Malini Awasthi, the face of folk music in India was invited at The Slow Interview with Neelesh. Malini, who sings in languages like Bundelkhandi, Bhojpuri and many others, is also famous for her Kajri and Thumri gaayiki. She is a post graduate in Hindustani classical music from Bhatkhande University, Lucknow. She is a student of legendary Hindustani classical singer, Padma Vibhushan Vidushi Girija Devi of Banaras Gharana. She is married to senior IAS officer Awanish Awasthi.
Malini Awasthi is a regular performer at the popular classical music festival, Jahan-e-Khusrau. She has a high pitch voice and is popular for thumari, Thaare Raho Baanke Shyam. She is a popular A grade artist of All India Radio. She was appointed as the brand ambassador by Election Commission for UP Elections 2012. She performed at Kumbh Mela 2013. Movies for which Malini Awasthi has sung are Jai Ho Chhath Maiya, Bhole Shankar, Bumm Bumm Bole, Agent Vinod, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Bhagan Ke Rekhan ki – Issaq, Chaarfutiya Chhokare.