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Ashok Bellare,Mumbai

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

Later on, Ashok switched over to Tabla and started learning from the maestro, late Pandit Taranath Rao. With Panditji's guidance Since 1957, Ashok participated in more than 800 concerts of Tabla solo & Tabla Jugalbandi and obtained the first prize in the All India Radio Music competition and was honored by the then Governor of Maharashtra State, Sri Sri Prakasa.

He 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. He has preserved the paper clippings of various newspapers of India and abroad right from 1957 to date as a record.

With blessings from his religious preceptor, Kaka Maharaj of Phaltan and Pt Taranathji's guidance, Ashok innovated Pranava Santoor which is quite different in size, shape and tone from the original Santoor of Kashmir. Since 1975, Ashok has given more than 1100 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.

Ashok has travelled to Switzerland, Israel, UK, etc. to perform and for lecture demonstrations.

Ashok is also a music composer and a music director and has composed more than 500 bhajans and geets in various styles. He has so far released 11 spiritual albums of various saints of India locally and 5 classical instrumental albums abroad, one of which is a fusion of Indian & Western instruments ( compositions in Indian Light Classical style ).

Ashok has recently launched his own music company "Bells Music" and promises to compose music and produce several music albums of all the great Saints of India. With blessings and inspiration from all these saints, Ashok has recently received export orders for USA and UK.

email: amitbellare@rediffmail.com