Hindustani Light Classical singer Rekha Surya trained under Begum Akhtar and Girija Devi. She is from Lucknow and now lives in New Delhi.
She recorded for the Archives of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1994. An A Grade Artist from All India Radio,in the Established Artist empanelment-category with ICCR, she is also a recipient of Karamveer Paruskar 2012 for singing Sufi poetry in Thumri-Dadra style and keeping alive traditional Ghazal-Gayaki. Her booklet “Sung In A Certain Style” is published by both Sangeet Research Academy and Niyogi Books.
She has been invited to sing by the Smithsonian Institution Washington DC, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, Cornell University, MIT with International Hindi Association Boston, Columbia University, Yale University, World Music Institute, Harvard University, University of Toronto, Nehru Centre London, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal, National Centre for Performing Arts Mumbai, Ram Vilas Palace Baroda, Roosevelt House New Delhi, French Ambassador’s residence New Delhi, Canadian High Commissioner’s residence New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy, Jammu University, University of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and fund-raising concerts.
She represented India at the Asian Music Festival Sri Lanka in 1999 and at the International Falak Festival Tajikistan in 2006. She has been featured twice by BBC London.In India, she has performed in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Allahabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Dewas, Ujjain, Ratlam, Vadodara, Lucknow, Kanpur, Nagpur, Srinagar, Chandigargh, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Burhanpur, Ludhiana, Faizabad, Ambala, Dehra Dun, Mussoorie, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi, Agra and Cochin.Outside India, she has performed in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Madison, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, New Foundland, Oslo, London U.K., Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Singapore.