Ravi Shankar

1920 - 2012

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Ravi Shankar (Bengali pronunciation: [ˈrobi ˈʃɔŋkor]; born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, sometimes spelled as Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury; 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012) was an Indian sitarist and composer. A sitar virtuoso, he became the world's best-known expert of North Indian classical music in the second half of the 20th century, and influenced many musicians in India and throughout the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ravi Shankar has received more than 8,321,338 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Ravi Shankar is the 152nd most popular musician (down from 111th in 2019), the 99th most popular biography from India (down from 71st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Indian Musician.

Ravi Shankar is most famous for being a sitar player and composer. He is often credited with popularizing Indian classical music in the west.

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Among musicians, Ravi Shankar ranks 152 out of 3,175Before him are Benny Goodman, Chris Slade, Tony Iommi, Hans von Bülow, Compay Segundo, and Dizzy Gillespie. After him are Andrés Segovia, James Last, James Hetfield, Don Shirley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Giya Kancheli.

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Among people born in 1920, Ravi Shankar ranks 38Before him are Montgomery Clift, Walter Matthau, Douglass North, Sergei Bondarchuk, John Demjanjuk, and Alberto Sordi. After him are Sun Myung Moon, Gunnar Gren, Kaysone Phomvihane, Edmond H. Fischer, Mickey Rooney, and Michèle Morgan. Among people deceased in 2012, Ravi Shankar ranks 32Before him are Antoni Tàpies, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Sven Hassel, Jean Giraud, John Demjanjuk, and Antonio Tabucchi. After him are Sun Myung Moon, Larry Hagman, Kiro Gligorov, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benzion Netanyahu, and Lucio Dalla.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ravi Shankar ranks 99 out of 1,861Before him are Ramanuja (1017), Ronald Ross (1857), Cliff Richard (1940), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Prithviraj Chauhan (1159), and Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883). After him are Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Sarojini Naidu (1879), Basava (1134), Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), and Kim Philby (1912).

Among MUSICIANS In India

Among musicians born in India, Ravi Shankar ranks 4Before him are Amir Khusrow (1253), Pete Best (1941), and Cliff Richard (1940). After him are Ram Narayan (1927), Tansen (1493), Bismillah Khan (1916), Ilaiyaraaja (1943), Barry Hay (1948), Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938), Christian Zacharias (1950), and Trilok Gurtu (1951).