Ravi Belagere

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Ravi Belagere
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Born(1958-03-15)15 March 1958
Ballari, Karnataka, India
Died13 November 2020(2020-11-13) (aged 62)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
OccupationJournalist, writer, novelist, actor
GenreFiction, non-fiction
Notable works
  • Himalayan Blunder
  • Nee Hinga Nodabyada Nanna
  • Bheema Theerada Hanthakaru
  • Indireya Maga Sanjaya
  • D Company

Ravi Belagere (15 March 1958 – 13 November 2020) was a writer and journalist based in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.[1][2][3] He was the editor of Kannada language tabloid Hai Bangalore and fortnightly magazine O Manase.[4] He founded Bhavana Prakashana, Prarthana School and Bhavana Audio Reach.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Belagere was born on 15 March 1958 at Sathyanarayanapete, in Bellary. His mother's name is Parvathamma and his father was a writer.[6] He studied his high school education from Siddhaganga High School, Tumkur for couple of years and he failed in SSLC.[6] Later, he completed his master's degree in history and archaeology from Veerashaiva College, Bellary.[7]

Married life[edit]

Belagere has been married twice. His first wife is Lalitha and the second wife is Yashomati, who was his colleague at Hai Bangalore office. His first wife has three children namely Chethana Belagere (daughter), Bhavana Belagere (daughter) and Karna (son). His second wife Yashomati has a son named Himavanth.[7] He was an ardent fan of Khushwant Singh and he said he was attracted to leftist ideology and he had no political leanings.[8]


Belagere started his career as a lecturer of history, working as a lecturer of history in Bellary, Hassan and Hubli before heading to Bengaluru in 1984.[9] He worked as a room boy, receptionist, newspaper boy, milk seller, medical representative, printing press owner, theatre gate keeper and many low-paying jobs in his time of desperation.[7] After coming to Bengaluru, he started his own newspaper Hai Bangalore on September 25, 1995[10] along with R. T. Vittalamurthy, Ra. Somanath, Jogi and I. H. Sangam Dev[11] which he published from his Padmanabhanagar office in Bengaluru. The columns like Love Lavike, Bottom Item and Khaas Baat apart from Papigala Lokadalli which was about the underworld, created many admirers and his paper was the largest circulated newspaper over the five years.[8] After this success, he started a magazine O Manase which focused on difficulties and troubles of young people and it too was an instant success. Later, he produced several TV programs and acted in some movies.[8] [12]

Literary works[edit]

Year Title
1980 Daari (Collection of Stories)
Agin Kavya (Collection of Poems)

Golibaar (Novel)
Vivaaha (Translation)

Nakshatra Jaaridaaga (Translation)
1990 Arti (Novel)
Pyaasa (Biography)

Rajeev Hathye Yekayithu? Hegayithu? (History)

Pa. Vem. Helida Kathe (Collection of Stories)

Paapigala Lokadalli Part-1

1996 Mandovi (Novel)
Khasabath 1996 (Biography)

Paapigala Lokadalli Part-2
Khasabath 1997 (Biography)
Khasabath 1998 (Biography)

Lavalavike 1

Maatagaathi (Novel)
Mysore Serial Killer Raveendra (Murder mystery)

Omerta (Novel)

Himalayan Blunder (Translation)
17 Day war in Kargil (War Story)

Company of Women (Translation)

Sarpa Sambandha (Novel)
Sanjaya (Biography)

Ottaare Kathegalu (Collection of Stories)

Timepass (Translation)
Bheema Theerada Hanthakaru (Gangster History)
Keli (Collection of Articles)
Paapada Hoovu Phoolan (Biography)

Muslim (War Story)

Bottom Item Part 1 (Collection of Articles)
Indireya Maga Sanjaya (Life Story)
Raja Rahasya (Translation)

Heli Hogu Karana (Novel)

Gandhi Hathye & Godse (Life Story)
Nee hinga nodabyada Nanna (Novel)
Khasabath 1999 (Life Story)
Khasabath 2000 (Life Story)
Bottom Item Part 2 (Collection of Articles)

2004 Lavalavike Part 2
Godfather (Translation)

Black Friday (Translation)
Paapigala Lokadalli (Crime)

2006 Bottom Item Part 3 (Collection of Articles)
Diana (Biography)

Hanthaki I Love You (Translation)
Baba Bedroom Hathyakaanda (Investigation)
Khasabath 2001 (Life Story)
Reshme Rumalu (Translation)
Manase (Audio CD)

Khasabath 2002 (Life Story)

Chalam (Biography)
Dangeya Dinagalu (Translation of "The Devil's Wind" by Manohar Malgonkar
D company (Crime)

Neena Pakistana (War)

Avanobbanidda Godse (History)
Major Sandeep Hathye (War)
Lavalavike Part 3
Bottom Item Part 4 (Collection of Articles)
First Half

KamaRaja Marga (Novel)

Anil Lad Matthu Nalavattu Kallaru (Novel)

Bottom Item Part 5 (Collection of Articles)

Lavalavike Part 4
Khasabath 2003 (Life Story)
Khasabath 2004 (Life Story)
Bottom Item Part 6 (Collection of Articles)

Kanase (Audio CD)

Udugore (Selected Writings)
Himagni (Novel)
Olave (Audio CD)
Amma Sikkidlu (Novel)
Kalpana Vilasa (Biography)
Khasabath 2005 (Life Story)
RangaVilasa Bangaleya Kolegalu (Crime)
Idu Jeeva, Iduve Jeevana (Biography)
Pramod Mahajan Hathye (Translation)

Enaythu Magale (Life Story)

Bottom Item Part 7 (Collection of Articles)

Aatma (Novel)

Bottom Item Part 8 (Collection of Articles)
Khasabath 2006 (Life Story)
Raj, Leela Vinod (Biography) idli vada deadly murder (crime )


Media works[edit]

  • He was the producer[8] and narrator of the crime investigation show Crime Diary which aired on ETV Kannada and he has also given his voice for the movie Deadly Soma[7]
  • He hosted a TV program Endhu Mareyada Haadu,[6]Break fast which aired on Janashri TV[13]
  • He has acted in movies like Ganda Hendathi, Madesha and Vaarasdhara and also he has played the role of a judge in Muktha Muktha serial[13]
  • He has also produced a TV programs such as Night Beat Crime, Heli Hogu Karana which is based on his own novel on Suvarna TV[13]
  • He has also conducted a radio program Bel Belagge Ravi Belagere on Akashvani.[5]
  • He was a participant in Bigg Boss Kannada 7th season.[14]

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Work and Year
First Prize in Masti Story Competition Vandya –1990
Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award
Vivaha (Translation) (1984)

Pa. Vem. Helida Kathe (Collection Of stories) –1997

Shivarama Karantha Award Nee Hinga Nodabyada Nanna (novel)–2004
Computer Excellency award from Central Government (for his school) 2005
Karnataka Media Academy Award for Lifetime achievement 2008
Rajyothsava award 2010
Kempegowda Award 2011



  • Controversial article on actress Rupini

He wrote a controversial article on Rupini (actress) which invited a huge criticism.[6]

  • Movie on HDK and Radhika

He tried directing the movie Mukhyamantri I Love You which was based on the love story of H D Kumaraswamy and actress Radhika Kumaraswamy. But the movie didn't hit the screen as H. D. Deve Gowda brought the stay on the movie release.[8]

  • Spat with Prathap Simha and cricisim of Vijaya Karnataka

In December 2010, he made a derogatory comment on Pratap Simha at the time when Pratap Simha was a writer at Vijaya Karnataka and it led to the resignation of Pratap Simha, then the editor-in-chief Vishweshwar Bhat, P. Thayagaraj and several others. After that, Pratap Simha hits back to Ravi Belagere on his website and the spat between the two continued for a while.[7][11]

  • Extra-marital relationships

A magazine named Duniya printed an alleged love letter written by Ravi Belagere to a 22-year-old girl begging for love. Also, the magazine had an article saying that it had received many such cases.[7]

  • Copyright issues

He had a spat with the producers of the movies such as Bheema Theeradalli and Om(Kannada film) over alleged copyright infringement of his works.[7]


Ravi died at 2:30 AM on 13 November 2020 due to heart attack in Bangalore.[15][16] He was 62.[17]


  1. ^ "ThatsKannada - Columnist - Ravi Belagere - Soorya Shikari - ಸೂರ್ಯ ಶಿಕಾರಿ - ರವಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ". kannada.oneindia.com.
  2. ^ "Nothing found for 2012 04 21 Wives".
  3. ^ "Welcome to Ravi Belagere Website..." www.ravibelagere.com.
  4. ^ "Scribd". Scribd.
  5. ^ a b Bj, Nayana (13 November 2020). "ಅಕ್ಷರ ಗಾರುಡಿಗ, ಖ್ಯಾತ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ ರವಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ ನಿಧನ" (in Kannada). Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೇಟೆಯಿಂದ ಸುಪಾರಿವರೆಗೆ ರವಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ ಏಳು-ಬೀಳು". kannada.oneindia.com (in Kannada). Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ravi Belagere : Kannada Actor Age, Movies, Biography, Photos". chiloka.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Karnataka: From theatre gatekeeper to popular journalist to crime accused". Deccan Chronicle. 10 December 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Stories about Bengaluru's underworld made journalist Ravi Belagere famous - The New Indian Express". www.newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  10. ^ ಡೆಸ್ಕ್, ಒನ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ (13 November 2020). "ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ- ಸಾಹಿತಿ ರವಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ ನಿಧನ- 1958ರಿಂದ 2020ರ ಹಾದಿ". https://kannada.oneindia.com (in Kannada). Retrieved 16 November 2020. External link in |work= (help)
  11. ^ a b "Exclusive biography of #RaviBelegere and on his life". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  12. ^ Senior journalist and writer of Hai Bangalore, Ravi Belagere has died of a heart attack
  13. ^ a b c "ಜನಶ್ರೀ ಟಿವಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥರಾಗಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ ರವಿ". kannada.filmibeat.com (in Kannada). 19 September 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  14. ^ "ಬಿಗ್'ಬಾಸ್-7: 'ದೊಡ್ಮನೆ'ಯಿಂದ ರವಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ ಔಟ್, ಕಾರಣವೇನು ಗೊತ್ತಾ?". Kannadaprabha (in Kannada). Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  15. ^ Avinash Kadesivalya (13 November 2020). "ಅಸಂಖ್ಯಾತ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಬರಹಗಳ ಹುಚ್ಚು ಹತ್ತಿಸಿದ 'ಅಕ್ಷರ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ' ಖ್ಯಾತ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ ರವಿ ಬೆಳಗೆರೆ ಇನ್ನಿಲ್ಲ..!" [Ravi Belagere no more]. Vijaya Karnataka (in Kannada). Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Ravi Belagere Dies of Heart Attack In Bengaluru, Kannada Writers And Journalists Shocked". Sakshi Post. 13 November 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Former Bigg Boss Kannada season 7 contestant and senior journalist Ravi Belagere passes away". Times Of India. 13 November 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.

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