Naadham Academy for Music and Dance

Uma Vasudevan

An accomplished dancer, Uma Vasudevan hails from a family in which music and dance have been the focus for many generations. Her dance is replete with textured grace and a structurally fine understanding of angling body architectonics. Tall and poised, Uma has a combined, centered strength that gives her style a definitive impact. She is the tenth generation in her family to continue the tradition. She is the grand-daughter of the music celebrity Smt. T. Muktha and the grand-niece of the illustrious dancer Smt. T. Balasaraswati. She had her training and Arangetram under the great Guru Sri. Thanjai T. M. Aarunachalam Pillai, Smt Jayalakshmi Arunachalam Pillai and the Queen of Abhinaya, Guru Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. Uma had her advanced training under the guidance of the eminent Guru Sri S. K. Rajarathnam Pillai in the Vazhuvoor style. She leaarned Nattuvangam under Smt. Kamala Rani and Carnatic Music under her grandmother Smt. T. Muktha and Guru Sri K. P. Vishwalingam. She has been a professional dancer for the past 25  years and has performed extensively in India, Afghanistan, Europe, the US and Canada. 

She is the recipient of the Government of India scholarship for dance in the year 1988. She has also performed at Doordarshan (Indian Television) on many occassions. She was awarded the title of "Singar Mani" at the Sur Singar Festival in Bombay.

Since moving to Canada in 1993, she has been performing as well as teaching dance. Uma performed for "Poussières d'étoiles" produced by Music Multi Montreal, touring the region of Quebec. She was also featured on the program "Busy Bodies" on CBC television. She has given demonstrations and workshops in schools, universities and organizations around the world. Uma has been a recipient of multiple grants from the Québec Arts Council and the Canada Council for Performing Arts.