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New Orleans marks Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Day

Indian spiritual leader is recognised for his distinguished services to humanity.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2007 13:24 IST

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.

First Published: Apr 06, 2007 13:14 IST