Ravi Shankar

Born May 13, 1956

Ravi Shankar, usually known as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was born Ravi Shankar Ratnam on 13 May 1956. He is also frequently referred to simply as "Sri Sri" or as Guruji or Gurudev. He is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems and violence. It is an NGO with UNESCO consultative status.… Read More

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  • A Sad Song Of Musical Censorship In India And Pakistan
    Huffington Post - Nov 13, 2016
  • Review: A Concerto In Which East Meets West, And Peace Reigns
    NYTimes - Nov 04, 2016
  • India's Finest Musicians Light Up The Albert Hall With Tribute To Ravi Shankar
    Guardian (UK) - May 24, 2016
  • Award Wapsi? Padma Vibhushan Sri Sri Says He Rejected Nobel, Doesn't Believe In Honours India Today
    Google News - May 02, 2016


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1956 Birth Born on May 13, 1956.


1981 25 Years Old He is also frequently referred to simply as "Sri Sri" (honorific) or as Guruji or Gurudev. He is a spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation created in 1981, which aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems, and violence.
1982 26 Years Old …  He says that his rhythmic breathing practice, Sudarshan Kriya, came to him in 1982, "like a poem, an inspiration," after a ten-day period of silence on the banks of the Bhadra River in Shimoga, in the state of Karnataka, adding, "I learned it and started teaching it". … Read More
1983 27 Years Old In 1983, Shankar held the first Art of Living course in Switzerland.


1986 30 Years Old In 1986, he travelled to Apple Valley, California in the US to conduct the first course to be held in North America. … Read More


1997 41 Years Old In 1997, he established a Geneva-based charity, the International Association for Human Values, an NGO that engages in relief work and rural development and aims to foster shared global values. … Read More
2004 48 Years Old He visited Pakistan in 2004 on a "goodwill mission" and again in 2012 when he inaugurated Art of Living centers in Islamabad and Karachi. … Read More


2007 51 Years Old During his visits to Iraq, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, in 2007 and again in 2008, he met with political and religious leaders to promote global peace.
2008 52 Years Old Ravi Shankar is involved in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute. Through interfaith summits in 2008 and 2010, he has been engaging faith-based leaders for collective action against HIV. … Read More
2009 53 Years Old In 2009, Shankar was named by Forbes Magazine as the fifth most powerful leader in India.
2012 56 Years Old In 2012, Ravi Shankar, while attending a function in Jaipur, claimed that some Indian government schools are breeding grounds for Naxalism, a movement of militant communist groups in India declared to be terrorist organisations. "All government schools and colleges should be privatised. … Read More
2013 57 Years Old NONVIO was launched as a nationwide movement by Shankar's foundation in March 2013 with the aim of eliminating violence. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old In November 2014, Ravi Shankar visited the relief camps in Erbil, Iraq. … Read More
2015 59 Years Old Ravi Shankar "brokered" the peace deal between the Colombian government and the guerrilla movement FARC during his visit to Cuba in June 2015. … Read More


2016 60 Years Old In January 2016, he was awarded the "Padma Vibhushan" by the Government of India.
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