DEATHS - 2019 July

July 19

Veteran music director-composer Khayyam whose original name is Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi passed away Mumbai. He was 92. In 2007, Khayyam was honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Creative Music by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Four years later, he was conferred with Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. He won three Filmfare Awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhie and 1982 for Umrao Jaan and a lifetime achievement award in 2010.

July 18

Former Japanese diplomat and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Yukiya Amano passed away, at the age of 72.  Amano led the IAEA since 2009, and was step down in March of this year due to illness. He served as chairman of the IAEA's policy making board of governors in 2005-06 when the agency and Mr ElBaradei were jointly awarded Nobel peace prize.

July 17

Noted social worker and Padma Shri awardee, Damodar Ganesh Bapat (84), has passed away in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. He dedicated his life to the leprosy patients and for their treatment and service. He played an instrumental role in making people understand about leprosy in tribal areas. For the last four-and-a-half decades at an ashram run by Bharatiya Kushta Nivarak Sangh (BKNS) in Janjgir-Champa district of the state.

July 3

Basant Kumar Birla, Birla Group patriarch, passed away in Mumbai at the age of 98. A doyen of the Indian industry, Mr. Birla was active in business since the age of 15 and was instrumental in a slew of business initiatives, starting with his stint as the chairman of Kesoram Industries. He was also a patron of nearly 25 educational institutions across India – from BITS Pilani and Birla Institute of Liberal Arts and Management Science to BK Birla Center for Education in Pune, Birla Institute of Management, Delhi, and Ashok Hall Girl's High School, Kolkata. His only son Aditya Vikram Birla had died in 1995. Kumaramangalam Birla is the son of Aditya and grand son of BK Birla.

July 2

Lee Iacocca, the U.S. auto executive and television pitchman and who is one of the first celebrity CEOs, has died in Bel Air, California at the age of 94. His death was caused by complications from Parkinson’s disease. He led the effort that has raised more than $700 million to restore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.