Born into a musically dedicated family, Shubha Mudgal has been trained by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India. She learnt stylistic techniques from well-known maestros Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Kumar Gandharva.She received training in thumri from Smt. Naina Devi and is thus a versatile and popular performer. In addition to being a performer, Shubha has also won recognition as a composer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Padma Shri from the Government of India in the year 2000, and the Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival, 1998, among others. She has also been closely involved with several projects related to music education in India. Formerly a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education, Shubha also chaired a focus group discussing the need for introducing an arts education programme in mainstream school education.