Shanta Jayaram, born in Jamshedpur, grew up in the Steel Township in Rourkela, Odisha .The picturesque surroundings deeply impacted her sensibilities. She calls herself a “Child of the Sal Forest” as she resided by the Koel River. She has not let the conditioning of society influence her perception of life and living. Shanta has three daughters and is happily married. She now lives in Chennai with her husband.