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Benny Prasad is an instrumental guitarist from India. He designed the Bentar which is the world's first bongo guitar. He also holds the world record for being the fastest man ever to visit all 195 countries in the world.
He has traveled all around the world performing to audiences. He has performed before presidents and parliaments, before the crowds of 2007 military world games, 2006 FIFA world cup and the 2004 Olympic games. He had travelled to more than 218 countries in March 2008 performing music, earning him the honor of being the most traveled Indian musician (Limca book of records). Benny Prasad has also won renown by designing two guitars – the world's first bongo guitar and a 54 string guitar, the bentar.
Benny has traveled to over 194 sovereign countries and 51 dependent countries (including Antarctica) in 6 years, 6 months and 22 days (from 1 May 2004 to 22 November 2010). He is therefore the fastest man ever to visit all 245 countries in the world.
Born on 6 August 1975, in Bangalore, India, Benny studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya NAL. His father, a scientist at the National Aerospace Laboratories, spent a lot of time trying to drill mathematics and science into Benny. He was expected to excel in his studies and to set an example for his younger brother and sisters.
Soon Benny excelled in forgery and expertise in the art of lying, having a fiery and explosive temper. As a young person he developed severe asthma which required him to take cortisone steroids and resulted in rheumatoid arthritis, 60% lung damage and a weakened immune system. Finding no fulfillment in life, Benny soon became depressed and his behavior continued to worsen and he attempted suicide at the age of 16. Benny's mother convinced him to go to a retreat center.
Benny joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS) and School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in Bangalore, India. After completing a School of Music in Missions (SOMM) in New Mexico, USA and a School of Events Management (SEM) in Townsville, Australia, Benny received an Associate of Arts degree through YWAM's University of the Nations.
Benny says, 'If I could be made useful, anyone in this world can. If my dreams can come true, yours can too. My sin and shame has been exchanged for righteousness and new life by the Almighty GOD "JESUS CHRIST" to set me free.'
Soon after the graduation Benny was invited to perform as a guest artist at the famous Orchid Festival in Singapore where the President of Singapore was the chief guest. The President was so impressed that he autographed the picture and mailed it to Benny.
In 2003 Benny became the first person from the state of Karnataka to graduate from the University of the Nations. The graduation was held in Singapore in Sept. 2003.
26 Dec 2004 – Benny performed at the Christmas Celebrations at the 100 ft Christmas Tree in the heart of Singapore on Orchid Street. In fact Benny recalls that this was a last minute invitation which Benny accepted. Due to this event he postponed his flight to Sri Lanka/ Bangalore. Because he was supposed to stay in the hotel on the beach in Colombo on the 26th and it was the same day the Tsunami hit.
In Sept 2004 Benny was invited as the guest Artist to perform at the Disability Conference by Joni Eareckson Tada.
In 2004, Benny performed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece. He performed for the Welcoming of the South African Athletes & Delegates, as well as at the Cultural Stages and the Museum for the Press Conference (Delirious).
Sept 2005 Benny performed on the Centre stage at the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the Earth) in Ecuador where the equator really lies.
June 2005 – Benny performs at the Palm Creek Folk Festival in Australia.
In April 2005 Benny was invited by Mr. Young Vivian, the Premier of Niue to come and play in the Parliament. In May the same year, he was also invited to perform for the Cabinet of the North Mariana Islands.
In Nov 2006 Benny performs with the World Famous Wind Instrumentalist, Pedro Eustache at the Nations to Nations Celebration in Amsterdam.
In July 2006 Benny performed at various cultural stages at the Fifa World Cup in Germany including this one which was one of the Official Stages for the launch in Iserlohn.
In June 2006 Benny spoke in some of the classes in Liberty University, USA as well as performed at the Convocation
In Feb. 2006 Benny was awarded as one of the 10 stalwarts of the 25 years of Kendriya Vidyalaya NAL School. He was felicitated by Sri V. Mahadevan, Chairman of Indian Satellite Research Organisation (ISRO). It a special moment for Benny as he spoke to the audience that it was the same school that he was called useless and worthless for the 9 years he studied there. He gives the credit and glory to God for redeeming his past.
Jan 2006 Benny was felicitated for entering into the Limca Book of Records as the "Most traveled Indian Musician"
On 14 October 2007 Benny performed in Hyderabad at the Opening Ceremony of the Largest Military World Games ever where athletes from 101 Nations had gathered to compete.
In July 2007 Benny performed at Indus in Bangkok organized by Artists Society. One of them who attended was Rabe'e Oskoee, a famous Iranian Comedian/Actress.
In Feb 2007 Benny did a 22 Nation Caribbean Tour and during his performance in Anguilla the Governor Mr. Andrew Neil George was there for the whole concert. He also performed and shared to the Ministry of Justice in Haiti.
In Jan 2008 Benny performed as well as spoke to the Ministry of Education in Bermuda.
In Jan 2008 Benny was also given an Hon. Doctorate for designing his guitar (BENTAR) as well as for his travels as a musician.
In 2010 he made the world record for fastest man to visit 245 countries.