Sudha Malhotra was born on November 30, 1936 in New Delhi. Sudha spent her childhood days in Lahore, Bhopal and Firozpur. She completed her graduation in music from Agra University. Sudha Malhotra gained her grooming in Indian classical music, under the guidance of Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan and Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale. She began her musical career at a tender age of five. Her talent was discovered by the then famous and revolutionary music director Ghulam Haider, at a programme in Firozepur in the aid of Red Cross. With her enrapturing beauty and melodious voice she chiselled out her career to perfection as a child artist in All India Radio, Lahore. Later, Sudha gained new heights by joining film singing at the age of eleven. Singing has always been the first love for Sudha and in this field, with her very first break as a playback singer in the film Aarzoo, under the baton of Anil Biswas, with an evergreen song 'Mila Gaye Nain..', she showed promise of a competent voice. She sang with Manna Dey and Parul Ghosh in the films 'Aandolan' and 'Vande Mataram'.