Padma Shri Smt. Malini Awasthi is a post-graduate as well as a gold medalist in Hindustani classical music from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow. Also, she achieved a gold medal in M.A. Modern History with a specialization in Medieval and modern Indian architecture, University of Lucknow. She is a Ganda bandh student of Legendary Hindustani Classical Singer, Padma Vibhushan Vidushi Girija Devi of Banaras Gharana. She was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016 for her work in the field of music.