a local music school to learn singing. She tied the knot with Arun Paudwal, who was a music composer. They have a son named Aditya Paudwal and a daughter Kavita Paudwal, who is also a singer. She had her share of controversies. She dubbed the songs of Alka Yagnik from the film “Dil” and Lata Mangeshkar’s song from “Radha Ka Sangam”, as she believed that her voice suited the female protagonist much better.