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.


City of Joy urged to Vote for a Better India

Service & Social Programs


City of Joy urged to Vote for a Better India

Kolkata, WB, India
April 8

Citizens of Kolkata turned out in thousands to welcome the Art of Living Founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on April 8th, 2014. Gurudev interacted and addressed more than 10,000 enthusiastic volunteers that morning, in Netaji Indoor Stadium. They had worked dedicatedly for the Volunteer for Better India (VBI) Campaign with the aim of raising public awareness for exercising one’s vote. VBI drives have been conducted in corporate, housing societies etc in Kolkata & surrounding areas. Volunteers even conducted ‘Voteathon’, an inter-college competition aimed at increasing the importance of voting in our civil society, especially amongst the youth. ‘Nukkad nataks’ and bike rallies were also organized. The efforts put in resulted in 3,912 new voter registrations.

Gurudev then inaugurated new seva initiatives for slum development, diagnostic centre, blood donation camps, zero budget chemical farming and tree plantation, undertaken by Brij Chawla, head of the Art of Living Tribal School in Ghatshila.

Later that evening, Gurudev led a meditation and interacted with the public on various issues confronting the country. His words instilled a sense of responsibility and nationalism amongst all.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at VBI event at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, WB, India - April 8, 2014