Born in 1920 in Muzaffarpur, Shrimati Bindhya Basini Devi received her training in music from Shri Sahadeveshwar Verma and Shri Kshitish Chandra Verma. She has had along and successful career as a singer of the folk songs of Bihar. Over the years Shrimati Bindhya Basini Devi has acquired a large repertoire of traditional songs in Maithili, Bhojpuri and Magahi. A popular broadcaster and concert artiste, she has a number of gramophone records to her credit. Shrimati Bindhya Basini Devi has served as Producer of Folk Music at All India Radio, Patna, and now heads Vindhya Kala Mandir — an institution she founded for the propagation of the folk music of the region. For her work in the field, she was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1974. Shrimati Bindhya Basini Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribu- tion to the folk music of Bihar.