Born in a family with a musical tradition, Shashwati started learning music at a very tender age. She is the grand-daughter of Pt. Balabhau Umdekar a court musician of the Gwalior State and an accomplished singer of the Gwalior Gharana. Initially Shashwati was trained by her mother Smt. Kamal Mandal and by her uncle Shriram Umdekar a well known sitarist . And later she was trained under the vetran singer Pt. Balasaheb Poonchwale to master the nuances of Khayal and Tappa.
It is to the Gundecha brothers that Shashwati turned for a brief period to learn the durphad tradition,infact from which the gwalior khayal gayaki evolved. Shashwati has performed at several prestigious music platforms and has been widely praised by critics and common listeners. An 'A' grade artist of A.I.R. and Doordarshan She is recipient of the tiltle Sur mani awarded by Sur Singar Mumbai and the Mani Mann fellowship awarded by Sanskriti foundation New Delhi.