Famous Indian Educators

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(2nd President of India (1962 – 1967), 1st Vice President of India (1952 - 1962))

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
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Birthdate: September 5, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thiruttani, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: April 17, 1975

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India and served from 1962 to 1967. He is regarded as one of India’s most eminent scholars and wrote extensively on Indian philosophy and religion. Lifelong he defended Hindu traditions and culture against criticism from the West. September 5, his birthday, is observed as Teachers Day in India, in his honour.

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Savitribai Phule
(Social Reformer, Poet)

Savitribai Phule
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Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naigaon, British India (now in Satara district, Maharashtra)
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

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Anand Kumar
(Teacher)

Anand Kumar
11
Birthdate: January 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India

Anand Kumar is an Indian educator who teaches mathematics. He is renowned for his educational program called Super 30, which selects 30 economically underprivileged candidates and trains them for IIT-JEE, potentially giving them an opportunity to get into the Indian Institutes of Technology. His life and career inspired the film Super 30, in which Anand Kumar's character was played by Hrithik Roshan.

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Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
(Indian Islamic Reformer and Educationist Who Founded the ‘Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College’, the First Muslim University in Southern Asia)

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
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Birthdate: October 17, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: March 27, 1898
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. He is accredited as the father of Two-Nation Theory and is regarded as the originator of Muslim nationalism in India. A proponent of freedom of speech and democratic ideals, he propelled social and educational reforms.

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Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
(Educator & Social Reformer He is Considered the "Father of Bengali prose")

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
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Birthdate: September 26, 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birsingha, West Bengal, India
Died: July 29, 1891

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was an Indian social reformer and educator. He is best remembered for his efforts to modernize and simplify Bengali prose for which he is widely regarded as the father of Bengali prose. As a social reformer, Vidyasagar played a crucial role in enacting the Hindu Widows' Remarriage Act, which legalized the remarriage of Hindu widows in India. 

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Abhijit Banerjee
(Economist)

Abhijit Banerjee
4
Birthdate: February 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Born to economics professor parents, Abhijit Banerjee grew up in India before he moved to the U.S. to study at Harvard. He later taught at Harvard and Princeton and is now associated with MIT. His studies on the ways of reducing world poverty won him a Nobel Prize.

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Jaggi Vasudev
(Yoga Guru)

Jaggi Vasudev
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Birthdate: September 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mysore, Karnataka, India

The recipient of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of India, Jaggi Vasudev is a mystic, yogi, and author.  His spiritual program called inner engineering is famous all over the world, particularly in the Western world. Popularly known as Sadhguru, Jaggi Vasudev's yoga programs, environmental initiatives, and educational and social initiatives have earned him celebrity status in India.

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Madan Mohan Malaviya
(Politician & Educationist)

Madan Mohan Malaviya
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Birthdate: December 25, 1861
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allahabad, India
Died: November 12, 1946

Madan Mohan Malaviya was an Indian educational reformer and politician. He is best remembered for playing an important role in India's freedom struggle. He served as the president of the Indian National Congress on three occasions and founded a political party named Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. He also co-founded Central Hindu College and worked towards promoting modern education in India.

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Mahasweta Devi
(Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer)

Mahasweta Devi
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dhaka
Died: July 28, 2016

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning Indian author Mahasweta Devi is regarded as a gem of the Bengali literary world. She had also been a left-wing social activist, and her works such as Hajar Churashir Maa and Rudali have either tribals or people from the marginalized communities as their protagonists.

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Sudha Murty
(Author)

Sudha Murty
11
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shiggaon, Haveri, Karnataka, India

Known for her humility and simplicity, Indian philanthropist and author Sudha Murty had humble beginnings as a TELCO engineer. She is married to Infosys co-founder Narayan Murty and heads the Infosys Foundation. The Padma Shri winner has penned over 200 titles, such as Dollar Bahu, in both Kannada and English.

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Aruna Asaf Ali
(Indian Independence Activist, Educator)

Aruna Asaf Ali
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Birthdate: July 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kalka, Punjab, India
Died: July 29, 1996

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Dhondo Keshav Karve
(Social Reformer and Educator)

Dhondo Keshav Karve
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Birthdate: April 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ratnagiri
Died: November 9, 1962

Dhondo Keshav Karve was an Indian social reformer who worked for women's welfare in India. A pioneer in supporting widows' education, Karve also promoted widow remarriage. He also walked the talk by marrying a widow. Karve is credited with founding SNDT Women's University, India's first women's university. In 1958, he was honored with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.

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Mohan Agashe
(Psychiatrist)

Mohan Agashe
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bhor, India

Mohan Agashe is an Indian actor and psychiatrist. Best known for his work in the fields of psychopharmacology and clinical psychology, Agashe played a major role in founding the Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health. As an actor, Mohan Agashe has won many prestigious awards, such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Thespo Lifetime Achievement Award, and Filmfare Best Villain Award.

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Salman Khurshid
(Politician)

Salman Khurshid
3
Birthdate: January 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Salman Khurshid is an Indian politician, author, senior advocate, and law teacher. From 2012 to 2014, Khurshid served as the Minister of External Affairs under the prime ministership of Manmohan Singh. Also a humanitaraian, Salman Khurshid runs his maternal grandfather,Zakir Hussain's Memorial Trust, which aims at helping physically challenged people.

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Annapurna Devi
(Musician)

Annapurna Devi
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Birthdate: April 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maihar, Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: October 13, 2018

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Inayat Khan
(Former Musicologist)

Inayat Khan
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Birthdate: July 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vadodara,India
Died: February 5, 1927

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Mrs YGP
(Journalist)

Mrs YGP
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Birthdate: November 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: August 6, 2019

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Yash Pal
(Scientist)

Yash Pal
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Birthdate: November 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Punjab, Pakistan
Died: July 24, 2017

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Bharati Mukherjee
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Birthdate: July 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: January 28, 2017

Bharati Mukherjee was a writer who also taught at the University of California, Berkeley as a professor emerita in the English department. The author of several short story collections and novels, Bharati Mukherjee was honored with many prestigious awards, such as the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1988.

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Ebrahim Alkazi
(Theatre Director)

Ebrahim Alkazi
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune, India
Died: August 4, 2020

Ebrahim Alkazi was an Indian drama teacher and theatre director. Alkazi is credited with directing more than 50 plays, including popular productions like Tughlaq, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, and Andha Yug. A noted art collector, Alkazi is also credited with founding the Art Heritage Gallery. In 2010, Ebrahim Alkazi was honored with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award.

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Qurratulain Hyder
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Birthdate: January 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aligarh, India
Died: August 21, 2007

Known for her iconic works such as Aag Ka Darya, Qurratulain Hyder revolutionized Urdu literature. Born to writer parents in British India, she later moved to Pakistan and then to England, where she was employed with BBC. She later moved back to India and won numerous awards such as the Jnanpith Award.

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K. M. Panikkar
(Diplomat)

K. M. Panikkar
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Birthdate: June 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Travancore, India
Died: December 10, 1963

Born in British India, K. M. Panikkar was educated at Oxford. Apart from teaching at the University of Calcutta and the Aligarh Muslim University, he also worked with Hindustan Times as a journalist. A diplomat in his later life, he had also been an ambassador to China, France, and Egypt.

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Mani Kaul
(Film Director)

Mani Kaul
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Birthdate: December 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jodhpur, India
Died: July 6, 2011

Mani Kaul was an Indian film director best remembered for his work in Indian parallel cinema. During his illustrious career, Kaul won two National Film Awards in 1974 and 1989 for Best Direction and Best Documentary Film respectively. He also won the prestigious Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie on four occasions.

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Geeta Iyengar
(Former yoga teacher credited with advancing yoga for women)

Geeta Iyengar
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Birthdate: December 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: India
Died: December 16, 2018

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Vilayat Inayat Khan
(Founder of the Abode of the Message)

Vilayat Inayat Khan
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Birthdate: June 19, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 17, 2004

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Rupa Goswami
(Teacher)

Rupa Goswami
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Birthdate: 1493 AD
Birthplace: Jessore District, Bangladesh
Died: 1564 AD

Along with his brother Sanatana Goswami, Rupa Goswami had arrived in Vrindavan as a servant of spiritual leader Lord Chaitanya, who is considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna. A Gaudiya Vaishnava philosopher, he wrote on the science of rasa-tattva. His followers are known as Rupanugas.

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K. S. Chandrasekharan
(Mathematician)

K. S. Chandrasekharan
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Birthdate: November 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: April 13, 2017

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Swami Sivananda
(Spiritual & Yoga Teacher)

Swami Sivananda
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Birthdate: September 8, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: July 14, 1963

Swami Sivananda was an Indian yoga guru and spiritual teacher. Sivananda was working as a physician before embracing monasticism. He is credited with founding a spiritual organization called the Divine Life Society (DLS) which currently has branches around the world. His disciple Vishnudevananda popularized a spiritual yoga system which is named after Swami Sivananda.

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Akhlaq Mohammed Khan
(Lyricist, Poet)

Akhlaq Mohammed Khan
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Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aonla, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: February 13, 2012

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Akhilesh Das
(Politician)

Akhilesh Das
2
Birthdate: March 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 12, 2017

The son of former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in India, Akhilesh Das was not just a qualified lawyer but also boasted of a PhD in management. A talented badminton player, he had also headed the Badminton Association of India. He had also represented the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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Śāntirakṣita
(Philosopher)

Śāntirakṣita
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Birthdate: 0725 AD
Birthplace: Rewalsar, India
Died: 0788 AD

Śāntaraksita was an Indian Buddhist philosopher of the Madhyamaka School. An influential and important philosopher, Śāntaraksita is credited with founding Tibet's first Buddhist monastery, Samye. Śāntaraksita influenced several generations of philosophers; among his notable students were Dharmamitra, Haribhadra, and Kamalaśīla.

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Surendranath Dasgupta
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Birthdate: 0725 AD, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kushtia, Nadia, Bengal, British India
Died: December 18, 1952

Surendranath Dasgupta was an Indian scholar, teacher, and writer. An influential scholar, Dasgupta is best remembered for his book A History of Indian Philosophy, which is among his most-read works. He also served as a professor in popular institutions like Chittagong College and Presidency College.

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Abdul Bari
(Educator, Social reformer)

Abdul Bari
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Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Kansua, Bihar, India
Died: March 28, 1947

Indian academic and labor leader Abdul Bari is remembered for his involvement in the freedom struggle, his historic deal with the Tatas, and his efforts to curb slavery and other social ills. He was shot dead while on his way home while serving as the Bihar Provincial Congress Committee president.

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V. S. Srinivasa Sastri
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Birthdate: September 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valangaiman, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: April 17, 1946

Known for his mastery over English, Indian orator V. S. Srinivasa Sastri was also a noted independence activist, politician and writer.  A close follower of Gopal Krishna Gokhale and a friend of Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi, he took part in various international delegations and was seen as too sympathetic to British rule in India by many nationalistic leaders, including Jawaharlal Nehru.  

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Moggaliputta-Tissa
(Buddhist monk)

Moggaliputta-Tissa
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Birthdate: 0327 AD
Birthplace: Pataliputra, India
Died: 0247 AD

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Atīśa
(Religious reformer)

Atīśa
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Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Bikrampur, India
Died: 1054 AD

Atiśa was a religious leader and Buddhist master. He is best remembered for his association with the Vikramshila monastery in Bihar, India. Atiśa is credited with popularizing Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism in 11th-century Asia. In 2004, Atiśa was named in the greatest Bengalis of all time list by BBC.

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B. C. Sanyal
(Artist)

B. C. Sanyal
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Birthdate: April 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dhubri, India
Died: August 9, 2003

B. C. Sanyal was an Indian sculptor, painter, and art teacher. Widely regarded as the master of modernism in Indian art, Sanyal inspired three generations of artists. In 1980, Sanyal was awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship, India's highest honor in visual arts. In 1984, he was honored with India's third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan.

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Raghavan N. Iyer
(Philosopher)

Raghavan N. Iyer
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Birthdate: March 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madras, India
Died: June 20, 1995

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Rama Tirtha
(Teacher)

Rama Tirtha
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Birthdate: October 22, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Village Muraliwala, British India
Died: October 17, 1906

Rama Tirtha, also known as Ram Soami, was a 20th-century religious leader who propagated the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. Initially a math professor, he developed an interest in Advaita Vedanta after meeting Indian monk Swami Vivekananda. He eventually left his family to turn into an ascetic and later drowned in the Ganges.

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Vajrabodhi
(Missionary)

Vajrabodhi
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Birthdate: 0671 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 0741 AD

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Asaṅga
(Scholar)

Asaṅga
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Birthdate: 0300 AD
Birthplace: Peshawar, Pakistan
Died: 0370 AD

Fourth-century Buddhist philosopher Asaṅga is remembered for establishing the Yogācāra school of idealism. Though born to a high-caste Purusapura court priest, he himself turned to the Mahāyāna tradition of Buddhism and later contributed immensely to the Vijñānavāda, or the Doctrine of Consciousness. Mahāyāna-saṃgraha remains one of his best-known works.

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Shah Ismail Dehlvi
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Birthdate: April 26, 1779
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phulat, India
Died: May 6, 1831

Apart from being the grandson of famous Islamic scholar Shah Waliullah Dehlawi, Shah Ismail Dehlvi was also associated with the jihad of Syed Ahmad Barelvi. He was part of the Tariqah-i-Muhammadiyah, a movement, meant to cleanse Islam from Hindu practices, and was later killed in a battle with Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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Ram Gopal
(Choreographer)

Ram Gopal
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Birthdate: November 20, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bengaluru, India
Died: October 21, 2003

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Frederic Farrar
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Birthdate: August 7, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: March 22, 1903

Anglican cleric Frederic Farrar is best remembered for the tales of school life that he had penned in the novel Eric, or, Little by Little. As a philologist, he applied Charles Darwin’s theory to the evolution of languages. He had even been a pallbearer at Darwin’s funeral.

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Jitendra Nath Pande
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Birthdate: June 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shikohabad, India
Died: May 23, 2020

Jitendra Nath Pande was an Indian pulmonologist remembered for his association with the All India Institute of Medical Studies where he worked as a professor, apart from serving as the Head of Medicine. He was also associated with Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research where he worked as a senior consultant. Pande was awarded the Padma Shri in 2021.

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Mayadhar Raut
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Birthdate: July 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kantapenhara, India

Mayadhar Raut is an Indian dancer, choreographer, and teacher. An exponent of Odissi, Raut played a key role in giving the dance form its classical status. A revered teacher, Mayadhar Raut has taught at various institutions including Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. He has won many prestigious awards like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Padma Shri Award.

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John Mason
(Educationist)

John Mason
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Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Died: 1969 AD