B. K. S. Iyengar

1918 - 2014

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Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014) was an Indian teacher of yoga and author. He is founder of the style of yoga as exercise, known as "Iyengar Yoga", and was considered one of the foremost yoga gurus 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of B. K. S. Iyengar has received more than 2,161,315 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). B. K. S. Iyengar is the 1,258th most popular writer (up from 1,444th in 2019), the 150th most popular biography from India (down from 146th in 2019) and the 27th most popular Writer.

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Among writers, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 1,258 out of 5,755Before him are Aksel Sandemose, Marie of Cleves, Duchess of Orléans, Georgi Markov, Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, Arnold Zweig, and Régis Debray. After him are Blaise Cendrars, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Antoine de Montchrestien, Hugo Gernsback, Odo of Cluny, and Rudolf Erich Raspe.

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Among people born in 1918, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 65Before him are Rosemary Kennedy, Richard Winters, João Goulart, Derek Barton, Henryk Szeryng, and Konstantinos Mitsotakis. After him are Fanny Blankers-Koen, Jin Youzhi, Yigal Allon, Jean-Marie Loret, Kakuei Tanaka, and João Figueiredo. Among people deceased in 2014, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 59Before him are Oscar de la Renta, Yozo Aoki, Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Gottfried John, Miklós Jancsó, and Ralph H. Baer. After him are Stuart Hall, Veljko Kadijević, Věra Chytilová, Hilderaldo Bellini, Chespirito, and Luise Rainer.

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In India

Among people born in India, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 150 out of 1,493Before him are Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay (1887), Shantideva (685), Kittur Chennamma (1778), V. V. Giri (1894), Green Boots (null), and Ahmad Sirhindi (1564). After him are Mahadevi Varma (1907), Mariam-uz-Zamani (1542), S. R. Ranganathan (1892), Ravi Shankar (1956), Lala Lajpat Rai (1865), and Dhyan Chand (1905).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, B. K. S. Iyengar ranks 27Before him are Bāṇabhaṭṭa (601), Bharata Muni (-1000), Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899), Vidyapati (1352), Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (1551), and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820). After him are Mahadevi Varma (1907), Subramania Bharati (1882), Anna Leonowens (1831), Kuvempu (1904), Andal (800), and Deepak Chopra (1946).