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Rani Lakshmibai
(Queen of the Princely State of Jhansi & One of the Leading Figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857)
Rani Lakshmibai
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Birthdate: November 19, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 18, 1858

Remembered for her heroics against the British, the Indian Joan of Arc Rani Lakshmibai remains an icon of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. The wife of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, she is known for leading the fight against the British after her husband’s death. She also inspired the legendary lines Khoob Ladi Mardani.

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Ravi Shankar
(Musician, composer)
Ravi Shankar
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 11, 2012
Indian sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar is best remembered for his pathbreaking collaborations with George Harrison and Yehudi Menuhin. The five-time Grammy-winner was trained in the sitar by Allauddin Khan and toured all over the U.S. and Europe, infusing Carnatic elements into Western music. He had also composed for Satyajit Ray.
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Jaishankar Prasad
(Poet)
Jaishankar Prasad
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 30, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 14, 1937

Jaishankar Prasad was an Indian poet and an important figure in modern Hindi theatre and Hindi literature. Along with Mahadevi Verma, Sumitranandan Pant, and Suryakant Tripathi, Prasad is counted among the Four Pillars of Romanticism in Hindi literature.

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Birju Maharaj
(Kathak Dancer)
Birju Maharaj
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 16, 2022

Birju Maharaj was an Indian dancer and singer. An exponent of the popular classical dance form Kathak, he was one of the most celebrated Kathak dancers ever. He won many prestigious awards like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Lata Mangeshkar Puraskar, and India's second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

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Kabir
(Saint and Mystic Poet)
Kabir
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Birthdate: 1440 AD
Died: 1518 AD

Kabir was an Indian saint and mystic poet whose works influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement, which in turn played a key role in the formation of Sikhism, the fifth-largest organized religion in the world. Kabir is an important figure in both Hinduism and Islam and his legacy continues to live through a religious community known as the Kabir panth.

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Bharatendu Harishchandra
(Indian Poet, Writer and Playwright)
Bharatendu Harishchandra
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 9, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 6, 1885

Bharatendu Harishchandra was a 19th-century Hindi writer and poet who is regarded as the father of Hindi literature as well as Hindi theater. He authored numerous dramas, travel accounts, and life sketches. He mainly wrote about the issues faced by Indians, such as poverty, exploitation, and class struggles. A nationalist, he urged Indians to prioritize Indian-made products. 

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Hemant Kumar
(Indian Music Director and Playback Singer)
Hemant Kumar
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 26, 1989
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Shivpal Singh
(Indian Javelin Thrower)
Shivpal Singh
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Palash Sen
(Indian Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Composer)
Palash Sen
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
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Ravidas
(Poet)
Ravidas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1377 AD
Died: 1520 AD

Ravidas was an Indian mystic, social reformer, poet-saint, and spiritual figure. An influential personality, Ravidas taught his followers to disregard social divisions of gender and caste that were prevalent in India at that time. The Ravidassia sect, a religious sect of Vaishnavism, is based on Ravidas' teachings. Ravidas is revered even today as a saint by his followers.

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Krishna Prasad Bhattarai
(Former Prime Minister of Nepal)
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 4, 2011

Krishna Prasad Bhattarai was a Nepalese political leader who was twice the prime minister of Nepal. He played a major role in transitioning Nepal from an absolute monarchy to a democratic multi-party system. Prior to becoming the prime minister, he was the officiating president of the Nepali Congress for nearly 26 years. He was known to be saintly and religious. 

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Narsingh Yadav
(Indian Freestyle Wrestler)
Narsingh Yadav
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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B. P. Koirala
(Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960)
B. P. Koirala
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 21, 1982

B. P. Koirala was a Nepalese political leader, revolutionary, and writer. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960. He also served as the Home Minister of Nepal in 1951. B. P. Koirala, who was an ardent advocate of democracy, is often counted among the greatest political figures of Nepal.

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Vallabhacharya
(Philosopher)
Vallabhacharya
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Birthdate: April 27, 1479
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 26, 1531
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Mohammed Shahid
(Indian Field Hockey Player)
Mohammed Shahid
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 20, 2016

Padma Shri- and Arjuna Award-winning hockey legend Mohammed Shahid is best known for being part of the squad that won a gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Known for his extraordinary dribbling skills, the Varanasi-born sports star had also won two Asian Games medals, including a silver.

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P.K. Sethi
(Surgeon)
P.K. Sethi
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 6, 2008

P. K. Sethi was an Indian orthopedic surgeon best remembered for co-inventing a flexible and inexpensive artificial limb called the Jaipur foot in 1969 alongside Ram Chandra Sharma. The artificial limb, which was popularized by Indian dancer Sudha Chandran, became immensely popular in India. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Sethi for his work that has helped several people.

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Parshvanatha
(Saint)
Parshvanatha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0872 BC
Died: 0772 BC