DEATHS - 2019 June

June 29

Jaya Arunachalam, founder of Working Women’s Forum (WWF) passed away at the age of 87. She is India’s notable social worker and also a pioneer of the women’s Self Help group (SHG) movement in the country. Through WWF she helped lakhs of women from underprivileged background to organise themselves towards becoming financially independent. She is recipient of Padma Shri (1987), Jamnalal Bajaj Award (2009) for her work towards welfare of women and children.

June 28

Abburi Chaya Devi (86), the popular Telugu fiction writer, has passed away in Hyderabad. Born on 13th October 1933 in Andhra Pradesh, she was well known in literary circles and as a creative feminist writer. She has translated German fiction. Her stories have been translated into English and Spanish besides many Indian languages. She has served as librarian at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She highlighted the cause of women in her writings & received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2005 for her book 'Thana Margam' short stories about the exploitation of women in the guise of family bonds.

June 7

Former Doordarshan and All India Radio News Editor Laldingliana Sailo passed away at a Private hospital in Aizwal. He was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in April this year and returned to his home city Aizwal after undergoing treatment at CMC Vellore for some time.

June 4

Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra (71), the celebrated chef and culinary revivalist, has passed away New Delhi. He earned epithets like ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’ and ‘Taste Maker to the Nation’, and was popularly known as Jiggs Kalra. Kalra was the first Asian to be inducted in the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame. Born on May 21, 1948, Kalra was a pioneering food columnist, author and food consultant.

June 3

Ruma Guha Thakurta (84), the veteran Bengali actress & singer, has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal. Ruma was best known for her roles in Satyajit Ray directed films such as Ganashatru (1989) and Abhijan (1962). Ruma started her career as a dancer. She founded the Calcutta Youth Choir, a song and dance troupe, in 1958, which is known for its performance of folk and mass songs.