Born in 1941 in Ajmer, Rajasthan, Shrimati Malini Rajurkar studied Hindustani vocal music under Pandit Govindrao Rajurkar and Vasant Rajurkar of the Gwalior gharana. She has had a distinguished career on the concert platform, and has performed widely in India and other countries including the United States, Canada, Britain and Bangla- desh. She has published a large number of recordings. She is one of the foremost performers of Khayal today and has a rich repertoire of traditional compo- sitions. Shrimati Malini Rajurkar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribu- tion to Hindustani vocal music.