5 Indian Icons Born on September 17

Apart from sharing compassion for a better world, these famous iconic personalities also share their birthdays

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.

360,000 babies are born into the world every day but only the lucky ones are slated to be remembered for their deeds. Those who are destined to write history do not necessarily hold a commonality but are still connected some way or the other.

Entrepreneur India

Some have the common interest of serving the mankind; others just follow their dreams and end up becoming an inspiration to mankind. Nonetheless, people are connected by humanity regardless of their birthplace, race, religion, etc.

Apart from sharing the trait of being good-willed and kind, some iconic personalities do share their birthdays. On September 17, Entrepreneur India brings to you 5 iconic personalities from the varied field who are connected for sharing their birth dates:

Narendra Modi

Narendra Damodardas Modi, India’s 14th Prime Minister was born on September 17, 1950. Coming from a family of grocers to becoming Gujarat’s long-serving Chief Minister and now, India’s Prime Minister, he has come a long way.

The nation has hailed him for his devotion to taking the country forward but the opposition never failed to claim otherwise. Nonetheless, Narendra Modi has become an icon for almost every Indian due to his ever-growing spirits.

Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

Born over 140 years ago, the social activist still holds a great place in the hearts of Tamil Nadu residents. Not as a politician but Thanthai Periyar rose as an ideology of self-respect. Known as the ‘Father of modern Tamil Nadu’, he spearheaded Self-Respect Movement and Dravidar Kazhagam.

The social reformer had envisioned a Dravida homeland that was void of Brahminical dominance, caste prevalence and women oppression. His strong approach against Congress conservatism not only earned him ample of respect by the Tamils but also the great amount of appreciation among the masses all around the nation.

M. F. Husain

‘India’s very own Picasso’ was what Maqbool Fida Husain aka M.F. Husain was referred as. Born in the nation of diverse cultures and artistic history, this Indore-based was able to establish a special place for himself in the hearts of the world art lovers with his distinctive artistry.

His freehand drawings splattered with vibrant colours depicting the richness of Indian subject matter in contemporary style earned him great fame but it was his symbolic iconography with historic figures he created by interweaving religious aspects that aspired many youngsters to become an artist.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Indian cricketers enjoy a massive fan following not just in India but throughout the world and Ravichandran Ashwin is no different. The all-rounder has smashed multiple records in his 9 years of career in International cricket including earning the tag of fastest Indian bowler.

As the cricketer turned 32, wishes started pouring from all around on social media as his well-wishers remembered the most memorable stints of his career. The off-spinner has played 62 Tests and 111 One Day Internationals and picked up 327 and 150 wickets respectively.

Anant Pai

The millennials might be unaware of his existence but ‘Uncle Pai’ was the pioneer of Indian comics. Creator of India’s two most famous comic books, Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle, the renowned comic book creator was an illustrious storyteller.

A Journalist by profession, Pai was instrumental in making Greek mythology an important part of young kids’ comics by adding child-friendly narratives of Indian epics to the stories. Unknowingly, he became the hero for several generations of Indian children.

Aastha Singal

Written By

Entrepreneur Staff

A business journalist looking to find happiness in the world of startups, investments, MSMEs and more. Officially started her career as a news reporter for News World India, Aastha had short stints with NDTV and NewsX. A true optimist seeking to make a difference, she is a comic junkie who'd rather watch a typical Bollywood masala than a Hollywood blockbuster.