B. K. S. Iyengar

1918 - 2014

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Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014), better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of yoga as exercise known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as "the father of modern yoga". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of B. K. S. Iyengar has received more than 2,019,784 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. B. K. S. Iyengar is the 1,444th most popular writer (down from 1,270th in 2019), the 146th most popular biography from India (down from 126th in 2019) and the 25th most popular Indian Writer.

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Among writers, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 1,444 out of 5,794Before him are Li Qingzhao, Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi, Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Madame d'Aulnoy, Sadegh Hedayat, and Gampopa. After him are Margherita Sarfatti, Bruno Schulz, Fran Krsto Frankopan, Stig Dagerman, Marcel Aymé, and Wen Tianxiang.

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Among people born in 1918, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 74Before him are Yigal Allon, Gabriel Axel, Kakuei Tanaka, Jerome Robbins, Kevin A. Lynch, and Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV. After him are João Figueiredo, Philip José Farmer, Dora Ratjen, Kenichi Fukui, Edward B. Lewis, and Lothar-Günther Buchheim. Among people deceased in 2014, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 81Before him are Vladimir Beara, Joan Rivers, Gabriel Axel, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Billy Milligan, and Serge Moscovici. After him are Run Run Shaw, Alice Herz-Sommer, Leo Tindemans, Gottfried John, Karl Albrecht, and Valeri Kubasov.

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In India

Among people born in India, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 146 out of 1,227Before him are Wilfred Bion (1897), Bāṇabhaṭṭa (601), Buddhaghosa (401), Ravidas (1450), Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906), and Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671). After him are Tarabai (1675), Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Mamnoon Hussain (1940), Vikramaditya (-102), and Surdas (1478).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 25Before him are Lawrence Durrell (1912), Namdev (1270), Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899), Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838), Vidyapati (1352), and Bāṇabhaṭṭa (601). After him are Surdas (1478), Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820), Anna Leonowens (1831), Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (1551), Abdul-Qādir Bedil (1642), and Bharata Muni (-1000).