Mumbai: Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed died here on Sunday morning following a brief illness, a family member said. He was 70.
Ahmed breathed his last at the Lilavati Hospital where he was admitted recently. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son.
A former Congress leader and Maharashtra minister, Ahmed was sworn-in as the governor of the north-eastern state of Manipur on May 16 this year. Prior to that he was governor of Jharkhand since September 2011.
As a Congressman, he was elected to Maharashtra legislative assembly five times from his native Nagpada constituency in south Mumbai and later served as a minister in two governments, handling various portfolios.
His funeral shall be held in Mumbai on Monday morning at 11 AM at the Rehmadabad Cemetery in Byculla, said his son Syed Zeeshan Ahmed, a prominent state Congress leader.
Expressing grief over Syed Ahmed’s demise, Maharashtra Governor CV Rao, described Ahmed as “a gentle, soft spoken and studious person”.
“Dr. Ahmed had sincere urge to address the problems of the common man. He was a writer and poet too. I convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family,” Rao said in a message.
Senior leaders of the Maharashtra and Mumbai Congress also condoled Syed Ahmed’s death.
The craft of distilling is very ancient and recipes have been handed down generations. To me, food and spirits are very culture-centric and each dish or drink is an experience of this culture and have a lot of story to it.
Every bottle of alcohol has a tale to tell and to celebrate this, over 20 international masters, distillers, mixologists and story tellers will gather in Mumbai over the weekend on a platform that celebrates the craft of distillers and distilleries. It will also be a rite of passage for the new consumer who is open to experiencing luxury beverages that are a product of passion and commitment and are produced in small batches, without any compromise on quality.
“Every bottle has a tale, waiting to be shared – of its founder, of the distiller, of the wood in which it lay, of the people who built the spirit, of the mixologist who decided to `play’ with it and more. Listen, learn and celebrate the people behind the spirits,” Keshav Prakash, who began his career as an advertising filmmaker and then travelled the world to discover the world of fine spirts, told IANS of The Vault Biennale at the Mahalakshmi Race Course.
“The craft of distilling is very ancient and recipes have been handed down generations. To me, food and spirits are very culture-centric and each dish or drink is an experience of this culture and have a lot of story to it.
“For example, making whiskey is a tradition native to Scotland, much like rum to the Caribbean, Mezcal to the Mexico and so on. These are parts of their values and teachings handed over from generation to generation, with much love and celebration, making it an intrinsic part of a living culture,” Prakash explained.
The event is open to only 400 aficionados each day.
“We envision two kinds of visitors at the Biennale – one who are newly immersing themselves in fine spirits and others who know their single malt, gin, whiskey etc. The aim is for the curated audience to meet curated brands and learn about their stories. We consciously wanted to create a small, well-curated festival that encourages such conversations amongst the visitors,” Prakash elaborated.
Over 50 handpicked fine beverage brands like Kilchoman Machir Bay, Rémy Martin, Cotswolds Gin, and Amrut Peated Port Pipe. Leading the audience will be mixologists from World’s 50 Best Bars, among them Hiroyasu Kayama of Tokyo, Alex Simonidis & Georgia Georgakopoulou of Athens and Jose Luis Leon of Mexico City. (IANS)