Pandit Ravi Shankar was born on the 21st of April 1903 in
all learned family in Banera (Mewar). His ancestors served the court of
Mewar right from Maharana Kumbha (1433-1468 A.D.) to Maharana
Raj Singh I (l652-1680 A.D.) 'One of his ancestors Pt. Kushalesh left
Udaipur along with Bhim Singh and settled at Banera and was appointed
as a 'Rajaguru'. His ancestors Chaturbhuji and his brother Nanji
took active part In the battle on the side of Raya Singh of Banera,
which was 'fought between Ari Singh and Mabadji Sindhia. They are
said to have brought the corpse of Raya Singh lifting it in their shoulders from the battlefield to the royal camp. For this service the title
of Debars Shri 'Grace of the Royal Tent' was conferred on them.
Pandit Nagaji Ramji Shastri. the elder brother of Pt. Ravi
Shani'(Nagaji's father. was a learned Sanskrit Scholar of his times, and has
to his credit the 'authorship of works such as the ' Aksaya Niti Sudhakara', 'Vamsa Vamanam' 'Siksabala Jati Prabodha, 'Bhupa Bhusana ',
'Niti Sudha'. 'Bhu Bhrani Nivarana' etc. The last named work for a
satire on' the princes who have adopted the decadent values of the
Pt Ravi Shankar ji took his B.Sc. and LL.B. degrees from the
Allahabad University and obtained that of Bar-at-law from England.
His was also honored by the membership of the Royal Asiatic Society
and the Bharatiya Vidya Parishad. He was awarded the title of 'Vidya
Fanusana'. He died on the 12th of March, 1962 leaving behind two
sons and two daughters Shri Vidya Sagar. Shri Akshaya Kumar. Smt.
Sumitra Tiwari and Smt. Shatrupa Devi Pandit. Shri Akshaya Kumar
ji is in the Indian Revenue Service as Asst. Collector of Customs and
Central, Excise. His nephew the late Prof S.D. Derashri was a
renowned educationist and economist who served the University of
Jodhpur as Professor & Head of the Economics Department. We all
remember him as one of our frequent visitors. Ravi Shankar ji was a
selfless auditor dedicated person. His achievements are too numerous
and cannot be compressed in this short life-sketch. We would like
to reserve some space for giving more about him in our Research
Though he was a student of science and law, he took keen
interest in History and literature also. His research work helped
Narayan Shyam Rao Chidambaram write his 'History of Banera'.
Though born in an orthodox family he was a staunch supporter
of equality in the society and hated untouchability. In those feudal
times he was a staunch supporter of Democracy and helped in the
establishment of Local-self-Government. He wanted the princes to
introduce popular rule. He expressed his ideas openly in his series
of articles published in the Navjiva' (1941-42) and in Marathi
journals. He also acted as a legal consultant to Raja Prafulla Chandra
Bhanja Deo of Bastar. and to the prince of Dungarpur in 1935 A.D.
He also served the Raghogarh estate in Madhya Pradesh as an
administrator. He has the credit of developing the state to a considerable extent.
His care for the cultural heritage led him' to collect a large
number of paintings and manuscripts He also edited and got published'
two historical and literary works entitled "Sera Prakasa" and Jaya
Simha Virdavarat" printed from Gwalior and Raghogarh. These books
relate to the deeds of the Khichi Chauhans of Raghogarh. His interest
extended also to 'Ethics, Astrology, Ayurveda and comparative study of)
religions. His love for the development of Hindi made him writ
articles in Hindi magazines published from Prayag namely "Vidyarth
and the "Vigyan",
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