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Ravi tours the country performing original music, conducting guitar clinics, and lecturing on crucial issues facing the music industry. The singer-songwriter-guitarist has performed on Letterman, Leno, Saturday Night Live, Today Show, Good Morning America, etc., and at the most prestigious venues including Madison Square Garden, Louisiana Superdome, and a White House Christmas party. Ravi also appears annually at one of the music industry's most celebrated events, All Star Guitar Night.

With professional endorsements & business savvy, Ravi has released CDs, had his tour journal published by Simon & Schuster, and toured extensively for signings, product clinics, and performances—both solo and with his band. He writes and performs a unique twist on "pop" music, combining funky grooves with smart songwriting. His music and musicianship have garnered rave reviews, comparing him to Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Duane Allman, Peter Frampton, and others.

In addition, Ravi is the founder of and These Web sites combined with his frequent lectures and articles on "Integrity" have positioned Ravi as one of the most outspoken advocates on the subject in the music industry.

He recently broadened his horizons (literally) by entering the Aviation Industry as a consultant, and of course, pilot. He premiered his seminar "Making General Aviation Sexy" at the industry's celebrated event, "Sun 'n' Fun" in Lakeland Fl, and will present that and other seminars around the nation including at the country's largest aviation show, "AirVenture" in Oshkosh WI. In addition, he writes for AOPA's Flight Training magazine.

Ravi, of Indian and German descent (and grand nephew of India’s first Prime Minister, Nehru), was born in Washington, DC. He grew up in a "Wall Street" family (his two older brothers and father work in finance), but Ravi traveled down a very different road.

Profile Summary:
Music Business Consultant & Lecturer Charlottesville, VA
Musician Charlottesville, VA
Music Journalism Charlottesville, VA
Motivational Speaker Charlottesville, VA
Pilot Charlottesville, VA
Guitar Clinician/Instructor Charlottesville, VA
More About Me
In addition to writing, recording, and performing: Aviation (I'm a licensed pilot), International Traveling, Public Speaking, Marketing, Portfolio Investing, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (soldering things together!), Accounting (I like making the numbers work), the Business of Art, Art in all forms...
Work Experience:
The "crème de la crème" of the entertainment industry frequently calls on Ravi. Mercury Records/PolyGram hired him in 1997 to play guitar on tour with three-time Grammy nominee Hanson (the top selling band in the world that year). Simon & Schuster published his tour journal/autobiography. Electronic Musician, Music & Sound Retailer, Onstage, and Musician magazines feature Ravi's articles, he has a monthly column in Music Inc. magazine. Berklee College of Music, Pepperdine University, and others including NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and most music business conferences host his lectures. The world's largest manufacturer of guitars and pianos, SMC (Samick Music Corp.), sought out Ravi to represent Greg Bennett Guitars as the brand's national electric guitar clinician. Most recently, TrueFire contracted Ravi to film several long-form guitar instructional videos and join their faculty of world famous guitarists.
New York University
Organizations / Affilations:
Professional Endorsements, Brian Moore Guitars, CF Martin Guitars, Digitech, Gibson Strings & Accessories, Greg Bennett Guitars, Kustom, Levy's Leathers, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Sennheiser, Seymour Duncan, Yamaha,

Music Conferences & Conventions, Atlantis, Dfest, NEMO, NAMM,

Other, ASCAP, HENA, All Star Guitar Night, Music for Life Alliance, Guitars in the Classroom, , Grammy In The Schools, AOPA, EAA
Ravi is located in Charlottesville, VA and has the following skills: Music Business Consultant & Lecturer, Musician, Music Journalism, Motivational Speaker, Pilot, Guitar Clinician/Instructor
Music, Writing / Journalism, Travel / Leisure, Motivation / Inspiration
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Music Business Consultant & Lecturer

Category: Music
Consultant, lecturer, keynote and motivational speaker, and/or clinician for product manufacturers & retailers, independent artists, education institutions, businesses, non-profits, etc. in both music and aviation industries.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Past and/or present clients include Berklee College of Music, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), United Nations, Pepperdine University, University of Virginia, Loyola University, Delgado University, University of Florida, Johnson C. Smith University, Pyramind Audio Institute, NARAS/Grammy in the Schools, Brian Moore Guitars, CF Martin Guitars, RKS Guitars, Sony Electronics, CD Baby, Music for Life Alliance, Guitars in the Classroom, and music business conferences: Atlantis, Diversafest/DFest, Canadian Music Week, NEMO, Cutting Edge, Millennium Music, Midwest Music Summit, 2NMC, and Global Entertaiment and Media Summit; aviation organizations including Sun 'n' Fun Airshow, EAA Oshkosh, and AOPA.
Years Experience: 20


Category: Music
Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer. Write "Funky Pop/Rock" songs and perform solo and with band (sideman musicians based in New York and New Orleans). Co-wrote and/or recorded songs for Ravi CDs with bassist Will Lee (David Letterman Band, first call session player worldwide), horn player Don Harris (James Taylor, Tower of Power), engineer Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington), and others.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Guitarist of Hanson when it was the top-selling band in the world. Performed Platinum selling hit "MMMBop" and other cuts from the Double Platinum selling CD "Middle of Nowhere" worldwide for crowds as large as 40,000. Also appeared on the Platinum selling long-form video filmed at the Beacon Theater in New York City, "Tulsa, Tokyo, and the Middle of Nowhere." Samick (worlds largest guitar manufacturer) contracted Ravi exclusively to promote "Greg Bennett Design" electric guitars under Ravi's clinic brand "Instant Guitarification" ( Ravi conducted clinics in dealers all over the USA, increasing brand awareness and training sales associates. Awarded a Double Platinum for Hanson: Middle of Nowhere
Years Experience: 20

Music Journalism

Category: Writing / Journalism
Magazine writing, music and aviation industries.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Columnist at Music Inc. Magazine/Maher Publications: Write monthly column representing the consumer's point of view as it pertains to the music products industry. Contributing Writer at Electronic Musician Magazine/Penton Media: Professional advice columns from personal experience and interviews with others. (2002-2003, Onstage Magazine/Penton Media; 2004-Present, Electronic Musician Magazine/Penton Media) Contributing Writer at Flight Training Magazine
Years Experience: 10

Motivational Speaker

Category: Motivation / Inspiration
Give talks on "Living the Dream" and guidance on how to create one's luck, recognize opportunities, and achieve one's dreams and goals.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Middle & High Schools Universities Conferences
Years Experience: 5


Category: Travel / Leisure
Licensed pilot.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 1

Guitar Clinician/Instructor

Category: Music
Offer private and master class instruction.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Faculty/Guitar Clinician at TrueFire: Write and perform/lecture in guitar instructional videos. Completed courses include one designed to grow the guitar market by breaking down the barriers to entry for beginners, and another for intermediate to advanced players demonstrating the vast amount of gear available to today's guitarists that facilitate talent and enhance creativity. Other courses are currently in the works, including some that cover songwriting, the business of being a musician, and modal playing. Samick (worlds largest guitar manufacturer) contracted Ravi exclusively to promote "Greg Bennett Design" electric guitars under Ravi's clinic brand "Instant Guitarification" ( Ravi conducted clinics in dealers all over the USA, increasing brand awareness and training sales associates.
Years Experience: 1