An accomplished dancer, Uma Vasudevan hails from a family in which music and dance have been the focus of life for many generations. Her dance is a replete with textured grace and a structurally fine understanding of handling 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 s Sri. Thanjai T.M Arunachalam Pillai, Smt Jayalakshmi Arunachalam and the Queen of Abinaya Guru Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. Uma had her advanced training under the guidance of the eminent Guru Sri S.K. Rajaratnam Pillai in the Vazhuvoor style. She learnt Nattuvangam under Smt Kamala Rani and Carnatic Music under her grand mother Smt.T. Mukta and Guru Sri K.P.Visvalingam. She has been a professional dancer for the past 25 years and has performed extensively in India, Afghanistan, Europe, US and Canada.She is also the recipient of the Government of India scholarship for dance in the year 1988. She has also performed at Doordarshan (Indian Television) on many occasions.Since moving to Canada in 1993, she has been performing as well as teaching dance. In the year 2001 she performed for “Poussieres d'etoiles” produced by Music Multi Montreal touring the region of Quebec and was featured on the CBC program “Busy Bodies”. She has given demonstrations and workshops for Spic Mackay, Toronto, Concordia University, Montreal, Sivananda Yoga Center, Val Morin, Wheaton College Boston, Cegep St.Foy, Quebec city. She was awarded the title of “Singar Mani” at the Sur Singar Festival in Bombay. Vasudevan hails from a family of distinguished musicians. He began his training under Guru Sri. K. M. Vaidyanathan, later, learned to play the kanjira from Sri G. Harishankar and enriched his technique under Sri. Karaikudi R. Mani. A graded artist of All India Radio, Shri Vasu accompanied many musicians and dancers and performed extensively in India, Europe, North America, South America, Caribbean Islands and Canada. Shri Vasu participated in the Caribbean Drum Festival, in Guyana with African Drummers, the International Drum festival and the International Jazz Festival in Montréal.
He collaborated with Jazz, Iranian and Chinese musicians to highlight the versatility and adaptability of the mridangam’s sound to different musical traditions. These pieces and were well received by the audience and the press. Vasu was featured on Busy Bodies, a program by CBC television and has provided mridangam accompaniment for the films “Welcome to Canada”and “Faces of the Hands” which were made by the National Film Board of Canada.Shri Vasu established Naadham School of Performing Arts in 1988, and has since been training in mridangam to students of various cultural backgrounds and ages. As a teacher, Vasu has been active in promoting an understanding of Indian art and culture while keeping an openness towards other cultures in the spirit of cross cultural communication. He has given a number of workshops and demonstrations in the University of Montreal, Mcgill University, Concordia University, the University of Sherbrooke and Sivananda Yoga Ashrams and Centers to inspire more Canadians to develop a passion for percussion.