Initially Ramanan's concentration, energy and effort were all given wholly to stage and in doing so, he could not think of helping himself to come up as a playback singer in the film industry. What he himself could not achieve, he achieved for his wife by striving to make her a film singer. He managed to get her a break in Ilayaraja's musical empire through the Tamil film ‘Nizhalgal' which was a runaway success. The tapes rolled and many songs of Uma's for Ilayaraja turned out to be big hits. Uma has also rendered songs under the banners of M.S. Viswanthan, M/s. Shankar-Ganesh, Gangai Amaran, S.A. Rajkumar, Vidyasagar, Manoj-Gyan, T. Rajender and Deva.
Modesty personified, Uma stands out with her unique appearance at Musiano concerts as a sari-clad figure with the sari draped around her shoulders. Uma Ramanan strikes an almost statuesque pose with the mike even as she mesmerizes listeners with her mellifluousness.
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