Born in Varanasi
in 1903, Siddheswari Devi is considered to be one of the four pillars of Hindustani light classical music; others being Rasoolan Bai, Badi Moti Bai and Begum Akhtar
. She learnt music from Pandit Siyaji Maharaj, Ustad Rajab Ali Khan, Ustad Inayat Khan and Pandit Bade Ramdasji. A renowned exponent of Thumri
, she was also well known for her unique presentation of
. She was awarded President's Award in 1966. Siddheswari Devi died in 1977.