Akriti started learning Hindustani classical music at the age of 5, from her mother - a post graduate in Hindustani Classical music, and her Guru (Late) Sh. Byomkesh Banerjee. Akriti did her schooling from Springdales School, Pusa Road in new Delhi and graduated from Delhi University.
She gave her first stage performance at the age of 5 and from then on became a part of "Little Stars" the Anand Ji (of Kalyanji Anandji fame) troupe, where she made her way through two world tours. She won the TVS Sa Re Ga Ma National Talent Hunt in 1998 (Junior / Children's Special) on Zee TV and the most prestigious award from Sangam Kala Group (New Delhi).