Sumitra Guha was born in an Andhra family to Smt. Rajyalakshmi Raju and R. G. Narayana Raju in a village near Tirupati.

Her first tutor was her mother, who imbued music with a spiritual fervor. At the age of 11, she began her formal education in Carnatic Music under the acclaimed S. R. Janakiraman (Sangeetha Vidwan). After completing her pre-university course, Sumitraji went to Viswa Bharati University in Shantiniketan to do her graduation in Philosophy. It is here that she found herself getting drawn to Hindustani music.

In 1964, Sumitraji started learning Hindustani Classical music under Pt. A. Kanan and Vidushi Malobika Kanan of the Kirana Gharana. The depth of the alaap, the slow elaboration of notes in the vistaar and the stability of swaras now became her style. She assimilated both their styles in her music, and later received instruction from Pt.Sushil Kumar Bose, the accomplished disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Coming to Kolkata at a tender age following her marriage into a Bengali family held great meaning, since it marked the start of her journey into the newfound world of Hindustani classical vocal music.

From stone to stone she stepped and in 1972, became an artist of the All India Radio (AIR). , she got the opportunity to participate in several chain concerts, Radio Sangeet Sammelans and national programmes for AIR and Doordarshan. By 1995, she became a Top Grade artist of the All India Radio.

In addition, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Padma Shri from the Government of India in the year 2010, and she is also an outstanding artist with Indian council for Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Sumitra has also pioneered several extraordinary music projects which enables her to reach the common man through her music. In her project, Gondwana Dawn with double Grammy awardee Robin Hogarth, she gave stage to underprivileged children from Africa who came to Delhi to be a part of the music album and also to perform.

Sumitra travels extensively in India and around the world and continues to enthral audience across geographies and background with her soul stirring melodies. Her approach towards her profession has been that of sheer dedication to the art, perseverance to increase the depth of her repertoire and devotion to maintain the sanctity of Indian culture.

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