Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Age, Wife, Family, Biography, Controversy, Facts & More

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Real NameRavi Shankar
ProfessionSpiritual and Humanitarian Leader
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Heightin centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
Weightin kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Personal Life
Date of Birth13 May 1956 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2024)68 Years
Birth PlacePapanasam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Zodiac sign/Sun signTaurus
HometownPapanasam, Tamil Nadu, India
SchoolMES, Bangalore (1973)
CollegeSt. Joseph's College, Bangalore (1973)
Educational QualificationsDegrees In Vedic Literature And Physics
FamilyFather- R. S. Venkat Ratnam
Mother- Visalakshi Ratnam
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar With His Mother
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Bhanumathi Narsimhan (Director of The Child and Women Welfare Activities- Art Of Living Foundation)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar With His Sister Bhanumathi Narsimhan
AddressIndia 21st KM Kanakapura Main Road, Udaypura, Bangalore South, Karnataka-560082, India
ControversiesIn 2012 in Jaipur, Ravi Shankar said that some Government schools are breeding grounds of Naxalism (communist groups of terrorist organizations) and "All government schools and colleges should be privatized."

The National Green Tribunal alleged Art of Living for causing damage and environmental degradation to the Yamuna floodplains due to its three-day World Culture Festival; held on March 2016.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Foundation Art of Living Caused Damage and Environmental Degradation To The Yamuna Floodplains
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Wife/SpouseNot Known
Money Factor
Net WorthINR 1000 Crore (Approx)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

  • After making a small Shivalinga at the age of five; he (with his sister) used to emulate the puja performed by his grandmother.
  • According to his sister, during his childhood, he was a little bit naughty and humorous. One day; after returning from school, she and Ravi emptied the suitcase of their father and filled it with toys that made everyone surprise in his office.
  • During his school days, he was a multi-talented student and would participate in dance, singing, and theatre, etc. He was so affectionate to his teachers that they would come to him for solace.
  • By the age of four, he could recite the whole Bhagwat Geets (an ancient Sanskrit scripture of India).
  • In 1982, after entering into a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga (a city in Karnataka State), he developed a technique – The Sudarshan Kriya (a powerful breathing process). Sri Sri Ravi Shankar In His Youth
  • In his childhood, he was inspired by Sudhakar Chaturvedi (a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi) and later took initiation from his Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
  • He is the founder of Art of Living Foundation (created in 1981) and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV, created in 1997) that aims to establish a stress-free and violence-free society. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Addressing The Audiance
  • His Youth Empowerment Programs in the USA are tackling the problems of drugs, alcohol, and violence of the youth, successfully.
  • He has started over 435 schools to provide free education to the underprivileged children in India.
  • One of the aims of his organization is to care for the environment. Focussing on this, 71 million trees in 36 countries have been planted by his volunteers, and 33 rivers, as well as thousands of water bodies, are being revived by him in India.
  • To rehabilitate prisoners, his programme has reached more than 7,00,000 prisoners globally.
  • In New Delhi, from 11th to 13th of March 2016, he organized the World Culture Festival where more than 3.75 million people from 155 countries participated, and to celebrate the values of all faiths 36,602 dancers and musicians performed on a 7-acre- stage. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar In World Culture Festival (Delhi, March 2016)
  • He has received 16 Honorary Doctorates globally and has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India and highest civilian awards of Colombia, Mongolia, and Paraguay. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Receiving The Padma Vibhushan Award From Indian President Pranab MukherjeeSri Sri Ravi Shankar Conferred With Colombia’s Highest Civilian Award
  • He has been honored with Bharat Shiromani Award (2005), Dr. Nagendra Singh International Peace Award, India (2016), Tiradentes Medal, (the highest honor from Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil), The Sivananda World Peace award, South Africa (August 2012), Honorary Citizenship and Goodwill Ambassador, USA,(2008), Order of the Pole Star, Mongolia (2006) and many others. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Receiving Highest Civilian Award, National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Paraguay, on September 13,2012
  • He has organized 52,466 hygiene, 27,427 medical, and 165,000 stress relief camps that have been provided benefit to 5.6 million people so far.
  • His organizations have electrified 760 villages with renewable energy in distant parts of India and helped to build 1,000 biogas plants, 1,200 bore-wells, 16,550 toilets and 3,819 homes in India.
  • IAHV has been provided trauma relief programs to 50,000 affected people and 4307 women have been provided vocational training in Iraq. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar In Iraq
  • Over 2.2 million farmers from 22 States in India have been provided natural farming practices by the leaders of his society.
  • His Sri Sri University in Odisha (established in 2009), won the Best Innovative University Award at the 2017 National Education Excellence Awards. Sri Sri University (Established- 2009, Bidyadharpur, Odisha)
  • In 2009, he was announced the 5th most powerful leader in India by the Forbes Magazine.
  • His famous literary works are Patanjali Yoga Sutras, God Loves Fun, Celebrating Silence, Ashtavakra Gita, An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker, and many others. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Famous Books
  • He spoke frankly about many aspects of his personality during his interview on the channel ‘Times Now.’