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international ambassador of classical Indian music

Ravi Shankar

a.k.a. Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury

a.k.a. Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury

a.k.a. Pandit Ravi Shankar

Earth-birth 07-Apr-1920

dematerialization 11-Dec-2012 (age 92)


internationally acclaimed master sitarist + dancer

 1920 - 2012 * Ravi Shankar * Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury

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Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities


Pashu * Pushana-vana *Antyabha

BPL commentary

For Revatika births of a masculine valence, the condition of conversational, discursive, explanatory, instructional, argumentative, commercializing, evangelical Kumara may considerably affect the outcome.

Pashu the Pastor is delicately attuned to the signals of the animal kingdom. Hearing [Budha] the voices of mineral, plant, animal, and human worlds, Antyabha-born often work for the welfare of all creatures. Many veterinarians and animal-welfare activists are Revatika-born. These way-showers are also found in all aspects of music and dancing, producing melodies, beats, and lyrics.

Whatever the Pashu folk say, others will follow and believe.

For those born into the Budha-ruled paradigm of Antyabha, siblings, cousins, schoolmates, bandmates, team-mates, entourage, ensemble, neighbors, managers, cohort, coterie, collaborative group, publishers, messengers, merchants, commercial agents, reporters, writers, scripts, plans, schedules, instructions, radio-television-internet, news-media, conferences, committees, discussions, travel itineraries, and texts -- and beasts of every description - may be especially influential.

Instructional guidance is provided by emissaries from the civilizations of stars clustered near Zeta Piscium. Their purpose is to shepherd the flocks in safe passage, calling them to follow with an imaginative, sweet sound and rhythm

The Way-Shower

Revatika expresses the natural tension between Busy Bantering Budha and Guiding Generous Guru. Commercially oriented Budha is a master of writing, reporting, cinema, and detailed communication. Kumara naturally matches the vibration of chatty students and a younger audience. Yet, Brihaspati much prefers to preach on broad-scope topics, ideology and inclusive doctrine.

Paushna-born often find themselves in shepherding roles that require delivering a message to their herd of followers. The usual delivery style is musical, oratorical, or imaginative, but any method of Showing the Way may be chosen. Pashu the Pastor combines a broad welcoming vision with a beckoning repeating signal frequency such as a slogan, a jingle, or a melody.

Themes of pastoral guidance, musical messaging, and benevolent outreach to all creatures may contextualize Revatika's terrestrial experience. Applies also to Chandra in Revatika-Pashu

QUOTATION from Shil-Ponde. (1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra . p 89

"... often distinguished by a birthmark on the thigh.

They usually have well formed and beautiful physiques

  • although not necessarily large or robust

They are fond of their family and friends

  • and very sociable and hospitable .

They may not be born to wealth

  • but they have the ability to accumulate the good things of life

  • through their own efforts and usually will.

They will know how to enjoy wisely and well the fruits of their endeavors.

These people are wise and intelligent

  • and make excellent counselors to those who are in trouble
  • or are in a dilemma over some problem of life."


My Sweet Lord 1943-2001 Beatle George Harrison with Pt. Ravi Shankar in younger days

Biographical events matched to the Vimshottari Dasha timeline


Raag Khamaj 1920-2012 sitarist Ravi Shankar * became a very high-visibilit, internationally recognized (10) icon of classical Indian music via his extraordinary musicianship (2) and his expansive teacher-philosopher approach [Guru] toward educating a western audience deeply unfamiliar with the instruments, the melodies, the scale, and the historic tradition. yuvati-pati-7 Guru in bhava-2 also brought him two marriages, delicious foods, and considerable wealth, albeit Brihaspati's kendra-adhipathi dosha does limit the scope of The financial wealth. Although he was granted with a magnificent wealth of traditional musical knowledge, Mr. Shankar's lifestyle was not materially opulent.

Shani mahadasha * age birth until age 17.3

07-Apr-1920 Earth-birth in Varanasi (Benares), West Bengal, India * Shani-Shani svabhukti

Budha Mahadasha * age 17.3 until age 34.3

15-May-1941 (RS age 21) exchange of vows in marriage-1 with Annapurna Devi, the daughter of RS' acclaimed master music teacher Allauddin Khan * Budha-Shukra bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Kanya-Meena * contact Meena indriya-lagna

30-Mar-1942 (RS age 21) celebrated the birth of child-1, son Shubendra Shankar * Budha-Shukra bhukti

1944 end of intensive classical music training with teacher Allauddin Khan * Shukra-Surya bhukti * Surya rogesha

1947 marital separation from Annapurna Devi also ends contact with moody, often violent, father-in-law Allauddin Khan * Budha-Rahu bhukti

1948 RS composes and plays of AIR the celebrated new raga Mohankauns on the somber occasion of the assassination of Satyagraha 1869-1948 Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi * Budha-Rahu bhukti

1949 begin position as music director of All India Radio (AIR) ( until 1956) * Budha-Guru bhukti * Guru karmesha

Ketu Mahadasha * age 34.3 until age 41.3

1956 begins international performance touring * Ketu-Shukra bhukti * Shukra music rules 3-tours

Shukra Mahadasha * age 41.3 until age 61.3

1966 RS first meeting in London with My Sweet Lord 1943-2001 Beatle George Harrison Despite RS being 22 years senior to GH and clearly RS the master musician, these two would become long-standing friends and collaborators * Shukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-9 activates 5- celebrity

1969 RS performs at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival, raising his visibility and associating him with western rock music * Shukra-Rahu bhukti

1971 famed charity Concert for Bangladesh featuring notable rock-and-roll figures such as Layla 1945- guitarist Eric Clapton establishing the cultural pattern of the large-scale benefit concert. Already world-renowned, RS' visibility is further raised before the young Anglosphere audience. * Shukra-Rahu bhukti

30-Mar-1979 (RS age 58) = child-2 Norah (Geetali) Jones * Shukra-Budha bhukti

09-Jun-1981 (RS age 61) = child-3 Anoushka Shankar * Shukra-Ketu chidra-dasha

Surya Mahadasha * age 61.3 until age 67.3

1982 composed and performed the celebrated musical score for (David Attenborough's) film Gandhi, earning an Oscar nomination * Surya-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-9 activates 5 = creativity, artistic performance, genius

Chandra Mahadasha * age 67.3 until age 77.3

1989 exchange of vows in marriage-2 with Soukanya Rajan * Chandra-Rahu bhukti

1992 decease of eldest child (son b. 1942) via pneumonia * Chandra-Shani bhukti

Mangala Mahadasha * age 77.3 until age 84.3

1999 awarded the top national honor title of Bharat Ratna * Mangala-Guru bhukti *Guru karmesha respect

Rahu Mahadasha age 84.3 until decease age 92

11-Dec-2012 decease (RS age 92) * Rahu-Budha bhukti * Budha maraka rules-7

Distinctive features of the nativity

Surya * pitri-karaka (father) * jyoti-karaka (light)

  • Revatika-Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator * brightly charismatic confidence of Center-stage Surya radiates through the expansively visionary rashi of Brihaspati
  • Surya in bhava-1 * center of identity * bright embodiment * intelligence for competition * focus on appearance * genius for innovative self-expression * athletic entitlements * eye on personality * sparkling center of body-based vitality * father may be an icon-competitor-inventor
  • Surya-yuti-Shukra [uchcha] * confidently harmonious, bright bargainer, creatively intelligent sister-figures, entitled to pleasures, radiantly diplomatic, self-reflexively attractive

Dad was a lawyer who handled contentious cases with charisma and skill Surya in bhava-1 rogesha.

After an early career and fathering a family in Bengal, Dad moved to London and remarried a British lady.

RS was born and raised in Varanasi, where the mother's brother provided paternal guidance. Dad met RS for the first time when RS was eight years old.

Chandra * matrikaraka (mother) * garha-karaka (village)

  • Chandra-Vṛścika [nīcha] * comforted by mystery * sensitive to trauma-healing * needs discovery
  • Chandra in Anuradha-Maitra * comforted by resistance to danger * protects against preventable damage * soothed by emergency regulations
  • Chandra in classroom-9 * draws comfort from paradigms of belief * emotionally attuned to sacred doctrine * accustomed to priesthood * maternal piety * soothed by globalist perspective * feels the pulse of preaching * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * needs a familiar catechism * protective patrons * habitually seeks guidance * settled into philosophical roles * undulating convictions * mother may be devout, philosophical, a disciple, a proselyte

Mom was devout and focused upon her large brood of musicians, dancers, and other talented performers. Despite nīcha status. Mom would have provided a nourishing environment that supported the genius (5) of her children. Chandra ia not only ruler of 5 residing in 5th-from-5th, but also both Chandra and Surya (mom and dad) accept the highly auspicious drishti of [uchcha] Guru-5.

Chandra in Anuradha-Maitra is a disciplined position for emotionally active, competitive Chandra-Vṛścika. It grants a relatively more conservative, law-abiding nature to both mother and son RS. Chandra in Anuradha-Maitra is particularly gifted in mitigating dangerous or threatening circumstances by imposing normal codes of behavior, to the point of lying and denial of facts.

[nīcha] Chandra in classroom-9 also accounts for the famously irascible, explosive temperament of master music teacher Allauddin Khan. Bhava-9 = guru figures.

RS was a romantic adventurer in many ways, due to the high permissiveness of [uchcha] Guru drishti into both Surya-1 and into Chandra-9. Yet, RS maintained a public image of respectable conformity to social norms. (Also Chandra-rules Śrāvaṇa Svamsha = attention to the public reputation.)

Kuja * bhratru-karaka (brother) * virya-karaka (virile)

  • Mangala-Tula * vigorous pursuit of alliance * penetrating advocacy * thrust toward union * proactive bargaining * military negotiations * push toward terms of agreement * aggressive deal-making *energetic arbitration * athletic balancing * champion of fair contracts
  • Mangala in bhava-8 [svabhava] drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * energetic transformations * urge to dig-drill -dive-excavate-plumb-explode-explore * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions * unexpected force * pushes through camouflage * mysterious conquests * pro-active rejuvenating surgeries
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * thrill of muscular action * competitive ambition * passion to win * fascinating physicality * compulsive drive toward heroic battle * dynamic desires * champion of culture-clash * forward thrust toward opportunity * forceful pursuit of privilege


Budha * jamayah-karaka (sibling) * sandeza-karaka (message) * zisya-karaka (student)

[Atmakaraka] manual skills, playing instruments, scripts, touch, touring, entourage, cohort

  • Budha-Kumbha * connecting communications * systematic pronouncements * articulation of social-scientific networks * descriptive inter-webbed definitions * diagrams the marketplace linkages *futuristic conversations * messages about communities * discusses economic transactions * explains social participation linkage * large-scale logic * skilled weaving * deft knitting * hands-arms-shoulders make connective gestures, distributive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-12 * narrative of sanctuary * talks about quietude * commerce of the hermitage * discusses interior spiritual guidance * speaks from invisible location * instructions on reflective contemplation * detailed descriptions of intimate privacy * diagrams the astral inner terrain * explainer of quiet prayer * imaginative siblings * communication with distant worlds * delivers information about clairsentience * skillfully defines the dreamworld * logical visions


Guru * dhava-karaka (husband) * bahuta-karaka (variety)


[lagnesha for Meena-Antya indriya-lagna]

multiple intuitive intelligences * growth of clairsentient guidance  * dramatic display of dreamlike genius

  • Guru-Karkata * big shelters * various caretakers * many provisions * benevolent routines * believes in defense * permission to protect * expansive patriotism * broad understanding of local cultures * develops gardens * prosperous settlements * multiple dwellings * many patronizing parent-figures
  • Guru in bhava-5 * much creativity * many intelligences * many entitlements * numerous games * diverse entertainments * many romances * extensive self-glorification * children identified with paradigmatic beliefs * expansion of political display * development of drama * optimistic in speculations * patron of creative performance * in a wifely nativity, husbandly-companion may be a game-player

Shukra * svadu-karaka (sweet) * kalatra-karaka (wifely companion)

[Malavya Yoga]

  • Shukra-Meena [uchcha] * appreciation of music, likes imagery, attracted to spiritual equity, intuitively artistic, pleasures of imagination, enjoys symbolic clairsentience, dreamlike arrangements
  • Shukra-1 * seeks pleasure via handsome embodiment * enjoys the company of women * graciously attractive appearance * active style of balancing * pursues adjustable arrangements * appreciation of muscular vitality * pleasing designs to adorn the head * aesthetic of new life * physical exercise to balance the brain * identified with brokerage * seeks the sweet midpoint of dynamic negotiations * energetic pursuit of equity * identified with acts of diplomacy * bargains vigorously for fair exchange * in a husbandly nativity, wifely-companion may be an athlete-innovator-pioneer
  • Shukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama * appreciation for political display * pleasantly charming * self-focused diplomacy * radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining * sweet entitlements * negotiating father-figure * self-directed arrangements * focus on trade exchange * solipsistic romance * idealistic contracts * enjoys the game of deal-making * prefers self-confident partners

Shani * duro-karaka (endurance) * jara-karaka (years)

[Vimala Yoga]

  • Shani-Simbha (challenging placement) * heavy old legacy drama * must accept center-stage pressures * structural compression upon heart-spine * conventional limits upon creative self-expression * tightly governed speculation * social restrictions upon personal genius *must be responsible in romance * no time for frivolous drama * fearful in games * time-conscious children * resents royal entitlements * proletarian entertainments * restricted intelligence * slow, elderly politicians * restrained entitlement * obligatory ceremonies * scarcity of amusements * maintainer of old sovereignties
  • Shani in Bhava-6 (beneficial placement) * intrepid assistance * steady time-structured resistance to enemies * must serve the chronic victims * outlasts the adversaries * survives military siege * tense digestion * relentless criticism * constitutional illness-injury * tolerance for servitude * aging physicians * enduring diseases * service fatigue * helper's burnout * prevents innovative treatments * blocks new medications * professional social workers * patiently aids the disadvantaged * dutiful healthworker * accepts the rules of medical institutions * lawfully supports the sick * reliable herbalist * conventional pharmacist * protocols for problematizing * realistic about addiction * accepts abuse * neutral to crime * military discipline * governs the poor * regulates debt * legislates loans * respected elder of an oppressed people

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka (ambition) * picchala-karaka (slippery)

  • Rahu-Tula * shimmering illusion of balance * craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts * over-reaching advocacy * outsider who cleverly insinuates into trusted counseling roles * sweetly unconventional adjudication * exceptional accommodation * mixed-measure balance * extravagant brokerage * mirage of suave deal-making * extraordinary terms of mutual agreement * gracious non-customary alliances * ambitious diplomacy * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) equity-assured negotiation * seeks privilege via adviser-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-8 * passion for mystery * in svabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous veiling * surreptitious recycling * exciting rebirth * fascinating self-reinvention * surgical rejuvenation * outsider who cleverly insinuates into revelatory roles * desires an important role in trauma-healing * fabulous transformations * reveals occult truths * shocking discovery of confidential information * mixed-culture revolutionary * finds opportunity in catastrophe * magical masquerade * poses as a secretary (secret-keeper) of a powerful entity * risk-rewarding in-laws * irregular inheritance * unusual alimonies * boundary-breeching disclosure * camouflage of undisclosed assets * stimulated by dangerous emergencies * may appear as a tantric initiator * alluring identity changes * pursues social mobility via hidden empowerments
  • Rahu-yuti-Mangala * amplified competition * magnified championship * exotic pursuits * tricky innovation * opportunistic brother-warriors * fascinating (but perhaps illusory) appearance of dynamic energy * hypnotic attack * passion for engines * craves hot movement * invasive force of cross-cultural mixing

Ketu * * kavandha-karaka (headless) * chidra-karaka (gaping) * vasana-karaka (vacuum)

  • Ketu-Mesha * physically dissociates from competitive dominance * incomplete nobility * eccentric innovations * unconventional athletics * heroic push forward into nothingness * dissolute conquest * not limited by blood or birth * ignores restrictions on kinetic movement * releases a blood-red cloud of dynamic energy into the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-2 * surrenders preserved values * eccentric voice * odd face * disperses family affluence * disregards conventional limits on sound-music-language * disinterested in genetic lineage * surrenders the hoard * odd food * peculiar precious goods * abdicates banker-conserver-collector roles * dissolves libraries * devalues treasuries * unless other graha in 2, may prefer to live free from historic traditions

together in Dec-1974 at a White House performance

  1. POTUS-38 Time to Heal 1913-2006 Gerald R. Ford (then a Congressmember)

  2. My Sweet Lord 1943-2001 Beatle George Harrison

  3. Raag Khamaj 1920-2012 sitarist Ravi Shankar


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