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 About the Artiste

Ravindra Yavagal,Bangalore

Born on 27th November 1959, Sri Ravindra Yavagal was initiated into music by his father Late Ramachandra Yavagal at the age of four. He then continued his training on the tabla with Veeranna Kamkar of Hubli. He later came under the tutelage of Pt. Sheshagiri Hanagal a well known tabla artiste from Dharwad belt, with whom he has been continuing his musical association for almost thirty years now. He has also been blessed to have received guidance from Pt. Lalji Gokhale the disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakhwa.

Considered to be a child prodigy, Ravindra gave his first solo performance at the age of ten at the prestigious Sawai Gandharva Music Festival at Kundagol.

A postgraduate in music from Indira Kala Vishvavidyalaya-Khairagarh (M.P) he is one of the most sought after tabla players of the country today and has been able to enthrall the audience through his skillful fingering techniques and creative style which is a result of rigorous training and sincere riyaz. He has been recognized both as a soloist and as a sensitive accompanist.

He has accompanied several top ranking vocalists and instrumentalists in the word of Indian Classical Music such as Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur, Dr. Gangubai Hanagal, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Ramarao Naik, Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru, Pt. Jasraj, Pt. C. R. Vyas, and many more.

Ravindra has received honors and felicitations from several organizations for his valuable contribution to the field of music, notable of which is the RAJYOTSAVA AWARD conferred by Karnataka State Government in 1995, in recognition of his talent and service rendered. He is also an able teacher and has been training youngsters in order to share his knowledge with the younger generation.

Presently he is on the staff of All India Radio-Bangalore, as a Selection Grade 1 artiste and has been rendering valuable service to the institution for almost twenty years now.

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