DEATHS - 2017 APRIL

April 1

Pop Art pioneer James Rosenquist passes away.
Artist James Rosenquist, a leading figure of the 1960s pop art movement known for his room-sized works, has died at the age of 83.
Rosenquist helped define the genre of color-bursting displays of common objects that was also championed by the likes Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

April 3

Noted scriptwriter Ajey Jhankar no more.
Noted author and filmmaker Ajey Jhankar passed away. He was 57.
Writer of well-known Marathi novel "Sarkarnama", Jhankar later produced the Marathi movie with the same name in 1998, which had won many awards.
Hollywood movie 'Singularity' by filmmakar Roland Joffe was based on Jhankar's novel 'Drohparv'. He was the co-screenwriter for the film.

April 4

Famous Hindustani classical vocalist Kishori Amonkar passes away at age 84.
Padma Vibhushan recipient classical singer Kishori Amonkar passed away at the age of 84.
Born on April 10, 1932 to Madhavdas Bhatiya and Mogubai Kurdikar, a well-known classical vocalist, she learned music under Ustad Alladiya Khan Saheb and Kesarbai Kerkar.

April 10

Carme Chacon, Spain's first female defence minister, dies.
Carme Chacon, Spain's first female defence minister and a prominent socialist party leader, has died. She was 46.
Chacon helped modernise Spain's armed forces when she took the helm of the Ministry of Defense in 2008, in the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

April 12

Akhilesh Das Gupta Former Union Minister passed away.
Former Union Minister and son of Ex-Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Babu Banarasi Das, Akhilesh Das Gupta passed away.
Akhilesh Das Gupta was the president of Badminton Association of India, vice-president of Badminton Asia Confederation, a member of the Executive Council of Badminton World Federation and vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association. As a national-level badminton player, Gupta had represented Uttar Pradesh and the country in various International Badminton Tournaments.

April 13

Renowned Malayalam actor Munshi Venu passed away aged 63.
Veteran actor Munshi Venu, who was popular in the industry for essaying supporting roles, passed away.
The 63-year old actor Venu was remembered for his role of a toothless panchayath member in Asianet News' 'Munshi', a socio-political satire.

April 14

Former J&K Governor Girish Saxena dies.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Girish Chandra Saxena, whose tenure saw a significant decline of militancy in the Valley, died.He was 90.
Saxena, who served as the governor of the troubled state twice, was lit by his grandson Varun in the presence of political leaders and senior bureaucrats, including National Security Advisor A.K. Doval.

Pioneering HIV/ AIDS researcher Mark Wainberg passes away.
Mark Wainberg, a Canadian researcher who helped revolutionize the world's understanding of HIV-AIDS at a scientific, medical and political level, has died.
Dr. Wainberg, 71, was director of the McGill University AIDS Centre and a former president of the International AIDS Society.


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