Smita Bellur

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Smita Bellur
Smita Bellur Hindustani Classical Sufi singer
Smita Bellur Hindustani Classical Sufi singer
Background information
GenresHindustani classical and Sufi singer Qawwali
InstrumentsSufi singer
Years active25

Smita Rao Bellur is a Hindustani classical[1] vocalist and Sufi singer.[2]

Sufi Singer Smita Rao Bellur has sung at more than 400 venues ranging from Classical/Sufi music festivals to Corporate events, Fund raiser/Charity shows, harmony gatherings, weddings, and private HNI family functions/Chamber music.[3] She belongs to Jaipur -Kirana gharana.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Smita is from North Karnataka, the third child of K.L Subba Rao and K.S. Susheela Rao.[5]

She regularly broadcasts as a graded artiste (B High) from India’s national broadcasting network- All India Radio/Doordarshan, and from media/TV Networks and radio channels such as ETV Urdu/Kannada, Zee, Doordarshan, TV9 and Suvarna/Asianet and All India Radio/Doordarshan, FM channels such as 92.7BIG FM in addition to Twaang, Apple music, Spotify, Gaana, Saavn, Wynk, Hungama and Amazon music etc. [6] Smita has earlier been a senior faculty at the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. In addition, she also works on a fellowship research project by the Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy and the India Foundation for the Arts.

She holds a master's degree MS (QM) from BITS Pilani and Bachelor of Engineering (Bangalore University) and has earlier worked in software multi-national companies like FirstApex, Oracle and the German software giant SAP, before giving it up to focus full-time on her passion-turned-profession.[7]

Music training[edit]

She has trained from P.R. Bhagwat, Arjunsa Nakod, briefly from Rajabhau Sontakke (disciple of Omkarnath Thakur) and Bhalachandra Nakod. She is currently studying under Alka Dev Marulkar for khyal and Naasir–Nazeer Ahmed Warsi (Warsi Brothers) of Hyderabad (grandsons of Padmashri Aziz Ahmed Warsi) for Sufiana music/Qawwali rendition. She is trained in Sufism by Dr. Ejazuddin Ashrafi and Syed ZIa Alvi of Delhi.[8]

Audio CD releases[edit]

  • ‘Na Aaye Wo Na to’ – Ghazal, on Spotify, Apple music, Gaana, Saavn, Hungama and Wynk music{{[9]}}
  • ‘Kaisi Madhur Shyaam’ – Bhajan, Holi, Chaiti CD for the cause of ‘End-Polio’ by Rotary International{{[10]}}
  • ‘Vachana Kirana’ – Shivasharana Vachana by Lahari Audio {{[11]}}


  1. ^ article, Newspaper (24 May 2012). "The Hindu article on Smita Bellur". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  2. ^ "Mystical songs of love and light by Smita Bellur at Navras 2019 - Times of India ►". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Entertainment Bangalore / Music : Honesty in art and spirit". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 7 October 2005. Archived from the original on 23 October 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Smita Bellur (28 April 2011). "Sufism moves me". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Sufi singer, Smita Bellur's website. "Smita Bellur website". internet.
  6. ^ Swaminathan, Chitra. "A YouTube series on great poets and timeless lyrics". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Music festival to be held in February | Editorial-News Releases". Retrieved 24 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Budding talent, Newspaper article on Smita Bellur. "Archived copy". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Bellur, Smita. "Apple music". Apple Music. Apple Software Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Bellur, Smita. "Kaisi Madhur Shyam". Apple Music. Apple Softwae. Retrieved 2 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Bellur, Smita. "Vachana Kirana Album". Apple music. Apple Itunes. Retrieved 2 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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