H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

  • 2007
  • Chief Guest

Born: May 13, 1956

Born in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu to a businessman in the automobile industry. His father delegated him to the care of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi as a disciple.

Established the International Art of Living Foundation in 1982 which aims to relieve stress at an individual level, and to relieve disease and violence at a societal level. It works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Exponent of "Sudarshana Kriya", a rhythmic breathing exercise.

The Art of Living offered courses in stress reduction after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York city. Also in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan wars and to the tsunami and hurricane Katrina victims.

In 1997, founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to foster on a global scale a "deeper understanding of the values that unite us as a human community."