Vidya Shah is a New Delhi-based musician and writer. She was initially trained in Carnatic music, and later received guidance in the North Indian genres of Khayal (from Shubha Mudgal and Mujahid Hussain Khan), Thumri, Dadra, and Ghazal (from Shanti Hiranand). She has performed at national and international forums, including the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and The Asia Society in New York. A popular performer and a prolific composer, she is a recipient of the Charles Wallace Award and a Senior Fellowship from the Government of India for her project, “Women on Record”, a performance highlighting the contributions of the forgotten women performers of the Gramophone Era.
She writes and speaks on music and is the author of Jalsa: Indian Women’s Journey from the Salon to the Studio (Tulika Books, 2016)