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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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  • 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
  • River Restoration Preserving In Spite Of Questionable Accusations
    The Huffington Post - Mar 08, 2016
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    Making Noise For Peace: The World Culture Festival In March 2016
    Huffington Post - Jan 25, 2016


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1956 Birth Born on May 13, 1956.


1975 19 Years Old He completed his studies for Bachelor in Science at the age of 17 at St. Joseph's College, Bangalore University, culminating into the degree which he received on 7 December 1975 (at the age of 18) from Bangalore University. … Read More


1981 25 Years Old Shankar inspired his father and several other prominent citizens of Bangalore to found Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, an educational and charitable trust, in 1981. … Read More
1983 27 Years Old In 1983 Shankar held the first Art of Living course in Europe in Switzerland.


1986 30 Years Old In 1986 he travelled to Apple Valley, California in the USA to conduct the first course to be held in North America.
1992 36 Years Old …  In 1992 he started prison programs to rehabilitate prison inmates and help them reintegrate into the mainstream. 1997 saw the beginning of the International Association for Human Values, a humanitarian organization, and its 5H program, which aims to bring sustainable development to rural areas and revive human values. After the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Art of Living Foundation offered free courses in stress reduction to New Yorkers. … 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.
2004 48 Years Old He visited Pakistan in 2004 and met with political and religious leaders there as a part of his efforts to promote global peace. … Read More


2007 51 Years Old In 2007, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visited Iraq at the invitation of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki and also met with Sunni, Shia and Kurdish leaders.
2010 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010 Shankar was named by Forbes Magazine as the fifth most influential person in India. … Read More
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