(Last Updated on : 27/11/2014)
Vasumathi Badrinathan was born into a family where music has been idolized with a strong intensity. So it was obvious for Vasumathi Badrinathan to be deeply inclined towards the artistry. Today she has been reckoned as one amongst the highly skilled vocalist of Carnatic music, the classical style of music from Southern India. With the hands of her mother late Smt. Padma Seshadri, the world of music has been revealed to her. Her mother was a talented singer. As an artiste, Vasumathi has earned reputation of being a performer of both music and dance.
Early Life of Vasumathi Badrinathan
Vasumathi Badrinathan has undergone training under Smt. T. R. Balamani, the reputed music guru. At a very young age the artistic tradition that her mother used to follow has been instilled within her. Her mother was a student of late Yageneswara Bhagavathar and Smt. Balamani - disciple of the legendary late Musiri Subramanya Iyer and Sri. T. K. Govinda Rao. That is how by virtue of her training Vasumathi Badrinathan imbibed a rich traditional heritage.
Career of Vasumathi Badrinathan
Vasumathi Badrinathan throughout her professional career has widely executed in and outside India. For that she has toured in an extensive manner in Europe and Asia Pacific countries. She has performed both art forms, dance and music, on various highly acclaimed occasions.
Vasumathi Badrinathan has always magnetized her audiences through her performances. Apart from that she has also executed many lecture demonstrations and workshops to her credit and all that has received well appreciation through out.
She has been conferred the Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India, for music. This fellowship has been awarded to outstanding young artistes. Acknowledging her proficiency in music, Vasumathi Badrinathan has been awarded the title "Sur Mani" by the Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai. Over the All India Radio, one of India's strongest upholders of classical music, her music is often broadcast
Recognition of Vasumathi Badrinathan
Some praiseworthy performances executed by her are, Rasika Ranjana Sabha - Diamond Jubliee Celebrations, Kolkata; Madras Music season 2005 - Concerts in several sabhas in Chennai; Madras Music season 2005 - Stree Gaanam - lec-dem in Narada Gana Sabha; Madras Music season 2005 - Swar Samvad - Jugalbandhi in Padma Sarangapani Cultural Academy and Kapali Fine Arts; Alpabachat Cultural Center, Pune; Vishnu Digambar Festival, New Delhi; Pt. Taranatji Tabla Academy - Gurupurnima Festival; ITC SRA - Kalabarathi's Carnata Tarangani Festival; Reunion Island - India Festival Concerts, lecture demonstrations; Hiranandani Culture Club - International Women's Day event; Stree Gaanam - Women composers in Carnatic music; Alliance Francaise de Bombay - Republic day eve concert; Madras Music season 2004 - Concerts in several sabhas in Chennai; FAS Music Conference - Chembur; Nritya-Prerana - Poona; Poona Sangeetha Sabha - Poona; Naada Inbam - Chennai; Rajalakshmi Fine Arts - Coimbatore; Mulund Fine Arts; HCL Concert Series - Habitat Center - New Delhi; Sudharshana Homam Festival- Mumbai; Music Triangle, Mumbai; National Center for the Performing Arts - Mumbai; Madras Music Season; ISKCON - Mumbai; Universite Stendhal, Grenoble - France; Rasika Ranjani Sabha - Chennai; International Percussive Arts Centre - Bengaluru; Serangoon Music Circle - Singapore; Karthik Finarts - Chennai; Music Triangle - Mumbai; Vienna Indian Cultural Association - Austria; Hamsadwani Annual Music Festival - Chennai; India International Centre - New Delhi; Nagpur Finearts - Nagpur; House of Soviet Culture - Mumbai; Swami Haridas Sammelan Festival; Shanmukhananda Sangeeta Sabha - Mumbai; Fine Arts Society - Mumbai; Shivali Festival - Chennai. To her credit Vasumathi Badrinathan has released two classical music albums namely, 'Swara Dhwani' and 'Tamil Padams'. Currently she is involved in research work based on 'Divya Prabandham (Tamil poetry of the 5th - 9th century) and its relevance to music'. She has also presented papers at various seminars.
Vasumathi Badrinathan in Dance
Vasumathi is also an able dancer of Bharatnatyam, a classical dance style of South India. One of India's most revered and celebrated masters in the field - Kalaimamani Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai, of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Mumbai has groomed her in this art from.