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|Occupation||Global Keynote Speaker, Musician, Aviator, Cultural Diplomat|
|Relatives||See Nehru-Gandhi family|
Ravi Hutheesing (born 30 May 1971) is an American keynote speaker, cultural diplomat for the US Department of State; singer-songwriter and former guitarist for the band Hanson, writer, and pilot who works under the brand names "Ravi" and "The Raviator." He is also a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. By ancestry, he's both Indian and German (through his London-born, half-German/half-Indian ancestry mother Amrita).
He is the grand nephew of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister) and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (first woman president of the United Nations' General Assembly), and youngest son of Ajit Hutheesing (Jain), founder, chairman and chief executive officer of International Capital Partners Inc.
Hutheesing works in multiple industries as a keynote speaker. AASA National Conference on Education (2017), COABE Commission on Adult Basic Education (2017), NAR National Association of Realtors (2017), NAMM National Association of Music Merchants (US 2005-2016, Russia 2015, and China 2015), EAA AirVenture (2009-2014), Cessna Aircraft Company (2011), Berklee College of Music (2004-2016), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2009-2012) are just a few of his keynote clients.
Hutheesing was a guitarist for Hanson (Mercury/Polygram) in 1997 when they reached #1 on the Billboard Charts and were nominated for three Grammy awards. They appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, Today, and several other national television shows, and also performed at Madison Square Garden and a White House Christmas party.
He has performed with his own band at the Louisiana Superdome and multiple festivals around the country, and has released two CDs entitled "Beyond the Blur" and "Ravi." Electronic Musician, Music Inc., Music & Sound Retailer, Musician, On Stage, and Flight Training magazines have published his articles. Simon and Schuster published Ravi's tour journal, "Dancin with Hanson" in 1999.
Also an aviator, Hutheesing discovered that 50% of pilots play a musical instrument. Yet, the aviation industry was not using music to attract millennials and help reverse the shrinking pilot population (millennials prioritize music). "The Raviator" created a niche market within aviation by performing concerts at air shows, becoming the spokesman for products targeting pilots, and developing a signature model folding guitar to fit in small airplanes.
Hutheesing partners with the Shanti Bhavan Children's Project in Tamil Nadu India, and is working with The George Foundation to spearhead the creation of more schools for the poorest of the poor ("untouchables" caste).
In 2018, Ravi launched Ravi Unites Schools—a growing network of over 100 schools worldwide that participate in real-time audio-video interactions between student groups, hosted by Ravi. He believes that such exchanges promote world peace by enabling youth to bond naturally across geographical and socioeconomic boundaries rather than to succumb to implicit biases formed by institutional agendas.
Ravi began serving as a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State in 2015, giving presentations on entrepreneurship and youth leadership in Russia. In 2016, he went to Indonesia—the world's largest Muslim population—and created songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs that bridged the most severe cultural and religious divides, and in 2017, he created similar programs in Iraq and Lebanon which included students from Mosul liberated from ISIS just days earlier, and Syrians from the decimated city of Aleppo.
- Hanson: Tulsa Tokyo & the Middle of Nowhere (Long Form Video, Mercury/Polygram), 1997
- Ravi (CD, Suburban Turban), 1998
- Brian Moore Artist Series Volume 1 (CD, Brian Moore Guitars), 1998
- Beyond the Blur (CD, Suburban Turban), 1999
- Dancin' With Hanson (Book, Simon & Schuster), 1999. ISBN 0-671-03598-3.
- Maintaining Artistic Integrity While Running Your Career as a Business (CD-Lecture, Suburban Turban) 2005
- Learn Guitar in 21 Days (DVD, Truefire/GuitarLab/eMedia), 2009
- Guitarology (DVD, Truefire/GuitarLab), 2011
- Rock/Pop Progressions You Must Know (DVD, Truefire/GuitarLab), 2011
- 1-2-3 Songwriting (DVD, Truefire), 2013
- A Man, a Guitar and a Camera: It Clicks By KENNETH BEST, New York Times, 21 October 2001. "Ravi Hutheesing, a Greenwich resident and guitarist who toured with Hanson, the heart-throb brothers who had a top hit with the pop tune MMMBop"