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Ashok Anant Bellare

Tabla artist, Santoor artist, Music composer, Music director

Ashok Anant Bellare
   Biography

Ashok Anant  Bellare is a child prodigy. He started his music performance in 1953, at the tender age of three. He learnt classical music from his father Late Shri. Anant K. Bellare who used to accompany great veterans like Late Ustad Amir Khan, Late  Pt. Bhimsen Joshi and others on the harmonium.


Later on, Ashok switched over to Tabla and started learning from the maestro, Late Pandit Taranath Rao of Mangalore. 


Ashok believes that any music that relaxes the mind and touches the heart is the real music. He also believes that music can create wonders as a fine art and can reach people irrespective of their nationality as it has no language barrier.


Since 2002, under the banner Bells Multimedia, he is manufacturing effortless mantra-chanting gadgets with original voices of the renowned Saints of India and also digital Tanpuras, digital tablas, digital lehra boxes used by persons for meditation and those practicing classical and light classical music - both vocal and instrumental.

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Ashok Bellare - Santoor & Tabla player
Ashok Bellare - Santoor & Tabla player
Bells Music Logo - Music Company
Bells Music Logo - Music Company
Ashok Bellare's Guru Late Pt. Taranathji & Jagadguru
Ashok Bellare's Guru Late Pt. Taranathji & Jagadguru
Ashok Bellare's Guru Late Pt. Taranathji
Ashok Bellare's Guru Late Pt. Taranathji
Ashok Bellare performing with Guru Late Pt. Taranathji  in USA - 1982
Ashok Bellare performing with Guru Late Pt. Taranathji in USA - 1982
Ashok Bellare with Gurubandhus
Ashok Bellare with Gurubandhus
Ashok Bellare as a producer and music director in a studio recording
Ashok Bellare as a producer and music director in a studio recording
Ashok Bellare performing  while conducting  Orchestra
Ashok Bellare performing while conducting Orchestra
Jugalbandi with Shekhar in a concert at Dahisar, Mumbai
Jugalbandi with Shekhar in a concert at Dahisar, Mumbai
Kinara school - Pt Ravi Shankars' School of Music in Breach Candy, Mumbai in 1960
Kinara school - Pt Ravi Shankars' School of Music in Breach Candy, Mumbai in 1960
Pranava Santoor
Pranava Santoor
Blessing by Guruji Late Pt Taranath Rao, during the concert in USA in 1982
Blessing by Guruji Late Pt Taranath Rao, during the concert in USA in 1982
   Career
Ashok Bellare was invited to perform at the Sur Singar Samsad, Swami Haridas Sammelan, Pt Paluskar death anniversary programmes, AIR regular and Doordarshan programmes etc to mention a few. 
 
Since 1975, Ashok has given more than 1000 public performances in India and abroad. He visited USA in 1981-82 as a representative of TCS and performed at New York, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and many other places during the weekends.
 
Again, in 1987, he visited USA and participated in lecture demonstrations through his own software simulating Indian Classical music on the computer and also performed on Pranava Santoor in various universities such as Dayton, Madison, Missouri, Oxford, Hartford, Miami and the California Institute of the Arts. In 1990-91, he performed at various places in Switzerland.
 
In 1998, he was invited by the Govt. of Israel to participate in the International Arts, Crafts and Music festival in Jerusalem, Israel.

In the year 2000, he was invited by the South Asian Arts Association in Glasgow, Scotland (UK) to conduct music workshops for Glasgow University, Edinburgh University and various schools and colleges in Scotland. During this time, his performances were organized by the South Asian Arts Association, Glasgow.

In the Glasgow University, Ashok along with his colleagues and 30 Scottish final year students of the Glasgow University performed together in the University theatre, the composition being Indian classical Raga Yaman.    

To commemorate the Centenary celebrations of a renowned saint of Karnataka, H. H. Swami Anandashram, in July 2002, Ashok composed music and organized a unique multimedia event for over 4 hours 'Anand Smruti' consisting of 25 singers and brought 5 different cultures on one platform i.e. music, arts, literature, spirituality and technology. The concert was well attended and appreciated by an audience of over seven hundred.

In October 2002, Ashok made a successful tour to UK (Scotland & England) and  performed at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Dance, Scottish Academy of Asian Arts,  Big Big World Music Festival, Yoga Centre, Edinburgh Reid University, Woodlands Methodist Church and 2  concerts in London. He has also bagged a recording assignment with BBC Scotland. He and his colleagues -Shri. Uday Raikar and Vijay Kangutkar were interviewed by the BBC officials.    

Ashok is also a music composer and a music director and has composed more than 200 bhajans and geets in various styles.

In the year 1970, with blessings from P.P. Govind Maharaj Upalekar of Phaltan, Maharashtra State, Ashok composed music for “Geet Hariyogi”, being the biography of the renowned saint of Phaltan, Param Pujya Sant Haribaba .

He has composed music for the Konkani dramas Nandadeep and Kodial Vaibhav in Mumbai. He has also composed music for the Ramayana Dance Ballet in Scotland which is performed by the Scottish dancers all over Europe.
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Ashok Anant Bellare Presents Santoor Recital

Ashok Bellare was invited to perform at the Sur Singar Samsad, Swami Haridas Sammelan, Pt Paluskar death anniversary programmes, AIR regular and Doordarshan programmes etc to mention a few. Since 1975, Ashok has given more than 1000 public performances in India and abroad. He visited USA in 1981-82 as a representative of TCS and performed at New York, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and many other places during the weekends. Again, in 1987, he visited USA and participated in lecture demonstrations through his own software simulating Indian Classical music on the computer and also performed on Pranava Santoor in various universities such as Dayton, Madison, Missouri, Oxford, Hartford, Miami and the California Institute of the Arts.
   Awards & Achievements
Ashok Bellare obtained the first prize in the All India Radio Music competition in the year 1957 and  was honored by the then Governor of Maharashtra State - Sri. Sri. Prakasa.

With blessings from his religious preceptor, Kaka Maharaj of Phaltan and with the guidance of Late Pt. Taranathji’s and Late Ustad Amir Khan, Ashok Bellare innovated Pranava Santoor which is quite different in size, shape and tone from the original Santoor of Kashmir. 

Ashok Bellare has also experimented the application of spiritual music to coma patients and is doing research on the effects of music on such patients which has shown very positive results.
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