Shatakshi Goyal was born near Haridwar, India, and raised in the ISKCON community of Boise, Idaho, where her parents home-schooled her. She earned a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Boise State University at age eighteen. After working for two years as an engineer, she pursued a cherished childhood dream to study the Indian classical arts. She moved to Vrindavan, where she lives with her parents. She often travels around India, organizing dances based on Sanskrit dramas written by the Gaudiya Goswamis and acharyas.