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Ravi Shankar

a.k.a. Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury

a.k.a. Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury

a.k.a. Pandit Ravi Shankar

Earthbody-Entry 07-Apr-1920

Earthbody-Exit 11-Dec-2012 (age 92)


internationally acclaimed master sitarist, dancer * 1920 - 2012 * Ravi Shankar * Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Rising Nakshatra

Masculine Nativities

Revatika * Pashu

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, and He often works for the betterment 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. yuvatipathi-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. Whilst 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 swabhukti

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-Zukra bhukti * samchara Rahu-Ketu via Kanya-Meena * contact Meena radical lagna

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

1944 end of intensive classical music training with teacher Allauddin Khan * Zukra-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-Zukra bhukti * Zukra music rules 3-tours

Zukra 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 * Zukra-Chandra bhukti * Chandra-9 rules 5- celebrity

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

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

09-Jun-1981 (RS age 61) = child-3 Anoushka Shankar * Zukra-Ketu chidradasha

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 rules 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 * pitrikaraka * jyotikaraka

  • Surya-Meena * Bhaskara * the illuminator
  • Surya in bhava-1 * center of identity, bright embodiment, intelligence for competition, focus on appearance, athletic entitlements * father-figure plays self-directed, champion roles * eye on personality *sparkling center of the vitality-drama
  • Surya-yuti-Zukra-uttama * 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 * garha-karaka

  • Chandra-Vrizchika * nichha * comforted by rhythmic penetration of mystery
  • Chandra in Anuradha * comforted by resistance to danger * protectors against preventable damage, guardians of customary weapons, defensive invasions, regulated explosions
  • Chandra in classroom-9 * comfort in the paradigm of belief * familiar with doctrine * accustomed to routine patronage * soothed by globalist perspective * needs to feel the repeating pulse of preaching sermons * calmed by a broad worldview * acculturated to principled understanding * emotionally sensitive father-figures * habitually seeks guidance * settled into the rhythm of philosophical humanism * undulating convictions

Mom was devout and focused upon her large brood of musicians, dancers, and other talented performers. Despite nichha 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 uttama-Guru-5.

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

nichha - 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 uttama-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 Sravana swamsha = attention to the public reputation.)

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

  • Mangala-Thula * vigorous pursuit of alliance * creatively moving advocacy * thrust toward union * proactive bargaining * military negotiations * push toward terms of agreement * aggressive deal-making * energized mediation * champion of fair contracts
  • Mangala in bhava-8 * drive toward discovery * pursuit of rebirth * revolutionary dynamics * aggressive approach to emergency events * invasive transformations * vigorous revelations * explosive eruptions of unexpected force * pushes into hidden environments * energized mysterious conquests * pro-active surgeries
  • Kuja-yuti-Rahu * thrill of muscular action, excited competition, thrill of muscular action * excited competition * energized pretense * dynamic desires * masculine force joins opportunistic ambition * potential for aggressive pursuit of privileges , potential for aggressive pursuit of privileges

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

  • 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 large-scale social participation linkage * hands-arms-shoulders send distributive-associative gestures, distributive gestures
  • Budha in bhava-12 * narrative of sanctuary, hermitage, quietude, interior spiritual guidance * describe reflective contemplation, discusses the astral inner terrain, explainer of private prayer, delivers instructions for communication with distant worlds, talks about clairsentience, dreams, and visions

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka


  • Guru-Karkata * uttama * much shelter, many caretakers, believes in ancestral ways and rhythms, doctrine of ancient ways, expansive security, expands the scope of the local settlement, develops farms and gardens, multiple dwellings, many parent-figures
  • Guru in bhava-5 * much creativity * many intelligences * many entitlements * numerous games + 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

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Malavaya Yoga

  • Zukra-Meena * uttama * appreciation of music, likes imagery, attracted to spiritual equity, intuitively artistic, pleasures of imagination, enjoys symbolic clairsentience, dreamlike arrangements
  • Zukra-1 * pleasure of handsome embodiment * enjoys the company of women * graciously attractive qualities of the appearance * active style of balancing * active pursuit of arrangements * appreciation of embodiment * 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
  • Zukra-yuti-Surya * balanced roles in drama, appreciation for political display, theatrical negotiations, self-focused arrangements, radiant bright beauty * self-reflexive bargaining, sweetly confident entitlements, enjoys politics, negotiating father-figure, intelligently focused on trades, arrangements, contracts * arrangements according to father's choice or self-will

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

* Vimala Yoga

  • Shani-Simbha (challenging placement) * heavy old entitlements * the weight of old royal drama * obliged to conform to center-stage flamboyant divas * vital energy compression stress zone = heart-spine * must accept pragmatic social restrictions upon creative self-expression * strictly imposed rules governing political affairs * must apply socially required restrictions upon genius, games, drama, children, romance * must endure lowest-common-denominator proletarian entertainments * must work with slow, elderly political game-players * must continue to conduct lawful entitlement ceremonies despite scarce available resources
  • Shani in Bhava-6 (beneficial placement) * Structured, orderly, time-conscious enemies. One must serve the problematic. One must outlast the adversaries. Endurance in military siege. Tense digestion, Cautious, conventional crimes; chronic conditions of criticism and guilt; constitutional illness-injury syndromes; Physicians resist innovation. Heavy legacy pressure against change in disease condition. Service fatigue; burnout. Resentment toward new treatments or medications. Support for socially-approved dutiful roles as social worker or disadvantaged, healthworker or sick, pharmacist or drug addict, criminal or cop, debtor or loanmaker, underpaid or underpayer, victim or victimizer, slaver or slave.

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

  • Rahu-Thula-Vanika * shimmering illusion of balance * craving for trade * mask of fairly bargained contracts * over-reaching arrangements * marvelous deals * exciting culturally-mixed partnerships * mirage of deal-making * extraordinary terms of agreement * fascinating alliances * ambitious diplomacy * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) * shimmering illusion of security * craving for customary rhythms * risky policing * mirage of home and shelter * mask of ancestral belonging to a habitual place * illusory acts of protective defense * over-reaching patriotism * fabulous farms and fisheries * fascinating ethnic routines * marvelous localities * intriguing owned properties * extraordinary cetaceans * seeks special importance via apparent (but perhaps not authentic) attributes of motherliness, nationalism, loyalty to the homeland, parent-rolesattributes of negotiation, equity-assurance * seeks privilege via advocacy, counseling, adviser-roles
  • Rahu in bhava-8 * passion for secrets * in swabhava of Competitive Kuja, the Shadowy Specter seeks privilege via glamorous or unusual secrets, recycling, rebirth, reinvention; rejuvenation. The Chandala in 8 desires a special, important, therapeutic role in transformative, hidden knowledge, confidential, revolutionary, catastrophic role. May be the secretary (secret-keeper) of a powerful individual or group. Opportunistic in-laws, inheritance, alimonies. Exciting, ambitious family of the lifepartner (in-laws). Rahu-8 trespasses the cultural boundaries of undisclosed assets, dangerous secrets, emergency situations. Rahu the Poseur may pose as a tantric initiator, disaster manager, keeper of dangerous secrets, identity-changing healer, or holder of secret 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 * chidra-karaka

  • Ketu-Meza * dissociates from competitive dominance, incomplete nobility, empty arrival, dissolute conquest, not limited by blood or birth, ignores restriction on innovative movement, applies dynamic action to the misty abyss
  • Ketu in classroom-2 * wanders from the preserved values, eccentric voice, disperses family affluence, absent from lineage history, surrenders the accumulated knowledge, irrelevance of the mouth, the foods, and the stored goods; disregards conventional boundaries of speech-language. One abandons a collection, dismisses the treasuries, or walks away from the hoard.

together in Dec-1974 at a White House performance

  1. POTUS-38 Time to Heal 1913-2006 Gerald R. Ford (then a Congressman)
  2. My Sweet Lord 1943-2001 Beatle George Harrison
  3. Raag Khamaj 1920-2012 sitarist Ravi Shankar

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