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Category: Obituaries

Former Australian Test cricketer all-rounder Eric Freeman passes away

Eric Freeman
  • Former Australia Test all-rounder, Eric Freeman has passed away. He made his Test debut against India at the Gabba (Brisbane Cricket Ground) in 1968 during which his opening shot was a six, and he became the first player to attain the feat.

Aerospace Scientist Shri Roddam Narasimha passes away

Roddam Narasimha
  • Famous aerospace scientist and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Roddam Narasimha has passed away. He had served at the esteemed Indian Institute of Science (IISc), where he taught Aerospace Engineering from 1962 to 1999.

‘Hind Kesari’-winning wrestler Sripati Khanchanale passes away

Sripati Khanchanale
  • Famous Indian wrestler, Sripati Khanchanale, who had won the esteemed ‘Hind Kesari’ title in 1959, passed away.
  • In 1959, Khanchanale won the ‘Hind Kesari’ title by defeating wrestler Rustam-e-Punjab Battasingh at the New Railway Stadium in Delhi.

Famous Sanskrit Scholar Vidyavachaspati Govindacharya passes away

Vidyavachaspati Govindacharya
  • Famous Sanskrit scholar, Vidyavachaspati Bannanje Govindacharya has passed away.
  • He was well versed in Veda Bhashya, Upanishad Bhashya, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas and had penned commentaries on Veda Suktas, Upanishads, Shata Rudriya, Brahma Sutra Bhashya, and Gita Bhashya.

Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero Paolo Rossi passes away

Paolo Rossi
  • Paolo Rossi of Italy, who scored 6 goals in the 1982 World Cup, passed away.
  • He is the only male player in history to get the World Cup, the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball and Ballon d’Or in the same year.

All India Radio writer Madhukar Gangadhar passes away

Madhukar Gangadhar
  • Eminent Hindi writer, Madhukar Gangadhar passed away. He was the head storyteller of the new story movement.
  • He was an accomplice of Renuji in Patna Akashvani, director of All India Radio in Allahabad & Deputy Director General at Delhi AIR.

Veteran Marathi actor Ravi Patwardhan passes away

Ravi Patwardhan
  • Ravi Patwardhan, a popular person in the Marathi entertainment industry, has passed away. The veteran actor became a household name for his role in the Marathi TV series Agabai Sasubai.

Veteran Bengali actor Manu Mukherjee passes away

Manu Mukherjee
  • Veteran Bengali actor Manu Mukherjee passed away. He began his film career with Mrinal Sen’s Nil Akasher Niche (1958).
  • The actor is best learned for his roles in Satyajit Ray’s Joy Baba Felunath and Ganashatru. He had also been part of the children’s fantasy film Patalghar’.

Father of Fibre Optics Narinder Singh Kapany passes away

Narinder Singh Kapany
  • Narinder Singh Kapany, also identified as the father of fibre optics, passed away.
  • The India-born American physicist was identified as one of the seven “Unsung Heroes” by Fortune in their ‘Businessmen of the Century’ issue of November 1999.