Multilingual vocalist, songwriter, and recording Artist for Indian Cinema, an Independent Music artist, and a Vocal/Performance Coach.
I believe in Feminism, I am compassionate for animals and animal safety and I am a bookworm who loves to read and highlight beautifully constructed sentences.
Personal Information: Deepika, whose stage name is Dee Devan (pronounced "Dhee Devan") is an independent singer-songwriter from Canada and a playback vocalist for Indian cinema. She has her foundations in Carnatic music and later developed a more contemporary style of singing. She began learning Carnatic music at the age of 8 and eventually trained under a well-known western contemporary vocal instructor in Toronto for the last 7 years. Her vocal instructor in Toronto has taught upcoming and famous Hollywood artists, including Majid Jordan who is associated with Drake’s record label. Dee Devan has also learned Opera for a brief period of time.
Aside from being a vocalist, Dee Devan is also a classically trained Bharatnatyam dancer of over 15 years, a blogger and writer who publishes her work on her personal website and a former Chemical and Environmental Engineering professional.
Dee Devan’s vocal styles range from RnB, Soul, Blues to melodious ballads in Tamil, Hindi, and English. She is a lead singer in a popular band in North America called Agni and has sung in North American stages alongside many famed playback artists such has Hariharan, Mano, Sathyaprakash, Karthik, Chinmayee, Shashaa Tirupati, Sid Sriram, MLR Karthikeyan, actor Chiyaan Vikram and many more.
Dee Devan’s playback song under D. Imman’s guidance and composition for Vinodhan, a movie by Prabhu Deva’s production company, directed by Victor Jayaraaj, will be releasing this year (2017).
Dee Devan will also be releasing original music. Her new single “Begin”, a dance electronic track with lyrics and melody written by her and a producer from San Francisco will be out soon.
Biography: Music and writing have been my most faithful and trusted mode of communication and self-expression. I write to heal. I sing to express. 'I Am when I play, while in my element and in the moment'.
What is My Story: I am of Indian origin, born in Madras (now renamed Chennai) and raised all over the world before making a base in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is the story of an Indian kid who lived in many countries and transitioned into a third culture Canadian life #ThirdCultureWoman.
This is my story of surrender to the inescapable, of rediscovery, of self-acceptance, of a journey that includes embracing my South Asian heritage in a mainstream world, of being a proud North American and South Asian all at the same time, of being well-traveled and experiencing different cultures, and most importantly, of being a hella strong but compassionate woman.
Musical and Writing Journey: I am a trained and licensed Chemical Engineer, but I have taken a break at the moment to pursue a different journey, and here is why…
I have been singing every day since the age of eight, and my interests began with Indian classical music when I heard my mom sing and when I watched her play the Veena on a great many occasions. Although my foundation in music began with Carnatic music (A south Indian form of Classical music), my interests in contemporary vocal styles eventually took over as I began training in Opera for a very short period of time and moved onto contemporary vocal technique training for nearly 7 years. I have had close to two decades of vocal training, which is still ongoing.
I am also a trained dancer as I kept up with my Indian roots through continued training in another Indian art form known as Bharatnatyam for over 15 years.
I have been writing poetry since the age of ten when I first learned what poetry was from my English class in elementary school, therein began my expression through writing.
I am a highly experienced vocalist with over 7 years of professional live stage performance experience in Canada and the United States. I have been a lead singer and backup dancer with a popular North American ethnic orchestral band called Agni (whom I consider family) with a versatile voice to dabble in many genres including (but not limited to) Ballads, RnB, Soul, Pop, Jazz and I can sing in three languages – Tamil, Hindi, and English. Thanks to the band, I have sung alongside many great playback artists from India (name drop time): Hariharan, Mano, Sathyaprakash, Karthik, Chinmayee, Shashaa Tirupati, Sid Sriram, Suchitra, actor Chiyaan Vikram and many many more.
I am happy to announce that as of March 2017, I just made an entry as a playback singer under the guidance of Mr. D.Imman of the Kollywood Indian movie industry.
I plan to continue singing playback for the Indian movie industry, to share the contemporary English songs I write in collaboration with other artists, and to present my word art (Poetry and blog entries) on this personal website.
As long as I express what is meant to be expressed, I am doing what I intended to do.
Here is to many beginnings. May the beginnings never end.
With Love, Dee Devan
New Song " Heartbreak in a Bottle" On Spotify.