Anuradha Sriram Parasuram was born in Chennai to playback singer Renuka Devi and Meenakshi Sundaram Mohan. She completed her Bachelors in Music and Masters Degree in Queen Mary's College, Chennai. Anu is a Gold medalist in UG and PG. She received Govt Scholarship for her higher studies in Abroad (U.S). She learned Carnatic Classical music from the musical giant S. Kalyanaraman and Hindustani Classical Music from Manik Bua Takurdas.
Anuradha is from a Tamil Iyer family and completed her Master's in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University, U.S. (where one of her professors and mentors was T. Viswanathan) prior to her foray into music. She also studied Western classical opera music in the U.S.
Anuradha Sriram debuted with Tamil Cinema industry in the song "Malarodu Malaringu" from Bombay (film) in 1995 when she sang for A.R. Rahman. Her first solo was for A.R. Rahman in Indira (film).
She specializes in Carnatic music and has sung in over 1000 concerts worldwide. She is keenly interested in folk music. She has featured in a number of jugalbandhi or fusion concerts along with her husband, Sriram Parasuram, is a Hindustani maestro. She has sung more than 3000 songs in various languages.
Anuradha's cine career was triggered by her proficiency in the different raagas in Carnatic music and her distinguished educational background in music. She was eventually spotted by A.R. Rahman who gave her a chance in Ini Accham Accham Illai from Indira. Later, she worked with him in many hit film songs like Anbendra from Minsara Kanavu, Anbe Anbe from Jeans, Ishwar Allah from Earth, Ishq Bina from Taal, Kaattu Sirukki from Raavanan, etc.