Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.

Gurudev has inspired a wave of volunteerism and service, resulting in one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the world, with more than 30,000 teachers and over one million volunteers engaged in service projects in 156 countries.


Promoting Unity Through the Arts

Culture & Celebration


Promoting Unity Through the Arts

Solapur, India, January 17, 2012

In keeping with Art of Living’s focus on arts as a unifying cultural vehicle, Taal Ninaad recorded participation by 1548 percussionists (1230 tablas and 318 pakhawaj).

During the event, which won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for most hand drum players together on one stage, audience members pledged to work toward freeing their communities from alcohol and violence.

In addition, Gurudev urged the gathering to discard discrimination based on caste and creed, and to commit to the advancement of human values.