about Anuradha Kuber

Anuradha Kuber; born on the 16th of March in 1972, is a well-known vocalist of the current generation.

She has undergone 15 years of rigorous training under the guidance of veteran musician, Guru Pt. T.D. Janorikar, one of the few foremost exponents of Bhendi-Bazaar Gharana. During the training, she learnt the facets of the gaayaki from her Guru.

Since 2007, she has continued learning under the able guidance of veteran harmonium maestro and musicologist Dr. Arawind Thatte, she has been awarded the ‘A’ grade for Classical music and ‘A-Top’ grade for light and popular music by the All India Radio.

 

♫ Major Performances

Anuradha has been invited to perform all over India in all major cities like Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Gwalior, Kolkata, and Bhopal, to name a few. Some of her memorable performances at many prestigious music events include:

  •  Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, Pune.

  •  Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahostav, Kundagol.

  •  The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.

  •  Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Jayanti Samahora, New Delhi.

  •  Bhendi-Bazaar Gharaana Sammelan, in Pune, Mumbai, Goa, and Satara.

  •  All India Radio Aakashwani Sangeet Sammelan, Jammu.

  •  Gharaana Sammelan, Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

  •  Pt. Balasaheb Poochwale Birth Centenary Ceremony, Gwalior.

  •  Basant Bahar Festival, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.

  •  Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, Mumbai.

  •  Ustad Alladiya Khan Saheb Smruti Samaroha, Chembur, Mumbai.

  •  Swarna Swar Pratibha, a conference at Jaipur, by Sangeet Natak Academy.

  •  India International Centre, New Delhi.

  •  Ustad Abdul Karim Khan Saheb Smruti Samaroha, Miraj.

  •  ‘Aarambha’, at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.

  •  ‘Sur Saagar’, Bengaluru.

  •  Deval Club, Kolhapur.

  • All India Music Conference, Kolkata.

  • Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki Sangeet Mahotsav, Panjim, Goa.

  • LEAP (Leadership Engagement in Artistic Performances), Chennai.

  •  Serendipity Arts Festival Curtain Raiser, at The Royal Opera House, Mumbai.

  •  Paper Presentation at MILAP Manipal Literary Fest, Manipal.

  •  Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa

 

Anuradha has to her credit, a very successful tour to Australia and New Zealand where she performed at the celebrated Perth Festival,

the Aukland Festival, at Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane (Spirit of India organisation).

 

♫ Awards & Scholarships

Anuradha has been awarded with several awards and scholarships, significant among them are:

  •  Dattopant Deshpande Puraskar (awarded at the Sawai Gandharwa Sangeet Mahotsav, Pune)

  • Gaanhira Award, C. Ramachandra Award, and Smt. Mokashi Award, for having topped the Master’s Degree examinations in Music from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai.

  •  Paingankar Puraskar, awarded by Pt. Jasraj Mitra Mandal, Pune.

  •  Smt. Usha Atre-Wagh Puraskar, given by Kirana Gharana maestro Dr. Prabha Atre.

  •  Late Sudhir Phadke Yuwonmesh Puraskar.

  •  ‘Soor Mani’ Puraskar, by Sur-Singaar Sansad, Mumbai.

  •  Samarth Ramdas Swami Puraskar.

  •  Manik Verma Puraskar, by Swaranand Pratishthan, Pune.

  •  Radio Mirchi Award for the Best Upcoming Female Vocalist and

  •  Filmfare Award for the Best Female Playback Singer, for her song ‘Maaze Tuze’ in the popular Marathi film ‘Muramba’.

Anuradha has been the recipient of the Central Government Scholarship and Fellowship for two years each, awarded by the H.R.D. Ministry and Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. She was also awarded the Madhav Shankar Karve Scholarship (London) for one year.

 

♫ Discography

  •  ‘Mehfil’ – Flash Music Company – Collection of Raag sangeet renditions.

  •  ‘Srujan Pratham’ – Rainbow Music Company – Collection of Bandish-s written and composed by musicologist and harmonium artist Dr. Chaitanya Kunte.

  •  ‘Sanchayan’ – Collection of Raag sangeet renditions.

  •  ‘Hidden Gems’ - Mystica, New Delhi – Collection of Raag sangeet renditions.

  •  Studio Series – RagaNxt, Pune. – Collection of Raag sangeet and a semi classical composition.

  •  ‘Reviving Traditions’ – Sonic Octaves – Collection of Ustad Aman Ali Khan Saheb’s compositions

 

♫ Academic Qualifications

  •  B.A. in English Literature from Fergusson College, Pune, with French and Indian History as her main subjects.

  •  M.A. in Indian Music from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai (topped the exam).

  •  Junior Research Fellowship from the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

  •  Topped the Advanced Diploma in French language from Alliance Françoise, Pune.

 

♫ Light & Popular Music (Sugam Sangeet)

  •  Anuradha is awarded the ‘A-Top’ grade in Sugam Sangeet by All India Radio.

 

  •  She has been ssociated with veterans like Shri. Gajananrao Watve, Smt. Anuradha Marathe, Shri. Anand Modak, and Shri. Ashok Patki, to name a few. She also performed at the centenary celebrations of veteran singer G.N Joshi

 

  •  Anuradha has performed in many prestigious Marathi light music concerts, including ‘Akhil Bharatiya Sugam Sangeet Sammelan’, ‘Shukratara’, ‘Omkar swaroopa’, and ‘Phite Andharache Jaale’, and also performed in two television programmes on E TV Marathi, ‘Prabhat Geete’ and ‘Garaje Krishna Teer’.

 

  •  She has also worked with the next generation of music composers like Dr. Chaitanya Kunte, Narendra Bhide, Raja Phatak, and Jeevan–Rohit.

 

  •  She has sung for a Marathi Gazal album ‘Sobaticha Karar’, and a Marathi Bhaaw Geet Album ‘Akash Mogara’, composed by Dr. Chaitanya Kunte.

 

 

  •  Anuradha’s gazal ‘Maaze tuze’ for the movie ‘Muramba’ (released in 2017) has become very popular amongst all audiences. She was awarded the Radio Mirchi Best Female Vocalist Award and the Filmfare Best Female Vocalist Award in 2018 for this song.

 

♫ New Avenues

Anuradha has been associated with many creative music projects and programmes, like 

  • Suran Gao Saras A concert of bandish-s in Khayal, Thumri, Tappa, Chatarang by Dr. Chaitanya Kunte.

  •  Bandish A programme based on the compositions of Dr. Prabha Atre and Dr. Ashwini Bhide.

  •  Saaz Thumricha This programme presents the Thumri in the traditional style but with Marathi lyrics.

  •  Manarangache Abhal Presenting the poetry of great Marathi poets set to tune by Dr. Chaitanya Kunte.

  •  Ramdas Padavali A programme based on the devotional composition of Samartha Ramdas.

  •  Aakaashwedi A programme based on the life and work of the renowned poetess Padma Gole

  •  Rasiya A garland of northern Hindustani semi classical music compositions

 

In addition to her exemplary career as a performing artist, Anuradha is the Founder of “Raag-Maalaa” her music school where she has been teaching the nuances of Indian Classical Music to aspiring students for more than a decade. She also teaches through online music schools.

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