DEATHS - 2018 MAY

May 1

Guruji Ravinder Sharma passes away
Ravinder Sharma, fondly called Guruji, the founder of Adilabad's Kala Ashram died at the age of 65 years.
A trained artist, Guruji had been awarded with Kala Ratna by the Andhra Pradesh State government in 2014. After bifurcation of the State, the Telangana government awarded him the Ugadi Puraskaram in 2015. Guruji was also conferred the D. Litt (Honoris Causa) by the SGT University, Gurugram, Haryana the same year. He had won many another minor awards during his life time.
Born in a migrant Punjabi family, Ravinder Sharma studied in a local school and showed inclination towards understanding art and also the life of the artisan communities. This quest took him to villages and localities in a radius of 20 km and during the 20 year long journeys; he explored and studied the intricacies of rural life and local technologies.

Eminent economist and former West Bengal Finance Minister Ashok Mitra dead
Noted scholar and the first Finance Minister in the Left Front government in West Bengal Ashok Mitra passed away. He was 90.
Besides serving the State Government, he also worked with the Central Government as the Chief Economic Adviser and was a member of Rajya Sabha.
A teacher of Economics, who taught in UN Economic Commission, Mitra was also associated with World Bank for many years. He also edited a Bengali magazine till his last days. Mitra was the first Finance Minister in the Left Front government after it came to power in Bengal in 1977 but resigned later following his differences with the Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.
One of Bengal’s most prolific columnists, he was known for his deep and critical analysis of society and its politics.

Former AIFF President P.P. Lakshaman passes away
Former President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and ex-member of the Appeals committee of FIFA, P.P. Lakshmanan passed away.He was 83.
He was the first Indian to be chosen as the member of FIFA's appeal committee.
"Lakshmanan had also served as" Kerala Football Association president.

Former Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif passes away
Former Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif, who was the first and only Indian Muslim so far to become the head of the Indian Air Force or of any Indian armed force, passed away.
Latif has the distinction of being associated with three different air forces- the Royal Indian Air Force, Royal Air Force and Indian Air Force - during pre - independence and post-independence era. He took part in several battles such as World War II, Indo - Pak and Indo - China wars. He also trained pilots of the Indonesian Air Force, during his illustrious career.
As chief of air staff of the Indian Air Force, he served as such from 1978 to 1981. After retirement, he also served as the governor of Maharashtra (1982–85) and later as the Indian ambassador to France, till 1988.

May 3

Malayalam detective novelist Kottayam Pushpanath dies at 80
Well-known Malayalam detective novelist Kottayam Pushpanath, who ushered a generation of readers into the world of horror and suspense, died at the age of 80.
Creator of fictional detectives Marxin and Pushparaj, has authored over hundred detective novels, many of which have been translated into other South Indian languages, apart from being adapted on screen.
Pushpanath is also credited for producing the first genuine detective story in Malayalam.
His first detective novel Chuvanna Mnushyan (the Red Man) was published in Manorajyam weekly in 1968. The weekly had serialised the novel at a time when its market was sagging. Eventually, the demand for the novel had led to Manorajyam’s resurrection.

May 4

Freedom fighter, writer Keyur Bhushan passes away
Well-known Gandhian, freedom fighter and writer Keyur Bhushan passed away.Bhushan, 90.
Bhushan, born at Janta in Bemetara district, took part in the 1942 Quit India movement as a student in Raipur, and was incarcerated.
During the 1980s, when terrorism was raging in Punjab, he had undertaken a footmarch to promote peace.
He penned novels, collections of short stories and poems. He also edited 'Sapthahik Chhattisgarh' and 'Antyoday'.
Bhushan represented Raipur constituency in the Lok Sabha in the 1990s.

Sitting BJP MLA from Karnataka B.N. Vijaykumar passes away
Sitting BJP MLA B.N. Vijaykumar died of a massive heart attack. A candidate for the May 12 assembly polls, Vijaykumar had collapsed during an election campaign in Jayanagar constituency in the city.
Vijaykumar, aged 59, was a two-time MLA from Jayanagar. He was a bachelor.

May 5

Veteran animator behind 'Sleeping Beauty' dies at 85
The maestro behind making stories coming live on screen through animation for many Walt Disney films, Dave Michener, has passed away at the age of 85.
Michener died on February 15 at his Los Angeles home due to a virus. However, the news was broken to the world very recently.
During his career span of three decades with the Walt Disney Studio, the animator and story artist worked on many classics including 'The Great Mouse Detective' (1986), 'The Fox and the Hound' (1981), 'The Rescuers' (1977), 'Oliver & Company' (1988), and 'Robin Hood' (1973).

May 6

Renowned Marathi singer Arun Date dies
Veteran Marathi singer Arun Date, known for his popular song "Shukratara",died.He was 84.
Date, famous for non-film 'bhavgeet' (lyrical poetry) songs, had crooned numbers like "Shukratara" and "Ya Janmavar", which became very popular among people.
He was the first recipient of the state government's 'Gajananrav Vatave Puraskar'.

May 10

Former MP minister Nirmal Hirawat dead
Former Madhya Pradesh minister and senior Congress leader Dr Nirmal Hirawat died. He was 74.
The Congress leader, who was well-known as a doctor among the local residents, was instrumental in getting the status of a tehsil for Katangi.
He was a member of former Chief Minister Shyama Charan Shukla's cabinet.

Former Test cricketer Rajinder Pal passes away
Former Delhi cricketer Rajinder Pal, who had represented the country in one Test match, passed away.
A right-arm medium pacer, Rajinder Pal played his only Test match against England (then known as MCC) during the 1963-64 series at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates dead
English-born film editor Anne V. Coates, who won an Academy Award for David Leans classic "Lawrence of Arabia", is dead. She was 92.
Coates received four Academy Award nominations for editing Peter Glenville's "Becket", David Lynch's "The Elephant Man", Wolfgang Petersen's "In the Line of Fire" and Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight".
Her other credits include "Young Cassidy", "The Bofors Gun", "The Public Eye", "Murder on the Orient Express", "What About Bob?", "Chaplin", "Congo", "Striptease" and Soderbergh's "Erin Brockovich".

David Goodall, Australia’s oldest scientist, ends his own life aged 104
Australia’s oldest scientist, David Goodall, has ended his own life at a clinic in Switzerland, surrounded by family and while listening to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.
The British-born 104-year-old professor was forced to travel on a one-way ticket from his home in Western Australia to Switzerland where liberal assisted dying laws allowed him to end his life legally, in contrast to Australia where it remains forbidden.
In his final hours, Goodall enjoyed his favourite dinner: fish and chips and cheesecake. And in his final minutes, he listened to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, best known for its last movement Ode to Joy, reportedly passing away shortly after the piece of music finished.

May 11

Renowned storyteller Ankit Chadha drowns in lake near Pune
Ankit Chadha, a renowned storyteller associated with the tradition of Dastangoi, died.
Chadha was known for his unique style of storytelling in Urdu. Over the past few years, he, along with the like of Himanshu Vajpayee and others, had performed at various national and international stages, including universities like Harvard, Yale and Toronto.


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