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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 export 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 6,995,827 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 88 in 2019). Ravi Shankar is the 111th most popular musician (up from 115th in 2019), the 72nd most popular biography from India (down from 62nd in 2019) and the 2nd 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 111 out of 2,662Before him are Buddy Holly, Fernando Sor, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Nadia Boulanger, Lady Gaga, and Don Shirley. After him are Andrés Segovia, Bernard Haitink, Fritz Kreisler, Benny Goodman, John Bonham, and Ronnie Wood.

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Among people born in 1920, Ravi Shankar ranks 30Before him are Owen Chamberlain, Richard von Weizsäcker, Walter Matthau, Helmut Newton, John Demjanjuk, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. After him are Douglass North, Nicolaas Bloembergen, François Jacob, Clarice Lispector, Gene Tierney, and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Among people deceased in 2012, Ravi Shankar ranks 24Before him are Elinor Ostrom, Robin Gibb, John Demjanjuk, Tony Scott, Roger Garaudy, and Donna Summer. After him are Jean Giraud, Sven Hassel, Carlos Fuentes, Larry Hagman, Sergey Sokolov, and Stephen Covey.

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In India

Among people born in India, Ravi Shankar ranks 72 out of 1,493Before him are Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Ghalib (1797), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Samudragupta (335), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893). After him are Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Rajendra Prasad (1884), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Mumtaz Mahal (1593), and Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775).

Among MUSICIANS In India

Among musicians born in India, Ravi Shankar ranks 2Before him are Amir Khusrow (1253). After him are Cliff Richard (1940), Pete Best (1941), Ram Narayan (1927), Tansen (1493), Bismillah Khan (1916), Barry Hay (1948), Christian Zacharias (1950), Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938), Ilaiyaraaja (1943), and Trilok Gurtu (1951).