Tirupati was born in Srinagar, India and split her time between Canada and India while growing up. Tirupati began singing on local radio channels in Vancouver at age six, gave her first stage performance at eight and began studying Hindustani classical music at ten. She received most of her initial musical training from the late Kamala Bose in Allahabad. She further trained under Padmashri and Padmabhushan Girija Devi of the Benaras Gharana. Tirupati was the first RedFM Idol, a talent hunt held by Vancouver radio channels REDFM 93.1 in 2005. She was a judge for the competition in July 2016.
She attended LA Matheson Secondary School in Surrey, BC, Canada. She graduated in 2005, earning a Gordon M. Shrum Major Entrance Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies at Simon Fraser University, the Matheson Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, The Surrey Administrator's Scholarship, The UBC President's Entrance Scholarship and the Governor General's Medallion for the topmost achiever of the graduation class of 2005 in the province. She has an MBA in marketing and is pursuing her second Masters from Symbiosis College, Pune.