DEATHS - 2019 MAY

May 27

Gian Chand (93), the veteran freedom fighter, has passed away at his native village in Mohalla Ramgarh of Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh. He was born on 26th October 1926. Chand was a member of Azad Hind Fauj led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Veeru Devgan (85), veteran action choreographer and father of Ajay Devgan, has passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He choreographed action scenes for more than 80 films.

May 21

Surya Prakash (79), a well-known artist from Telangana, passed away in Hyderabad. He was born on 23rd March 1940 in Madhira of Khammam district. He received 'Kala Vibhushan' award and other honours. The best places where his creative paintings stand out in Hyderabad are the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.

May 20

Niki Lauda
Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda of Austria, who underwent a lung transplant in August 2018, has passed away. He is a veteran in his field and one of the best-known figures in motor racing, Lauda took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.  He is also remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

May 19

Vijaya Mulay (98), the renowned filmmaker, film historian and the founder of Delhi Film Society has passed away at south Delhi. Her 7 minute animation film ‘Ek Anek Aur Ekta’, which was aired on Doordarshan in the 70s and 80s and won the National Film Award for Best Educational Film.

May 17

Veteran Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata Narasimha Rao passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad, he was 74 yrs old. He acted in more than 850 films and was popular comedian and character artiste.

May 12

Hiralal Yadav

Hiralal Yadav (93), the Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri folk singer, has passed away in Chowkaghat, Varanasi. Yadav was felicitated with Padma Shri award in 2019. In 2015, he was honoured with Yash Bharti award by the Uttar Pradesh government for his contribution in the field of music.

Thoppil Mohammed Meeran

The well-known Tamil writer Sahitya Academy awardee Thoppil Mohammed Meeran passed away at the age of 74. Mohamed Meeran was awarded the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award in 1997, for his novel Saaivu Naarkkaali (The Reclining Chair), which was published in 1995.  He bagged eight awards, including one from the Tamilnadu Kalai Ilakkiya Perumandram in 1992.

May 11

ITC Chairman Y.C. Deveshwar
ITC Chairman Y.C. Deveshwar (72) passed away after a brief illness. He has served as a director in the central board of the Reserve Bank of India and the Air India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011. After stepping down from executive role in 2017 Deveshwar remained as a chairman in non-executive capacity. He won many accolades during his two-decade long stewardship of the company.
ITC is now a conglomerate whose activities have spilled over from cigarette to other FMCG, hotels, paper and agri-business.
Deveshwar joined ITC in 1968, became a director in 1984 and was appointed the chief executive and chairman on January 1, 1996.

May 8

Madhava Menon passed away
Dr. NR Madhava Menon (84), the renowned academician, who is also known as the Grand Patriarch of Legal Education, father of modern Indian Legal Education, has passed away in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The nation honoured him with the Padma Sri in 2003.
He was the key figure in changing the face of Indian legal education by pioneering the establishment of National Law Schools.
He is credited with the conceptualization of five year integrated LLB course, in place of the earlier 3-year course He was the founder Director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the founder Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).


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