Shubha Mudgal was born into an academic family in Allahabad. Skand and Jaya Gupta, both English literature professors at Allahabad University, shared a passion for Hindustani classical music and kathak. P. C. Gupta, Shubha’s paternal grandfather, was an Allahabad University professor.
Her childhood and upbringing
Shubha was born in Allahabad and attended St. Mary’s Convent Inter College after graduating from high school. Her artistically inclined parents took her and her sister to a Kathak dance class when they were children. Her interest in dance, on the other hand, was never great, and the fact that she went to a run-of-the-mill dance class in the neighbourhood didn’t help her achieve much.
She once answered a routine question from a dance examiner by saying, “Is aap kis gharaane ki Kathak naachti? “Hum apne gharaane ki Kathak naachte hain (I dance my style of Kathak)” with the rejoinder, “Hum apne gharaane ki Kathak naachte hain (I dance my style of Kathak) “, She eventually changed her career path to Hindustani classical music while preserving her spirit. Ramashreya Jha of Allahabad was her first traditional instructor (guru).
Career as a singer
Shubha Mudgal began singing Hindustani classical music in the 1980s and quickly established a reputation as a gifted performer. In the 1990s, she began experimenting with various types of music, such as pop and fusion. “I believe in music,” she declares. My favourites are Khayal and Thumri, but it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try other varieties. Why should my musical desires be stifled? ….. I want to let the artist in me shine. How can you tell to a musician, “This one is from religious poetry, so I’m not going to sing it.” She managed a website called raagsangeet.com for lovers of Indian classical music, in addition to her recordings and concerts.