Adi Shankara was an Indian philosopher who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita
Vedanta, a sub-school of Vedanta. His teachings are based on the unity of the soul
and Brahman, in which Brahman is viewed as without attributes.
Anil Kumble is a former Indian cricketer. He is a right-arm leg spin bowler
and a right-hand batsman. He is currently the leading wicket-taker for India in
both Test and One Day International matches. At present he is the third highest
wicket-taker in Test cricket and one of only three bowlers to have taken more than
600 Test wickets.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is an Indian statesman, who served as the eleventh Prime
Minister of India. After a brief stint as Prime Minister in 1996, Vajpayee headed
a coalition government from March 19, 1998 until May 19, 2004. He served as a Member
of Parliament (MP) from Lucknow until 2009, and has since retired from active politics.
Chandrashekhar Sitaram Tiwari, better known as Chandrasekhar Azad is one
of the most important Indian revolutionaries, and is considered the mentor of Bhagat
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly is a former Indian cricketer, and captain of the
Indian national team. Born into an affluent family, Ganguly was introduced into
the world of cricket by his elder brother Snehashish. He started his career by playing
in state and school teams. Although his playmanship was appreciated, he was only
mildly successful and was condemned as being arrogant.
Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian statesman who was the first, and is to date
the longest-serving, prime minister of India, having served from 1947 until 1964.
A leading figure in the Indian independence movement, Nehru was elected by the Congress
party to assume office as independent India's first Prime Minister, and later when
the Congress won India's first general election in 1952. As one of the founders
of the Non-aligned Movement, he was also an important figure in the international
politics of the post-war era. He is frequently referred to as Pandit Nehru ("pandit"
meaning 'scholar' or 'teacher') and, specifically in India, as Panditji.
Mangal Pandey was a sepoy (soldier) in the 34th Regiment of the Bengal Native
Infantry (BNI) of the English East India Company. He is widely seen in India as
one of its first freedom fighters. The Indian government has issued postage stamps
commemorating him as freedom fighter and his life and actions have been adapted
to the silver screen.
Morarji Ranchhodji Desai was an Indian independence activist and the Prime
Minister of India from 1977-79. He was the first Indian Prime Minister who did not
belong to the Indian National Congress. He is the only Indian to receive the highest
civilian awards from both India and Pakistan, the Bharat Ratna and Nishaan-e-Pakistan.
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy better known as N. R. Narayana Murthy, is
an Indian industrialist, software engineer and the founder of Infosys Technologies,
a global consulting and IT services company based in India.
Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Raowho was commonly known as P. V. Narasimha
Rao, served as the 10th Prime Minister of the Republic of India.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of
the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and
century maker in Test and One Day International cricket.Tendulkar was the only player
of the current generation to be included in Bradman's Eleven.He is sometimes referred
to as Little Master or Master Blaster.
Sunil Manohar Gavaskar is a former cricketer who played during the 1970s and
1980s for Bombay and India. Widely regarded as one of the greatest opening batsmen
in test match history, Gavaskar set world records during his career for the most
runs and most centuries scored by any batsman. He held the record of 34 Test centuries
for almost two decades before.
Pandurang Shastri also known as ‘Dada-ji’ which literally
translates as elder brother in Marathi, was a Indian philosopher, spiritual leader,
social reformer and Hinduism reformist, who founded the Swadhyay Movement and the
Swadhyay Parivar organization (Swadhyay Family) in 1954, a self-knowledge movement
based on the Bhagavad Gita, which has spread across nearly 100,000 villages in India,
with over 5 million members. He was also noted for his discourses or "pravachans"
on Srimad Bhagawad Gita and Upanishads.
Narshin Mehta - Based on the historical and literary traces it can be said
surely that Narsinh was born in Talaja, Bhavnagar District of Saurashtra, in Nagar
community. Narsinh Mehta also known as Narsi Mehta or Narsi Bhagat was a poet-saint
of Gujarat, India, notable as a bhakt, an exponent of Hindu devotional religious
poetry. He is especially revered in Gujarat, where he is acclaimed as its Adi Kavi.
His bhajan "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Re Kahiye..." is Mahatma Gandhi's favorite and
has become synonymous to him.
Veer Savarkar was an Indian revolutionary and politician, who is credited
with developing the Hindu nationalist political ideology Hindutva. He is considered
to be the central icon of modern Hindu nationalist political parties. Rightwing
historians tag him as Indian Independence Movement activist.
Sudama Sudama was from a poor Brahmin family, while Krishna was from the
royal family. But this difference in social status did not come in the way of their
friendship. They lost contact over the years and while Krishna became a military
leader and King of great repute at Dwaraka, while Sudama stayed as a humble, and
somewhat impoverished Brahmin living in a village.
Lata Mangeshkar is a singer from India. She is one of the best-known playback
singers in the Hindi film industry. Mangeshkar's career started in 1942 and has
spanned over six and a half decades. She sang in over a thousand Bollywood movies
and has sung songs in over twenty regional Indian languages, but primarily in Hindi.
She is the elder sister of the equally accomplished singer Asha Bhosle and lesser-known
singers, brother Hridayanath Mangeshkar and sisters Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar.
Lata is the second vocalist ever to have received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest
civilian honour.Mangeshkar was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records from
1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.