‘Awards, re­spect make artists feel their strug­gle was worth­while’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Vet­eran singer Anu­radha Paud­wal, who was fe­lic­i­tated at Bri­tain’s House of Com­mons for her con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic and char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tives, says that awards and ac­co­lades are an ac­knowl­edge­ment of artists’ strug­gles.

“Mu­sic is my life­line and when adu­la­tion and re­spect come from un­ex­pected quar­ters — that, too, an in­vi­ta­tion to be ac­knowl­edged in the his­toric and pres­ti­gious eight-decade old House of Com­mons — it does feel great,” says Paud­wal.

“I sing for those who love mu­sic. And the love, warmth and re­cip­ro­ca­tion makes me feel hon­oured and re­spected. It’s these mo­ments that make us artists feel that our strug­gle was worth­while,” adds the Na­tional Award-win­ning singer, who has sung for Bol­ly­wood movies such as Aashiqui (1990), Ram Lakhan (1989), Saa­jan (1991) and Dil (1990), be­sides hav­ing an ar­ray of de­vo­tional songs to her credit. Her re­cent Bol­ly­wood songs in­clude the track Tamma Tamma Again (from Badri­nath Ki Dul­ha­nia, 2017), per­formed with Bad­shah and the vet­eran com­poser-singer Bappi Lahiri.

As of now, Paud­wal is on a tour of the United King­dom and Aus­tralia. “I’m await­ing my next desti­na­tions: Sri Lanka and the United States. The tour is with (singer) Ku­mar Sanu, with whom I share great re­spect and rap­port,” she says.

On the mu­sic front, she says that “there’s a very in­ter­est­ing de­vo­tional pro­ject on Adi Shankaracharya’s works”. Paud­wal calls it “an amaz­ingly ful­fill­ing mu­si­cal trib­ute.”

She also wants to give back to so­ci­ety. “I sup­port mar­tyrs’ fam­i­lies, and aid vil­lages that lack ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture. God has been kind and I want to pay it for­ward,” she says.

PHOTO: IANS

Singer Anu­radha Paud­wal is a Padma Shri awardee

A scene from the film Soorma

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