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Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 7, 1920
DiedDecember 11, 2012, La Jolla, California, United States
SpouseSukanya Rajan, Annapurna Devi, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa
FactDaughter Norah Jones, born in 1979, was from a relationship with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer. After fathering his daughter Anoushka Shankar with Sukanya Rajan in 1981, Shankar lived with Sue Jones until 1986 when he returned to Rajan and eventually married her.

Ravi Shankar (born 13 May 1956) is an Indian spiritual leader. He is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation which, through its various service projects, promotes yoga, meditation and powerful breathing techniques including the Sudarshan Kriya for betterment of the individual and society.

Early life and background

Ravi Shankar was born on 13 May 1956 in Pune, India, to a Tamil family. His father, R. S. Venkat Ratnam, was a diplomat and his mother, Smt. Vijaya Lakshmi, was a housewife. He has a younger sister, Ananda Shankar Jayant.

Shankar’s early education took place in India and England. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Delhi and his Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of London.


In 1981, Shankar founded the Art of Living Foundation, a volunteer-based international NGO that aims to relieve individual stress, societal problems and violence. The foundation has since grown to over 3 million members in 156 countries. It offers courses in yoga and meditation through its network of over 9,000 service projects.

The Art of Living Foundation has been active in disaster relief since its inception. It has provided relief to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and more recently to victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Shankar has also been involved in various social initiatives such as prison reform, environmental sustainability and women’s empowerment. He has addressed the United Nations General Assembly and the World Economic Forum on numerous occasions.

In 2016, Shankar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor, for his contributions to spirituality and social work.

Net Worth

Ravi Shankar’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million. He earns a salary of $1 million per year from the Art of Living Foundation. He also receives income from speaking engagements and book royalties.


Shankar is married to Sudeshna Sanyal, a classical dancer and choreographer. The couple have two daughters, Radha and Mallika.

Shankar has been friends with the Dalai Lama since 1982. The two spiritual leaders have collaborated on various projects over the years including a global campaign to promote peace and non-violence.

Physical Characteristics

Ravi Shankar is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

General Info

Full NameRavi Shankar
Date Of BirthApril 7, 1920
DiedDecember 11, 2012, La Jolla, California, United States
Height1.93 m
ProfessionFilm Score Composer, Lyricist, Film director, Actor, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa
EducationSt. Joseph's College, Bangalore


SpouseSukanya Rajan, Annapurna Devi, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa
ChildrenAnoushka Shankar, Norah Jones, Shubhendra Shankar, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa
ParentsHemangini Devi, Shyam Shankar, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa
SiblingsUday Shankar, Rajendra Shankar, Bhupendra Shankar, Debendra Shankar, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa


AwardsBharat Ratna, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Tagore Award, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts, Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performan...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Music Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Prabhujee, Vandanaa Trayee, Asato Maa
MoviesSariyaagi, Shankara, Hale Radio, Kempe Gowda, Maanikya, Adyaksha, Dandupalya, Kote, Dhamarukam, Varadhanayaka, Rathavara, Doddmane Hudga, Mungaru Male 2, RX Soori, Durgi, Abhinetri, Huchudugaru, Viraat, Vettaikaaran, Hebbuli, Bahaddur, Chaarulatha, Mukunda Murari, Jigarthanda, Indru Netru Naalai, Br...

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1[to enthusiastic fans who mistakenly applauded during the preliminary warmup] If you like our tuning so much, I hope you will enjoy the playing even more.


1Uncle of Late Ananda Shankar and Mamata Shankar.
2Younger brother of Late Uday Shankar.
3Approached George Harrison in the summer of 1971 with news about the civil war in Bangladesh (then part of Pakistan), and asked Harrison's help in promoting a benefit concert to aid war refugees who had fled to India; Shankar had hoped to raise $10,000. The resulting The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) raised more than a hundred times that amount, but most of the money was held in escrow, due to an IRS tax investigation, until nearly a decade later.
4Has a son Shubhendra Shankar, born in 1942, with his first wife Annapurna Devi.
5Daughter Norah Jones, born in 1979, was from a relationship with Sue Jones, a New York concert producer. After fathering his daughter Anoushka Shankar with Sukanya Rajan in 1981, Shankar lived with Sue Jones until 1986 when he returned to Rajan and eventually married her.
6Knew second wife Sukanya Rajan since the '70s.
7Had a relationship with dancer Kamala Shastri from the late '40s until 1981 when he left her to be with Sue Jones, the mother of his daughter Norah Jones.
8Appreciated the increased attention his music received in the psychedelic era (particularly through his association with George Harrison), but found the frequent drug use of his listeners distasteful; Shankar would sometimes cut performances short, or actually stop the music and admonish the audience if wafting smoke or noises interfered with the musicians' playing. In time, his audiences cleaned up, which pleased Shankar greatly.
9Began his performing career as a dancer, and was taught his sitar exercises by his teacher's singing them; the teacher could not play the instrument.
10Father of musician Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar.
11Awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1998.
12Taught George Harrison of the Beatles how to play the sitar, an instrument on which he is considered an expert player.
13Currently a Regents Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.




El Hindú2011Short
Rahman magyar barátai2009Documentary short
Sri Lanka, les naufragés du tsunami2005Documentary
Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds2001Documentary
Tenussian Vacuvasco2000
Yehudi Menuhin: The Violin of the Century1996Documentary
Meera1979as Pandit Ravishankar
Ravi Shankar's Music Festival from India1975TV Movie
Unterwegs nach Kathmandu1971TV Movie
Sex and the Animals1969Documentary
Niet genoeg1968Documentary short
The Psychedelics1966
Alice in Wonderland1966TV Movie
Ghoom Bhangar Gaan1965
Dheuer Pare Dheu1962
Anuradha1960as Pt. Ravi Shankar
The Sword and the Flute1959Short documentary
Apur Sansar1959
Paras-Pathar1958as Ravishankar
The Flute and the Arrow1957Documentary
Kabuliwala1957as Pandit Ravishankar
A Chairy Tale1957Short
Pather Panchali1955
Dharti Ke Lal1946
Neecha Nagar1946as Ravi Shanker


Marguerite2015performer: "Man Pasand" / writer: "Man Pasand"
Banda sonora2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kempe Gowda2011performer: "Shankara"
Taking Woodstock2009performer: "Raga Manj Khamaj" / writer: "Raga Manj Khamaj"
The Darjeeling Limited2007music: "Music" - as Pandit Ravi Shankar
Music and Lyrics2007performer: "Ghanashyam", "Raga Rajya-Kalyan" / writer: "Ghanashyam", "Raga Rajya-Kalyan"
Catch and Release2006/IIwriter: "Raga Madhuvanti Gat In Rupak 7-Beat Live"
Anything Else2003performer: "Gat I" / writer: "Gat I"
America's Sweethearts2001writer: "Shuddia Sarang"
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentary performer: "Raga Charu Kishi" / writer: "Raga Charu Kishi"
Natural Born Killers1994writer: "The Trembler"
My Girl1991performer: "Maru-Bihag"
Nuts1987performer: "SINDHI-BHAIRAVI"
Merton1984"Tala Rasa Ranga", "Tabla Dhwani"
The Midnight Special1973TV Series performer - 1 episode
Be-Imaan1972music: "Hum Do Mast Malang" / music: "Jai Bolo Be-Imaan Ki", "Yeh Raakhi Bandhan Hai Aesa", "Dekho Ji Raat Ko Julam Ho Gaya", "Main To Chali Hoon", "Patla Patla Reshmi Kurta" - as Jaikishen Shankar
Wow1970Documentary performer: Pièce pour sitar / writer: Pièce pour sitar
Adam-121969TV Series 1 episode
Anuradha1960music: "Sanware Sanware Kahe Mose" / writer: "Sanware Sanware Kahe Mose"
Vachan1955lyrics: "Chanda Mama Door Ke"

Music Department

Kempe Gowda2011musician
Contract2008playback singer
The Party1968music advisor: Mr. Sellers - uncredited
Alice in Wonderland1966TV Movie musician


Hit for Six2007Trinidad and Tobago Cricketer
Unterwegs nach Kathmandu1971TV Movie
Chappaqua1966Sun God

Production Manager

Freaky Chakra2003unit production manager
Bokshu the Myth2002production supervisor


Apur Panchali2014respectful homage
My Karma2004Short the producers wish to thank


Sixties Summer Songs1999TV Series shortHimself
George Harrison & Ravi Shankar: Yin & Yang1997TV MovieHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Ravi Shankar's Music Festival from India1975TV MovieHimself - Musician
Top à...1974TV SeriesHimself
In Concert1974TV SeriesHimself
The Midnight Special1973TV SeriesHimself
The Concert for Bangladesh1972DocumentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
Yehudi Menuhin, chemin de lumière1971DocumentaryHimself
Zur Nacht1971TV Series documentaryHimself - Musician
Ravi Shankar1970DocumentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Sitarist
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformer
The Best on Record1968TV SpecialHimself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1968TV SeriesHimself
Gala de l'Unicef1967TV SeriesHimself
Contrasts1967TV SeriesHimself - Sitarist
The Hollywood Palace1967TV SeriesHimself - Sitarist
A Whole Scene Going1966TV SeriesHimself
Ravi Shankar Plays for Alice1966TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ustad Alauddin Khan1963DocumentaryHimself
Music for You1956TV SeriesHimself
Indian Artists in the U.S.S.R.1955Documentary short
George Harrison: Living in the Material World2011DocumentaryHimself
Ravi Shankar, l'extraordinaire leçon2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wisdom2008Video documentaryHimself
Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts2007DocumentaryHimself
Concert for Bangladesh Revisited with George Harrison and Friends2005TV Movie documentary
HARDtalk Extra2005TV SeriesHimself
Through the Keyhole2004TV SeriesHimself
Concert for George2003Video documentaryHimself
The Song of the Little Road2003Documentary
Pratidhwani-Echoes2002Documentary shortPt Ravi Shankar
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001TV SeriesHimself
Ravi Shankar: Between Two Worlds2001DocumentaryHimself
The South Bank Show2001TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Yehudi Menuhin: Who Was Yehudi?2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Musician
The EE British Academy Film Awards2013TV SpecialMemorial Tribute
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Honoree / In Memoriam
Banda sonora2012TV SeriesHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Get Up, Stand Up2003TV Series documentaryHimself
George Harrison - Der sanfte Beatle2001TV Short documentaryHimself
The Beatles Anthology1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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