Born in Calcutta, the indomitable spirit of Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and also awoke in his fellow Indians a renewed sense of pride and self-belief. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …,” in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
Born in Mumbai, he is the biggest Indian name in the orchestra world. He is currently the music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the main Conductor for Valencia’s Opera House. He has received countless awards like the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Wolf Prize in Arts and the Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance Award of the United Nations to name a few.
Born in Gorakhpur, he was a popular spiritual teacher, Indian yogi, and guru who introduced millions of Indians and westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organization Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and Self-Realization Fellowship. His book, Autobiography of a Yogi remains a spiritual masterpiece and was included in the 100 best spiritual books of the 21st century. Yogananda was a disciple of Sri Yukteswar and was responsible for the early spread of Hindu yoga in the US.
Sri Chinmoy (Chinmoy Kumar Ghose)
Born in Chittagong District of East Bengal (now Bangladesh), he was was an Indian spiritual leader who taught meditation in the West after moving to the New York City in 1964. He established meditation centers around the world which had 7,000 students in 60 countries and also created the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.
Born in Calcutta, he was an Author, film director, producer, illustrator and film critic famous for his Apu Trilogy, Apur Sansar, Pather Panchali and Aparajito amongst many of his works. Ray received many major awards in his career, including 32 Indian National Film Awards, a Golden Lion, a Golden Bear, 2 Silver Bears, a number of additional awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies, and an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. The Government of India honored him with the Bharat Ratna, its highest civilian award, in 1992.
Male beauty pageant winners
Aryan Vaid (Winner in 2000) and Raghu Mukherjee (Winner in 2002) have both been winners of the coveted Mr. International title.
Rohit Khandelwal won the Mr India title in 2015 after which he became the first ever Asian to be crowned Mister World in 2016.
The Great Gama
Ghulam Mohammad Baksh born in Amritsar was awarded the Indian version of the World Heavyweight Championship on 15 October 1910. He remained undefeated in a career spanning more than 50 years and is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
Born in Allahabad as Inquilaab Srivastava, Amitabh was dubbed India’s “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, or Big B, he is considered as the most influential Indian actor of all time, becoming the dominant personality of Indian film during the 1970s and 80s. He has received numerous awards and a record 39 nominations for Filmfare awards. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts. The Government of France honored him with its highest civilian honor, Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
Born in Karnal, Haryana she was a highly prolific NASA astronaut was a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997. She received many accolades such as the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Congressional Space Medal of Honor, and NASA Space Flight Medal. She tragically lost her life in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
Born in Chandigarh, he is famous for founding the Hotmail, which was the world’s first-ever free web-based email service. MIT chose him as one of 100 young innovators who is expected to have the greatest impact on technology and awarded him the ‘TR100′. He sold Hotmail for a whopping US$400 million to Microsoft.
Born in Calcutta, he was a Bengali polymath who significantly helped to reshape Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with a hint of Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the famous Gitanjali he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India’s Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh’s Amar Shonar Bangla. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work. He also founded the Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan.
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
Born in Madras, he was an Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962) and the second President of India from 1962 to 1967. He was the foremost philosopher of modern Indian thought wherein he grounded India’s beliefs in Advaita Vedanta, reinterpreting this tradition for a contemporary understanding. He defended Hinduism against “uninformed Western criticism” and earned a reputation as a bridge-builder between India and the West. Radhakrishnan was awarded a knighthood in 1931, the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in India, in 1954, and honorary membership of the British Royal Order of Merit in 1963. Radhakrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country” and since 1962, his birthday is being celebrated in India as Teachers’ Day on 5 September.