The city of New Orleans has celebrated a day in honour of Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in recognition of his distinguished services to humanity.
The New Orleans city council declared April 3 as 'His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Day' and the Art of Living founder was presented with the 'key to the city' by Mayor Ray Nagin at a function in the city hall Wednesday, according to a press release.
The 51-year-old leader's Bangalore-headquartered organisation aims at spreading traditional Indian wisdom in ways that are compatible with modern life.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is also a driving force behind several charitable organisations such as the International Association for Human Values.
New Orleans was the fifth stop for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's six-city tour of the US, which kicked off with a gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC March 28.
More than 1,500 people attended his talk in New Orleans where he also led a guided meditation.