January 6, 1966 Allah-Rakha Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist.Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time, his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards [...]
April 24, 1973 Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian former cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of the modern generation, popularly holds the title “God of Cricket” among his fans He is also acknowledged as the greatest cricketer of all time. He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut against Pakistan at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years. He is the [...]
2 September 1950 Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is a London-based Indian steel magnate. He is the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world s largest steelmaking company. Mittal owns 41 percent of ArcelorMittal and holds a 34 percent stake in the Queens Park Rangers F.C. football team. In 2007, Mittal was the richest man of Asian descent in the United Kingdom. Despite being the eighth wealthiest man in Britain in 2002, he does not hold British citizenship. He was ranked the sixth [...]
December 28, 1932 – July 6, 2002 Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani,better known as Dhirubhai Ambani, was an Indian business tycoon who founded Reliance Industries in Mumbai with his cousin. He figured in The Sunday Times list of top 50 businessmen in Asia.Ambani took Reliance Industries public in 1977, and by 2007 the combined fortune of the family was $60 billion, making the Ambanis the second richest family in the world. Ambani died on 6 July 2002.
June 15, 1937 Kisan Baburao “Anna” Hazare is an Indian social activist who led movements to promote rural development, increase government transparency, and investigate and punish official corruption. In addition to organising and encouraging grassroots movements, Hazare frequently conducted hunger strikes to further his causes-a tactic reminiscent, to many, of the work of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Hazare also contributed to the development and structuring of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. He was awarded [...]
October 31, 1875 – December 15, 1950 Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. He was a social leader who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often addressed as Sardar, which means Chief in Hindi, Urdu and Persian. [...]
23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920 Bal Gangadhar Tilak was an Indian nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer and an independence activist. He was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The British colonial authorities called him “Father of the Indian unrest.” He was also conferred with the honorary title of “Lokmanya”, which literally means “Accepted by the people (as their leader) Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of “Swaraj” and a strong radical [...]
January 28, 1865 – November 17, 1928 Lala Lajpat Rai,was an Indian author and politician who is chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for independence from the British Raj. He was popularly known as Punjab Kesari meaning The Lion of Punjab also known as “Sher-E- Punjab” in Hindi. He was part of the Lal Bal Pal trio.He was also associated with activities of Punjab National Bank and Lakshmi Insurance Company in their early stages. He sustained serious [...]
24 November 1961 Suzanna Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and political activist who is best known for the 1998 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winning novel The God of Small Things (1997) and for her involvement in environmental and human rights causes. Roy’s novel became the biggest-selling book by a nonexpatriate Indian author.
27 June 1838 – 8 April 1894 Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay was a Bengali writer, poet and journalist.He was the composer of India’s national song Vande Mataram, originally a Bengali and Sanskrit stotra personifying India as a mother goddess and inspiring the activists during the Indian Freedom Movement. Bankim Chandra wrote 13 novels and several ‘serious, serio-comic, satirical, scientific and critical treaties’ in Bengali. His works were widely translated into other regional languages of India as well as in English. Bankim [...]