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), whose name is often preceded by the title Pandit (scholar), was an Indian sitarist and composer. A sitar virtuoso, he became the world's best-known exponent 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 6,201,772 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Ravi Shankar is the 115th most popular musician (up from 118th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from India (up from 63rd in 2019) and the 3rd 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 115 out of 2,675Before him are Amir Khusrow, Fernando Sor, Ritchie Valens, David Oistrakh, Karl Thomas Mozart, and Cliff Richard. After him are Bill Evans, Neil Young, James Last, Till Lindemann, Fritz Kreisler, and Tony Iommi.

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Among people born in 1920, Ravi Shankar ranks 30Before him are John Demjanjuk, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Richard von Weizsäcker, Owen Chamberlain, Mickey Rooney, and Walter Matthau. After him are François Jacob, Douglass North, Fritz Walter, Helmut Newton, Clarice Lispector, and Dave Brubeck. Among people deceased in 2012, Ravi Shankar ranks 24Before him are Sylvia Kristel, John Demjanjuk, Roger Garaudy, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, and Larry Hagman. After him are Sven Hassel, Jean Giraud, Stephen Covey, Tony Scott, Matilde Camus, and Carlos Fuentes.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ravi Shankar ranks 62 out of 1,227Before him are Premchand (1880), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Amir Khusrow (1253), Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), and Cliff Richard (1940). After him are Ramana Maharshi (1879), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Abdul Karim (1863), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Harsha (590), and Pete Best (1941).

Among MUSICIANS In India

Among musicians born in India, Ravi Shankar ranks 3Before him are Amir Khusrow (1253) and Cliff Richard (1940). After him are Pete Best (1941), Ram Narayan (1927), Tansen (1493), Bismillah Khan (1916), Christian Zacharias (1950), Barry Hay (1948), Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938), Ilaiyaraaja (1943), and Mehdi Hassan (1927).