DEATHS - 2018 SEPTEMBER

September 1

Jain monk Tarun Sagar dies at 51
Jain monk Tarun Sagar passed away at Delhi's Radhapuri temple. The 51-year-old seer.
Born on June 26, 1967, in Dahoh district of Madhya Pradesh, the renowned Digambar Jain monk has a huge following in the Jain community. He was popularly known for his sermons titled 'Kadve Pravachan'. He accepted celibacy and decided to lead a life of a monk in the year 1981.

September 3

Former footballer Arthur Pereira dead
Former Maharashtra football player Arthur Pereira died.
Pereira, 70. Pereira toured Russia as a striker with the Indian team in 1971.
He also represented Maharashtra in the national championships for the Santosh Trophy from 1971 to 1976.
Pereira played for several clubs in the city, including the well-known Orkay Mills.

September 6

Bhagwati Kumar Sharma, noted Gujarati author passes away
Bhagwati Kumar Sharma noted Gujarati language author and poet passed away at the age of 84 years.
Born in the Diamond City, 1934, Sharma completed his secondary schooling in 1950 and left studies. Later he completed his Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Gujarati and English languages in 1968.
Sharma wrote novels, short stories, poetry, essays and criticism and received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandraka in 1984 and Sahitya Academy award in 1988 for his novel ‘Assoryalok’.

September 10

Noted writer Rita Jitendra dies during live show on Doordarshan's Kashmir show
It was an interview on her life but the end came suddenly for noted writer Rita Jitendra who collapsed while narrating her journey on a live TV show, leaving her friends and admirers in shock.
This happened when Rita Jitendra, an eminent educationist, was being interviewed on Doordarshan's 'Kashmir channel'.
A renowned artist, writer and social activist, Rita Jitendra, who resides in Jammu, was a guest on 'Good Morning Kashmir' show.
While narrating her journey as a writer, her voice suddenly choked and she collapsed.

September 12

Economist Vijay Shankar Vyas passes away
Vijay Shankar Vyas, an agricultural economist who had worked with two Prime Ministers as a member of their Economic Advisory Councils (EAC), passed away. He was 87.
Prof. Vyas was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006. He was a member of the EAC during the tenures of former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh. He was also Deputy Chairman of the first Rajasthan State Planning Board, apart from being Professor emeritus and former Director of the Jaipur-based Institute of Development Studies.
He had also served as a Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

September 13

Artist Mehlli Gobhai passes away
The Mumbai-based artist, Mehlli Gobhai has died at the age of 87.
Poet, curator and cultural critic Ranjit Hoskote’s tweet - an endearing image of artists Jehangir Sabavala and Mr. Gobhai along with him – recalled a friendship of three decades and “many years of conversation, travel and meetings”.

Freedom fighter Goura Chandra Mohapatra passes away at 104
Eminent freedom fighter Goura Chandra Mohapatra passed away. He was 104.
Goura Chandra Mohapatra was son of nationalist poet Kanta Kabi Laxmikant Mohapatra.
During the freedom struggle, he was the youngest prisoner lodged in Berhampur Circle Jail in 1942.

September 16

Former Union petroleum minister Satya Prakash Malviya passes away
Former Union petroleum minister Satya Prakash Malaviya died. He was 84.
Born at Malviyanagar in the city of Allahabad, the former Union minister was jailed for 18 months during the Emergency.
Mr. Malaviya had served as the petroleum minister in the cabinet headed by former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar.He also served as environment minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet. He began his political career as a member of Praja Socialist Party. He later joined the Congress.

September 17

Former Odisha Minister Dolagobinda Pradhan passes away
Noted freedom fighter and former Odisha Minister Dolagobinda Pradhan passed away. He was 93.
A follower of Mahatma Gandhi, he took part in the Quit India Movement in 1942 and got imprisoned by the then British government for 3 years and two months.
Born in Dihasahi of Cuttack, Pradhan was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Cuttack Sadar constituency twice between 1980 and 1990.
He also served as the Urban Development Minister of the state from 1989 to 1990.

September 18

Wrestling legend Andalkar passes away
Hundreds of young wrestlers bid farewell to their guru, legendary wrestler Ganpatrao Andalkar, who passed away. He was 83.
Born in a farmer's family in Sangli district in 1935, Andalkar left the village at the age of 15 and came to Kolhapur to learn wrestling. He trained at the Motibaug Talim, one of the oldest wrestling clubs of the city.
In 1960, he won the coveted 'Hind Kesari' championship and never looked back. Two years later, he achieved a rare feat of winning the gold and silver medals in two different wrestling styles (freestyle and Greco Roman in 97 kg) at the 1962 Asian Games at Jakarta. He led the wrestler’s contingent for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He was conferred with the Arjuna Award in the same year.

India’s first woman IAS officer dead
India’s first woman IAS officer after Independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, who served in the Madras State under then Chief Minister C. Rajagopalachari and at the Central government, died in Mumbai. She was 91.
Born Anna Rajam George in Kerala’s Ernakulam district in July 1927, she moved to Chennai after her schooling in Kozhikode to pursue higher education at the University of Madras.

September 19

Revolutionary leader Koteswaramma passes away
Revolutionary leader, writer and feminist Kondapalli Koteswaramma died, family
Koteswaramma, who suffered a brain hemorrhage, had celebrated her 100th birth anniversary recently.
She was a widow of Kondapalli Seetharamaiah, the founder-member of People's War Group (PWG), and was staying at her grand-daughter's house here for the past few years.

September 20

Air Marshal Randhir Singh passes away at 97
Air Marshal Randhir Singh (retd), a highly decorated Indian Air Force veteran, passed away at the age of 97.

September 21

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies at 61
Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang, one of the country’s top three leaders but with mostly ceremonial duties, died. Quang, 61.
Vietnam has no paramount ruler and is officially led by the president, prime minister and Communist Party chief. Experts say the presidency is largely ceremonial.
Quang was appointed to the role in April, 2016. Before that, he had served as Minister of Public Security, an organisation with broad powers and a remit that includes intelligence gathering and thwarting domestic and foreign threats to the party.

September 23

Former Union minister Shantaram Potdukhe passes away
Former Union minister and Congress leader Shantaram Potdukhe died. He was 86.
The four-time MP from Chandrapur in eastern Maharashtra. Potdukhe was a Union minister of state for finance in the Narasimha Rao-led government.

September 24

Former BCCI president BN Dutt passes away
Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya's mentor, passed away. He was 92.
Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88.

September 25

Renowned commentator Jasdev Singh passes away
Renowned commentator Jasdev Singh, considered the voice of Indian sports on Doordarshan, died. He was 87.
During the late '70s and early '80s, considered to be Doordarshan's best days in sports coverage, Jasdev Singh, along with Ravi Chaturvedi and Sushil Doshi, were some of the household names for sports-lovers.
Interestingly, he started his career in All India Radio in 1955 at their Jaipur station. He was also the voice of sports in AIR for a long time.

September 27

Marathi writer Kavita Mahajan passes away
Noted Marathi writer and novelist Kavita Mahajan passed away.
Mahajan, 51, was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Born in central Maharashtra, Mahajan was known for her critically acclaimed novels such as "Brr" and "Bhinna".
She had received the Sahitya Akademi award for her Marathi translation of "Rajai", a collection of short stories by Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai.

September 28

Ex-Gujarat finance minister Manoharsinh Jadeja dead
Veteran politician Manoharsinh Jadeja who had served as finance minister in the erstwhile Congress government in Gujarat died. He was 83.
Manoharsinh, popularly known as ‘Dada’, was the descendant of the royal family of Rajkot.

September 29

Renowned harmonium exponent Pandit Tulsidas Borkar dead
Legendary harmonium exponent Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passed away. He was 83.
Born in Borim, Goa, Borkar was conferred the Padma Shri in 2016 for his contributions to Indian music.
Pandit Borkar, who first learned music from his mother, Jaishree Borkar, is renowned for designing a new model of the harmonium which involved raising the level of the keyboard that was crafted and manufactured by Dashrath Bengude.


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