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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 20.08.2014

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of Shri B. K. S. Iyengar.

In a condolence message to his son, Shri Prashant Iyengar, the President has said, "I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Shri B. K. S Iyengar.

Shri Iyengar was well known as one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He is credited with establishing and popularizing modern yoga first in India and then across the world. He created a unique school of yoga popularly known as ‘Iyengar Yoga’ and authored several books on yoga practice and philosophy which are considered authoritative texts used by practitioners, young and old.

Shri Iyengar was honoured with Padma Shri in 1991, the Padma Bhushan in 2002 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2014 by the Government in recognition of his services to spreading knowledge of Indian culture and tradition globally. In the passing of Shri Iyengar, the nation has lost a personality who devoted his entire life to the teaching and dissemination of India’s ancient knowledge and wisdom to millions all around the world.

I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and Shri Iyengar’s countless disciples and admirers. I pray to the Almighty to give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss. I also pray for peace of the departed soul”.

This release issued at 1325 hrs.