Smita Bellur is a versatile Indian classical vocalist who specializes in the field of Hindustani Classical Khayal and traditional Sufi music. She is also adept at other genres such as Ghazal/Thumri/Chaiti and other semi-classical varieties. She has done collaborative work with fusion bands, playback for movies, retro-hit film music.
Having sung (live in concert) at more than 360 venues ranging from Classical/Sufi music festivals to Corporate events, Fund raiser/Charity shows, harmony gatherings, she also performs at weddings and private HNI family functions/baithaks/chamber music.
Smita has 3 album releases to her credit: 'Kaisi Madhur Shyaam' – itunes/Amazon, 'Vachan Kirana' – Lahari Audio, and 'Shareefara Pada' – GIPA/Kalkur Audio. She is working on new musical productions and recordings of specialized Sufi music/Ragas.
She has won 3 awards for her contribution to the field of music - Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2010, ‘Sangeeta Shri 2007’ and ‘Dr. Puttaraj Gawai Krupa Bhushana Prashasti’.
She regularly broadcasts as a graded artiste (B High) from India’s national broadasting network- All India Radio/Doordarshan, and from media/TV Networks and radio channels such as ETV, Zee, Doordarshan, TV9 and Suvarna/Asianet and All India Radio/Doordarshan, FM channels such as 92.7BIG FM in addition to Twaang, Youtube, Facebook, Sound Cloud on the Internet.
She is committed to regularly working with her music to support causes like: fundraiser for Shankara Cancer Foundation, fundraiser for Rotary’s End Polio mission (through an audio CD release), songs for MNREGA propagation etc.,
She has a keen interest in propagating Hindustani Classical and Sufi music through her NGO Nadanubhava Foundation® (free-to-listen live concerts of upcoming artistes); more than 80 programmes have been successfully done.
She also actively teaches in an online mode or face-to-face in the guru shishya parampara style, and has taught for more than 1500 hours. Smita has earlier been a senior faculty at the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. In addition, she also works on a fellowship research project by Govt. department – Karnataka Sangeeta Nritya Academy and for India Foundation for the Arts.
She holds a masters 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.