Pt. Ravi Bellare in front of his painting depicting Pt. Kudow Singh (19th century), whom legend says was able to make an elephant dance by playing his pakhawaj.
Shashi and Ravi Bellare performing at the punyatithi of Ustad Shamshuddin Khan - Talmiki Wadi, Mumbai
Under the guidance of their Uncle and Guru Pt. Taranath Rao, Ravi Bellare and his twin brother Shashi Bellare (1927-2012), were the first to introduce tabla Jugalbandi (duets) and Sawal Jawab (question and answer between the two artists). From a very young age in the early 1940’s they became two of the most sought after players of their time
Their duets were highly regarded in the music world and were admired by great masters like Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa & Ustad Shamshuddin Khan. Their guru Pandit Taranath Rao referred to Ravi & Shashi as the Ajanta & Ellora of Tabla. He said that their knowledge of the art of playing tabla was so deep that the comparison was most fitting for the twins. Listen to Ustad Shamshuddin Khan's tabla solos on youtube.
Pt. Ravi Bellare in Germany.
As a dancer, Ravi performed throughout Europe, Israel and India, presenting Kathak, Bharatanatyam and folk dance styles. He served as a choreographer and music director to acclaimed dancer Ram Gopal throughout a decade of international touring.