Born on 16 April 1980 in Ponda, Goa, Shrimati Sonia Shirsat is a Fado singer and had her first solo concert of Fado singing in Portugal in 2008. After graduating in commerce, she went on to complete her LLB and LLM at the V.M. Salgaocar College of Law where she also taught Law from November 2006 to March 2010. She is adept in singing in many languages like Konkani, Marathi, Spanish, and English, etc. She has been part of various bands and troupes and has performed extensively besides Fado other Konkani folk performance genres like Mando, Dulpod and Dekhni. She has several recordings to her credit and has performed widely across the globe. In recognition of her talent, she has been multiple times conferred the Best Singer (Female) Award by the Tiatr Academy of Goa. She has also been awarded the Yuva Srujan Puraskar by the Government of Goa in 2011. Shrimati Sonia Shirsat is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2016 for her notable talent in the field of traditional music of Goa.