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RAVI - Artist, Aviator, Activist

Singer/songwriter Ravi shot to worldwide fame as the guitarist for the 90's band Hanson, playing guitar in front of millions of screaming teenage fans in scenes reminiscent of "Beatlemania." Their triple Grammy nominated chart-topping songs catapulted the band into the music stratosphere, taking Ravi to stages at the White House, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Today Show, Good Morning America, Madison Square Garden, and others. His autobiographical book written on tour as guitarist of that year's top-selling band in the world was published by Simon & Schuster. Ravi continues to tour regularly under his own name, performing at prestigious venues including House of Blues and the Louisiana Superdome.

“Guitar whiz” – Musician Magazine

“A glassy voice that calls to mind old Steve Winwood or Peter Frampton LPs”
– Times Picayune, New Orleans LA

“A fine, richly textured voice and a degree of mastery of his instrument that calls to mind early Clapton and Duane Allman” – Offbeat Magazine

Ravi also frequently gives motivational presentations and pens articles with the theme of Integrity, positioning him as one of the industry's most outspoken advocates for Artistic Integrity and Truth in Marketing. Electronic Musician, Music Inc., Music and Sound Retailer, and other magazines publish his articles, and Berklee College of Music, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), NARAS/Grammy, and other globally renowned institutions host his lectures and keynote addresses. He is an endorsing artist and/or clinician for more than a dozen product manufacturers, the author and talent of several guitar instructional DVDs sold through major retailers, and an advisor to various non-profit organizations providing music education to the underprivileged.

Ravi is also a pilot and aviation motivational speaker. Bringing a little rock 'n' roll into aviation in order to make "one of humanity's greatest achievements" more accessible to a new generation, he is also a founding member of the Flying Musicians Association. Ravi is regularly a featured and/or keynote speaker at AirVenture in Oshkosh (the world's largest air show), Sun 'n' Fun Air Show, AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) Summit, ATAC (Air Transport Association of Canada), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of North Dakota, Western Michigan University, Seneca College, University of Western Ontario, and others. His has written for AOPA's Flight Training magazine and also represents Cessna Aircraft Corporation and Sennheiser Aviation Headsets through lectures and product endorsements.

“An inspiring, energetic and passionate champion for General Aviation. He really understands the issues facing GA and provides a fresh perspective on the solutions.” – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“His passion for flying and music is contagious and resonated with the audience. Ravi's youthful outlook and keen sense of marketing of aviation was an eye-opener for those in attendance, offering valuable nuggets of marketing strategy and inspiration.” – ATAC

Born in Washington DC and raised near New York City, Ravi is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, India's political family dynasty who governed the world's largest democracy for over 40 years and continues to exert strong influence today. Combining his musical talents, public speaking skills, and family heritage, Ravi actively works with non-profit organizations to eradicate poverty by reshaping the model of education for underprivileged youth around the world.

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At 9:47am on May 10, 2013, Jim Atkinson said…
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