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 Budding talent 

 Smita Bellur has an extraordinary talent in Hindusatnai music, writes 
M G Malagi, who spoke to the upcoming musician  

Hindustani classical music and its several Gharanas has nurtured countless vocalists who have made these styles of music immortal. ‘Kirana Gharana’ is one such, and legends like Abdul Karim Khan, Sawai Gandhrva, Bhimasen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal belong to this school of music. Of late artistes of the Kirana Gharana have blended this style with the Gwalior Gharana and popularised it as the ‘Gwalior Kirana’ school of music.

Smita Bellur a Bangalore based Medical Electronics Engineer and a practicing Hindustani Vocalist is another exponent of the ‘Gwalior Kirana’. All of twenty eight years she appears to display an extraordinary talent in music.

Daughter of Shri K L Subbarao and Smt. Sushilamma, Smita began to learn music at a very early age. She has since the age of ten, trained under renowned Akasvani artiste and vocal musician Shri P R Bhagawat, also an exponent of the ‘Kirana’ Gharana of music.

The earliest public recognition of her talent was in December-2000 when she performed at a Music Utsav in Hubli. Her rendition of the ‘Raag Nanda Kauns’ was greatly appreciated. Her performance ever since has always been to packed houses. An additional feather in her cap was her performance at the ‘Karavali Utsav’ early this year, which was very well received. 

One who gives great importance to the ‘Khayal’ of a composition, she believes that hard work and rigorous training are a definite requirement for any artiste to make it big. While agreeing that a strong foundation of classical music is a definite requirement for all musicians, she admits to having a special liking to light music - Thumaris, Bhajans and Bhavageetas. 
Smita says it is important for every singer develop their individual style of singing. Having said so she says that her comparisons to the legendary musician Parveen Sultana is a matter of great honour.

An artiste who has performed all across the state, she has great admiration to legendary musicians Parveen Sultana, Veena Sahasrabudde, Prabha Atre, Rasheed Khan, late DV Paluskar and her own Guru Balachandra Nakod. 
Her dreams for the future - To get as close as possible to the heights of perfection in music!  

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