DEATHS - 2018 JULY

July 1

Liliane Montevecchi, Tony Winner for ''Nine'', Dies at 85
Liliane Montevecchi, the French-born actress, singer and dancer who won a Tony Award for her showstopping role as the producer in ''Nine'', died. She was 85.
Ms. Montevecchi was 50 and a runaway from American film and television when she was cast in ''Nine'', the 1982 Broadway musical drama about a film director’s midlife crisis, based on the Federico Fellini film ''8½.''.

July 3

Marwar Rajmata Krishna Kumari passes away at 92
The Rajmata of former Marwar principality and former MP, Krishna Kumari (92) passed away.
Born in 1926, Krishna Kumari, princess of Dharangdhra in Gujrat had married the then ruler of Marwar Hanwant Singh in 1943.

July 4

Ex Navy chief Admiral JG Nadkarni passes away, Defence Minister expresses condolences
Former Navy chief Admiral JG Nadkarni died in Mumbai. He was 86.
The 14th Navy chief died at the INHS Asvini naval hospital in Colaba area.
Nadkarni, PVSM AVSM NM VSM (Retd.), was the Chief of the Naval Staff from December 1, 1987 to November 30, 1990.

July 7

Kumaoni folk singer Kabutari Devi dies
Famous Kumaoni folk singer Kabutari Devi passed away.She was 70.
Devi, whose songs depicted the struggles in the life of Pahari women, shot to fame after her maiden performance at All India Radio, Lucknow in the 1980s.

July 8

Veteran journalist J.N. Sadhu passes away
Veteran journalist J.N. Sadhu passed away. Sadhu was 94.
He worked with The Indian Express for nearly 35 years. After his retirement, he was working as a free lance journalist.

July 9

Senior Congress leader M.M. Jacob passes away
Senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya Governor M.M. Jacob passed away. He was 90.
Jacob, a former Union Minister, had also served as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha in the 80s.
Jacob, hailing from Ramapuram in the district, had served as general secretary and treasurer of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee and Chairman, Kerala State Seva Dal Board and an elected member of AICC for many years.

July 12

Spiritual leader Dada J.P. Vaswani passes away
Noted spiritual leader and educationist Dada J.P. Vaswani the moral force behind the Sadhu Vaswani Mission and a tireless promoter of vegetarianism and animal rights passed away.
He is credited to have written over 150 self-help books. Sadhu Thanwardas Lilaram Vaswani, who founded Sadhu Vaswani Mission, was his Guru. He was the recipient of the 1998 U Thant Peace Award, given by the United Nations. Dada Vaswani’s birthday is celebrated as a Global Forgiveness Day.

July 13

Doyen of Indian Psychiatry N.N. Wig dies at 88
Prof N.N. Wig, the doyen of Psychiatry in India who led many pioneering studies related to mental health at national and international levels and headed departments in various prestigious institutions like AIIMS, Delhi and PGIMER, died at the age of 88.
He was also head of the Department of Psychiatry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi. He contributed to the development of mental health programmes in India and many other other countries.

July 14

Former DGCA chief Kanu Gohain passed away
Former Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Kanu Gohain died.He was 68 years old.
Gohain, who was the last technocrat to head the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), retired from services in 2008.After retirement, he became a director on the board of Indamer, an MRO company.

Senior journalist Kalpesh Yagnik dies
Senior journalist Kalpesh Yagnik died.He was 55.
Yagnik, group editor of popular Hindi daily 'Dainik Bhaskar'.

July 16

Kannada poet M.N. Vyasa Rao passes away
Kannada poet and film song lyricist M.N. Vyasa Rao passed away. He was 73.
He worked as a bank employee for 34 years before taking voluntary retirement from UCO Bank. Mr. Rao entered the Kannada film industry as a lyricist in 1975 in the hit film Shubhamangala, directed by Puttanna Kanagal.
Many of his poems are also popular as ‘Bhaavageete’ (light music) and many albums of his songs were made in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Mr. Rao was also a novelist and authored many detective and literary novels in Kannada, apart from short stories. He was also a recipient of the Karnataka Rajya Sahitya Academy award for his short story collection titled Maleyalli Neneda Maragalu.

July 18

Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri dies at 62
Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri who was currently seen as grandmother in Star Bharat's Nimki Mukhiya died. She was 62.
Rita Bhaduri has worked in over 20 TV shows, which includes Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Amanat and Kumkum.

July 19

West Bengal Guv condoles death of Hindi poet Gopal Das Niraj
West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi condoled the death of eminent Hindi poet Gopal Das Niraj.
The poet had also written songs for Bollywood films.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

July 20

Veteran Congress leader Ramchandra Singhdeo dead
Veteran Congress leader and first Finance Minister of Chhattisgarh Ramchandra Singhdeo died.He was 88.
Singhdeo, who belonged to the erstwhile Royal family of Koriya, had been active in politics since 1960s and was elected as MLA six times.
He had served in various capacities in the undivided Madhya Pradesh. Singhdeo was appointed the first Finance Minister of Chhattisgarh after the state came into existence in November 2000 after bifurcation of Madhya Pradesh.

July 22

Jonathan Gold, first restaurant critic to win a Pulitzer, dies aged 57
Jonathan Gold, the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has died. He was 57.
Gold’s reviews first appeared in LA Weekly and later in the Times and Gourmet. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 while at LA Weekly. He was a finalist again in 2011.

July 23

Veteran Bengali actress dies
Veteran Bengali actress Basabi Nandi passed away.Nandi, who was 82.
Her prominent stage plays included Karagar (1962), Srimati Bhayankari (1980) while she had left imprints for her performance in films like Jamalaye Jibanto Manush (1958) and opposite Uttam Kumar in 'Bon Palashir Padabali' (1973) among many others.
She had got the Best Supporting Actress Award by Bengal Film Journalists Association in 1974 for the movie 'Bon Palashir Padabali'.

July 26

Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passes away
Veteran sports journalist Swapan Sarkar passed away.He was 67 years old.
Sarkar worked for a number of dailies and was also the Delhi sports correspondent of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) from mid 1990's.
He had earlier worked for Kolkata's english daily Amrita Bazar Patrika and Northern India Patrika. He has briefly worked for Gujarat Samachar.
Sarkar was a regular in the Delhi sports circuit having covered events like 1982 Asian Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games along with tournaments like Nehru Cup, Federation Cup, Durand Cup and DCM. He has also covered events like Davis Cup, National Athletics meet.

July 27

Former Kerala minister and IUML Kasargod strongman Cherkalam Abdullah passes away
Indian Union Muslim League's strongman in Kasargod, former minister and four-time MLA of Manjeshwaram Cherkalam Abdullah has died. He was 76.
Abdullah, who was said to be the final word in the party in Kasargod district, is credited with building the IUML in Kasargod district, and was always part of the core team of the party for the past 50 years. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly from Manjeshwaram in 1987, and went on to represent the border constituency for the next 19 years.
Chief minister AK Antony made him the minister for local self-government in 2001. The successful poverty alleviation and women empowerment mission Kudumbashree was launched when he was at the helm of the department. He is also credited with introducing performance auditing for officials of local bodies.

July 28

Chiyo Miyako, world's oldest person, passes away at 117
The world's oldest person Chiyo Miyako a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died.
Miyako became the world's oldest person in April after Nabi Tajima from Kikai island in southern Japan died at the age of 117.
Miyako's family called her "the goddess" and remembered her as a chatty person who was patient and kind to others, according to Guinness World Records, which had certified her title. Miyako enjoyed calligraphy, which she had practiced until recently, and eating sushi and eel.
The new oldest person in Japan is a 115-year-old woman, Kane Tanaka of Fukuoka on the southern island of Kyushu.

July 29

Ek doctor ki maut’ writer Ramapada Chowdhury passes away at 95
Acclaimed Bengali writer Ramapada Chowdhury, whose story ‘Abhimanyu’ was made into a Hindi movie ‘Ek doctor ki maut’, died.
‘Abhimanyu’ was based on the life and work of Dr. Subhas Mukhopadhyay who created India’s first and the world’s second test-tube baby in 1978. Director Tapan Sinha turned the story into an award winning Hindi film ‘Ek doctor ki maut’ in 1990. Mrinal Sen’s Hindi film ‘Ek din achanak’ (1989) was also based on Chowdhury’s story ‘Beej’.

July 30

Former FTII director John Sankaramangalam passes away
Veteran filmmaker and former director of Film and Television Institute of India, John Sankaramangalam, passed away. He was 84.


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