Jaishri Shankar, daughter of Nalini Umashankar and Umesh Shankar, began her initial training in music at age 5 from Smt. Usha Char. She currently continues her vocal training from Smt. Usha Char and under her able guidance, Jaishri has given several concerts in both the United States and India, sung for several dance programs, and has also been involved in several long-term projects and CDs. Jaishri is currently a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park.