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Satyajit Ray
(Indian filmmaker)
Satyajit Ray
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Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 23, 1992

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, music composer, and writer. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray became the first Indian to be honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Apart from Indian filmmakers, international directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Christopher Nolan have been influenced by Satyajit Ray. 

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Sourav Ganguly
(Former Indian National Cricket Team Captain and 39th President of the 'BCCI')
Sourav Ganguly
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer

Considered India's most successful Test captain, legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly, nicknamed Maharaj, was also arguably one of the best one-day batsmen of his time. Also known as the God of the Off Side, he now heads the BCCI as its president. He was initially also a talented footballer.

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Shashi Kapoor
(Actor, Film director, Film producer)
Shashi Kapoor
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Birthdate: March 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Leander Paes
(One of the Greatest Doubles Players in Tennis History)
Leander Paes
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini

Leander Paes is an Indian tennis player who has the most doubles wins in the history of Davis Cup. With 10 mixed doubles and eight doubles Grand Slam titles under his belt, Paes is one of the most successful Indian tennis players of all time. Paes is the recipient of India's highest sporting honor, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

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Satyendra Nath Bose
(Indian Mathematician and Physicist, Best Known for His Work on Quantum Mechanics)
Satyendra Nath Bose
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 1, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: February 4, 1974

Best known for working with Albert Einstein to form Bose–Einstein statistics, Indian scientist Satyendra Nath Bose was a master of quantum mechanics. He played the esraj, loved poetry, and had mastered quite a few languages. The Padma Vibhushan winner was also made a Fellow of The Royal Society.

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Alka Yagnik
(Actor, Singer, Composer)
Alka Yagnik
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces

Alka Yagnik is an Indian playback singer. One of the most popular female playback singers in Bollywood, Yagnik has won a record seven Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards in an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. Alka Yagnik has also won other prestigious awards, such as Bollywood Movie Awards, Global Indian Film Awards, and Zee Cine Awards.

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Rahul Dev Burman
Rahul Dev Burman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 4, 1994

Rahul Dev Burman was an Indian music director. He is regarded as one of the greatest music composers in the history of Indian music. He is credited with composing songs that helped define the career of singers like Kishore Kumar. His works have inspired a generation of Indian music directors. 

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 28, 1972

Best known for conceptualizing the Mahalanobis distance, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was a renowned Padma Vibhushan-winning Indian statistician who played a major role in his country’s industrialization policies of the Second Five-Year Plan. He also taught at his alma, Presidency College, and was one of the founders of the Indian Statistical Institute.

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Syama Prasad Mookerjee
(Indian Politician)
Syama Prasad Mookerjee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 23, 1953
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Vikram Seth
(Writer)
Vikram Seth
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini

Vikram Seth is an Indian poet and novelist. He is credited with increasing the readership of the English language in India. A revered and celebrated writer, Vikram Seth has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Sahitya Academy Award, WH Smith Literary Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Crossword Book Award, Padma Shri, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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Vijay Mallya
(Entrepreneur, Politician)
Vijay Mallya
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Indian business magnate and ex-politician Vijay Mallya, known for his flamboyant lifestyle, has donned many hats, from running the largest alcohol company in India; to owning a cricket team and an F-1 team; to launching an airline. Following a financial fraud scandal, he is now facing extradition from the U.K.

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Julia Margaret Cameron
(Photographer)
Julia Margaret Cameron
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: June 11, 1815
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 26, 1879

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer best remembered for her close-up portraits of popular Victorian men. Widely regarded as one of the 19th century's most important portraitists, Cameron is credited with capturing the beauty and innocence of children, women, and men. Julia Margaret Cameron is also credited with popularizing the close-ups in photography.

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Amala Akkineni
(Leading Actress in the Tamil Film Industry in the Late 1980s & Wife of Telugu Actor Nagarjuna)
Amala Akkineni
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Birthdate: September 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo

Apart from being a fine actor, Amala Akkineni is also a talented Bharatnatyam dancer. A true animal lover, she has also co-established the NGO Blue Cross of Hyderabad. She gained recognition with her debut in Mythili Ennai Kaathali. She is now married to legendary actor Nagarjuna.

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William Makepeace Thackeray
(Author & Novelist)
William Makepeace Thackeray
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 18, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 24, 1863
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Mamata Banerjee
(Politician)
Mamata Banerjee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Jyoti Basu
(Indian politician)
Jyoti Basu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 17, 2010
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Bappi Lahiri
(Film director, Composer)
Bappi Lahiri
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Birthdate: November 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 16, 2022

Bappi Lahiri was an Indian singer and music composer. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian films. He achieved popularity in the 1980s and 1990s and was best known for his work in dance films like Dance Dance and Disco Dancer. 

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Vani Ganapathy
(Classical Dancer)
Vani Ganapathy
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Indian classical dancer Vani Ganapathy now owns a Bangalore-based dance school called Sanchari. She is also known as veteran actor Kamal Haasan’s first wife and appeared with Haasan in a dance sequence in the Tamil film Melnaattu Marumagal. She was also Haasan’s costume designer for a while.
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Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
(Indian Novelist & Poet Who is Considered as One of the Greatest Writers of Bengali Literature)
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 26, 1838
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 8, 1894

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was an Indian poet, novelist, and journalist. He is credited with composing India's national song, Vande Mataram, which personifies India as a mother goddess. The song played a major role in inspiring revolutionaries during India's struggle for independence. Dubbed Emperor of Literature, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay wrote 14 novels alongside several poems.

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Sahil Khan
(Actor)
Sahil Khan
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Birthdate: November 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Roopa Ganguly
(Actress)
Roopa Ganguly
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Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
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Adi Shankar
(Known for creating the Bootleg Universe, which consists of a series of short fan films)
Adi Shankar
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Birthdate: January 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Aditya Vikram Birla
(Business magnate)
Aditya Vikram Birla
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 1, 1995
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Swami Vivekananda
(Indian Monk & Philosopher Who Introduced the Vedanta and Yoga to the Western World)
Swami Vivekananda
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Birthdate: January 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 4, 1902

The founder of the Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math, Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, philosopher, and spiritual leader. He is credited with introducing the Indian philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the Western world. He is also credited with elevating the status of Hinduism as a major religion in the modern world by raising interfaith awareness.

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Pritam
(Indian Composer and Playback Singer Known for Blending Indian Classical Music with Western Style)
Pritam
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini

Known for blending Indian classical music with contemporary undertones, Indian music director, composer, and record producer, Pritam Chakraborty is also a well-known singer and instrumentalist.  Beginning his career with ad jingles, he later partnered with Jeet Ganguly to compose music for Hindi films before going solo. He has won numerous awards for his work, concurrently helping budding musicians through his organization JAM8.

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Prannoy Roy
(Journalist)
Prannoy Roy
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Birthdate: October 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra

Apart from being a legendary journalist, Prannoy Roy is also a psephologist, a chartered accountant, and an economist. Initially known as the anchor of The World This Week, he later co-established NDTV. Known for his extensive reports on political issues, he has won awards such as the Leverhulme Trust (UK) Fellowship.

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Asima Chatterjee
(Chemist)
Asima Chatterjee
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 22, 2006
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Manna Dey
(Indian Playback Singer and Musician)
Manna Dey
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 24, 2013

Manna Dey was a classical Indian vocalist, playback singer, musician, and music director. He is regarded as one of the most celebrated vocalists of the Hindi film industry. In a rich and extensive career spanning seven decades, he recorded more than 4,000 songs. He was honored with numerous prestigious awards, including the Padma Vibhusan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. 

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Mehr Jesia
(Model, Beauty pageant contestant)
Mehr Jesia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Chittaranjan Das
(Leader of the Swaraj Party in Bengal Under British Rule)
Chittaranjan Das
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 5, 1870
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 16, 1925
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Mohammad Hamid Ansari
(Diplomat)
Mohammad Hamid Ansari
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
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Mithun Chakraborty
(actor, politician)
Mithun Chakraborty
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Uttam Kumar
(Indian Actor Who Predominantly Worked In Bengali Cinema)
Uttam Kumar
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Birthdate: September 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 24, 1980

Known to Bengali audiences as Mahanayak, legendary actor Uttam Kumar ruled the Bengali film industry in the 1950s and the 1960s with superhits such as Harano Sur and Saptapadi. Loved for his on-screen chemistry with Suchitra Sen, he later died of a heart attack while shooting for Ogo Bodhu Shundori.

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Debendranath Tagore
(Philosopher)
Debendranath Tagore
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Birthdate: May 15, 1817
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 19, 1905
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Margaret Murray
(Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Egyptologist)
Margaret Murray
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Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 13, 1963

British Egyptologist and anthropologist Margaret Murray was also a scholar of witchcraft. Her best-known work is her 1921 book The Witch Cult in Western Europe, which inspired later witchcraft scholars such as Gerald B. Gardner. The University College London professor had worked in places such as Egypt, Malta, and Petra.

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Rimi Sen
(Actor)
Rimi Sen
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Birthdate: September 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Arundhati Bhattacharya
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 18, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Ayan Mukerji
(film director)
Ayan Mukerji
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Birthdate: August 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
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Surendranath Banerjee
(Politician)
Surendranath Banerjee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 10, 1848
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 6, 1925
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Rituparno Ghosh
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Rituparno Ghosh
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Birthdate: August 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 30, 2013
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Hrishikesh Mukherjee
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor)
Hrishikesh Mukherjee
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Birthdate: September 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 27, 2006
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Amitav Ghosh
(Indian Writer Who Has Written Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction Works)
Amitav Ghosh
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jnanpith- and Padma Shri-winning author Amitav Ghosh is best known for his iconic bestselling books such as The Calcutta Chromosome and The Hungry Tide. Initially employed with the Indian Express, he later also wrote for publications such as The New Yorker. He is also a regular at international film festivals.

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Prosenjit Chatterjee
(Actor)
Prosenjit Chatterjee
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Birthdate: September 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Reema Sen
(Actress)
Reema Sen
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Birthdate: October 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Tillotama Shome
(Actress)
Tillotama Shome
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Birthdate: June 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Keshab Chunder Sen
(Indian Philosopher and Social Reformer Known for Incorporating Christian Theology in Hindu Framework)
Keshab Chunder Sen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 19, 1838
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 8, 1884

Keshab Chunder Sen was an Indian social reformer and philosopher. Although he was born a Hindu, Sen thought highly of Christian theology and wanted to incorporate the theology of Christian practice into the framework of Hindu thought. By the use of Christian missionary methods, Keshab Chunder Sen effected several social reforms in India.

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Paoli Dam
(Actress)
Paoli Dam
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Birthdate: October 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
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Mike Hoare
(Former Irish mercenary soldier who operated during the Simba rebellion, and attempted to conduct a coup d'├ętat in the Seychelles)
Mike Hoare
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 2, 2020
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Sri Aurobindo
(Philosopher, Spiritual Leader)
Sri Aurobindo
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Birthdate: August 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 5, 1950

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, poet, yogi, teacher, and nationalist. He was one of the most influential leaders of the Indian independence movement before becoming a spiritual reformer, focusing on spiritual evolution and human progress. He is credited with founding the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which continues to serve spiritual aspirants from all over the world.

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Mark Tully
(Journalist)
Mark Tully
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Birthdate: October 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio