She was born into an academic family, Skand and Jaya Gupta, originally from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. Her parents were professors of literature and English at the University of Allahabad, although with deep interests in Hindustani classical music and Kathak. Her paternal grandfather was Professor PC Gupta, who was also a professor at the University of Allahabad.
She attended the Convent of Santa María of an Inter-American College. As a child she began to learn to dance a typical dance called "Kathak" in Allahabad, following in the footsteps of her sister. Later she dedicated himself to classical Hindustani music as a vocation of her choice, maintaining the same individualistic attitude. Her first traditional teacher (guru) was Ramashreya Jha.