Vidya Rao is a performer of thumri-dadra and ghazal. A disciple of the legendary singers Vidushi Naina Devi, Vidushi Shanti Hiranand, and Vidushi Girija Devi, her initial training in khayal was under Prof. B.N. Datta and Pandit Mani Prasad. She has performed at national and international forums, lectured at many institutions, and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations with school and college students, and also with underprivileged children. Her book, Heart to Heart: Remembering Nainaji (2011), is a memoir of her life with her guru Naina Devi. She is a recipient of several awards including most recently the International Tara Award (2017) for her work towards fostering peace through music.