One of the few practitioners of the Lucknow Gharana of North Indian classical music, Rekha Surya has preserved the legacy of her legendary guru Begum Akhtar by propagating this art at prestigious concert and lecture venues in India and abroad. She has also honed her skills under the tutelage of another legend, Girija Devi of the Benaras Gharana, integrating both styles of singing into an individualistic style.
The infusion of spirituality into an essentially romantic genre is a unique part of her repertoire. The ancient literary traditions she draws from have both South Asian Muslim and Hindu cultural references. Before singing, by lucidly explaining her mystical songs and other poetry of her genre, she demystifies Hindustani Light Classical Music for uninitiated audiences.