22.3. - The Hindustani and Carnatic systems of music
Pandita Anuradha Pal's Stree Shakti Band
World renowned Tabla Virtuoso, Pandita Anuradha Pal created the Stree Shakti band in 1996, which has been enthralling audiences with its flawless presentation of engaging combinations from both- the Hindustani and Carnatic systems of music. A unique combination of melody, poetry & rhythm fusing the traditional with the contemporary, with power packed World Percussion, is what gives Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band, a discernible edge & explains its popularity for over 20 years.
Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti performed at the world famous WOMAD Festival (U.K-1999) for 150,000 fans. This performance won great appreciation from the Rock star Sting, who ‘was blown away by their show’ & even hailed them as the ‘Indian Spice Girls’.
The band also collaborated with the Pan African Orchestra for a concert tour of England, Ireland & Scotland in 2002.
This innovative & path-breaking band challenges gender stereotypes & biases, celebrating the emergence of woman power in the ‘male-bastion of Indian Rhythm’, thus promoting female empowerment, inclusion, opportunity, equality & dignity.
The bands performances at Prestigious International Music Festivals include the Rhythm Sticks Festival, Oldham Mela, BBC Music Live, Common Wealth Games Festival, City of London Festival, Cardiff Jazz Festival, Asian Music Festival, Bangkok International Music Festival and in India for ICCR, SAARC & CHOGM Summit, SRA- ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Spirit of Unity Concerts, Nehru Centre, NCPA, Malleshwaram Sangeetha Sabha, Hyderabad Hydourite Festival, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Bangalore Percussive Arts, World Music festival, Bharat Bhawan, M.P. Kala Parishad, Lilavati Hospital amongst numerous others.
To celebrate its twentieth anniversary Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band will be performing in 5 major countries in Europe in March 2016 & take India’s message of Female Empowerment to the World!
On this august occasion, in addition to a Percussion ensemble, Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti band will perform a special anthem, titled ‘Khud Ko Tu Pehchan De’ or ‘Know Yourself’ to inspire women to empower themselves through education & fight against discrimination & social evils, plaguing our society for centuries. This anthem gives a clarion call to rise & unite, so that justice, love & inner strength of women, become the corner stone of a strong & progressive India.