Smita Bellur is rare among India’s vocalists. She is India’s first female Hindustani vocalist to have been accepted into a lineage of traditional qawaals (Sufi/ Islamic mystic singers) and to have received extensive guidance from them.
This remarkable training, her deep engagement with mysticism and over twenty years of being immersed in the Khayal form of Indian classical music (Jaipur-Kirana gharana) has meant that her performances bring a profound humanity and an easy access to the spiritual poetry of the sub continent - Nirguni, Bhakti, Sufi, Veerashaiva and Haridasa traditions dating back to the 12th century.
Her perfect tones, depth and her ability to sing mellifluously in many languages (Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Punjabi) has connected her with audiences across the subcontinent on hundreds of occasions - on radio, on TV, at fund raiser/ charity shows, inter-faith harmony gatherings, festivals such as Jodhpur RIFF (Rajasthan), Eid-e-Milap (Hyderabad), Kalaghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai) and for state governments and national agencies such as the Indian National Trust for Cultural Heritage.
A post-graduate in systems management and ex-SAP manger, Smita has now dedicated her life to performing and teaching music, family, and making music in an environment conducive to her spiritual practice.