Vidya Shah is a musician and writer. She 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 both nationally and internationally, including at the Tansen Samaroh in Gwalior, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and The Asia Society in New York. A popular performer and a prolific composer, she is the 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 also writes and speaks on music and is the author of Jalsa: Indian Women’s Journey From the Salon to the Studio. She is the Nana Shirgaokar Chair Professor for Indian Music at Goa University for 2016-17.