Kalyanji and Anandji were born to Virji Shah on 2nd March, 1933. Their father was a Kutchi businessman who had migrated from Kutch to Mumbai to start a Kirana (provision store). The two brothers began to learn music from a music teacher -who actually knew no music- and taught them in lieu of paying his bills to their father. One of their four grandparents was a folk musician of some eminence. They spent most of their formative years in the hamlet of Girgaum (a district in Mumbai) amidst Marathi and Gujarati environs — some eminent musical talent resided in the vicinity. The brothers are known for their humility and easy-to-approach nature. They also are well known for their love songs and poetry readings.
In April 2007 through May 2007, Anandji Virji Shah visited the Tampa Bay Area for the Jain society's revival concert. It was hosted by Kuleen.