Shashwati was born in Gwalior in a family of musicians. In addition to her instruction from Pt. Balasaheb Poonchhwale, Shashwati has integrated the teachings of Purnima Chaudhuri for Thumri, Gundecha Brothers for Dhrupad, and Sarbat Hussain for Ghazal singing into her gayaki (musical style). She has received praise for her full-throated resonant voice, and clarity of taans and murkis. She is widely regarded as one the foremost exponents of Tappa singing. This video is one of oldest in the Darbar repertoire and as such is a rare treat to share.