B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Anuradha Paudwal was born in a middle-class family of Bombay. She was taught classical singing right from her childhood. She studied at St. Xaviers College, Bombay.
Anuradha Paudwal was still in college when she got her first break in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Abhimaan (1973). She also did playback for a few other films like Kaalicharan (1976), Ek Hi Raasta (1977), Des Pardes (1979) and Vidhaata (1982).
Anuradha Paudwal shot to fame with Subhash Ghai’s Hero (1983). All of its songs were huge hits. Next year, her song “Mere mann bajaa bridang…” from Utsav (1984) won her a lot of acclaim from music lovers allover. She hasn’t looked back since then.
Some other popular songs of Anuradha Paudwal were in films like Tezaab(1988), Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka (1987) and Nagina (1986). Anuradha Paudwal reached her peak when her songs for films like Aashiqui (1990), Dil hai ki Maanta Nahi (1991) and Saajan (1991) topped the charts. Soon, she decided to collaborate with Gulshan Kumar and sing only for T-Series devotional albums.
While concentrating solely on her devotional avtaar, Anuradha Paudwal lost control over her playback singing career. Years later, Anuradha Paudwal came back in limelight with some melodious songs like “Chaha Hai Tujhko…” (Mann), “Kismat Se Tum…” (Pukar). She also sang some more popular songs for films like Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002), Paap (2003), Lucky (2005).
Anuradha Paudwal won the Filmfare award 4 times – in 1984 for “Mann Kyon Bajaa Mridang…” (Utsav), in 1990 for “Nazar Ke Saamne…” (Aashiqui), in 1991 for “Dil hai ki Maanta Nahi…” (Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin), and in 1992 for “Dhak Dhak…” (Beta).
She was married to composer and arranger, Arun Paudwal, who passed away in the mid 90s. Her daughter Kavita is a singer and son Aditya is a composer.