Vidya Shah is a classically trained musician. She has studied Carnatic music as well as the north Indian genres of Khayal, Thumri Dadra and Ghazal. She has performed at national and international forums, including The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., The Asia Society in New York and the Bode Museum in Berlin. 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 in 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.