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Dec 17, 2016: 2016 was an unlucky year because we lost many gems. Many eminent personalities from the political arena, art and music field etc, passed away. They left back an impression, a void which would never be refilled by a replacement. Here is a list of talented and popular personalities who left our side in 2016:

  1. Parmeshwar Godrej

Parmeshwar Godrej was an Air hostess in Air India. She married Adi Godrej at the age of 21. She was also one of India’s premier socialites. She had launched an initiative for combating AIDS, called Heroes Project in 2004 wherein she also received international support. She died on October 10, 2016 in Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.


  1. J. Jayalalithaa

Jayalalitha served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms ie. over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016. She worked as an actress in movies, primarily in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies between 1961 and 1980. She has acted in over 140 movies. She died on 5 December 2016(2016-12-05) (aged 68) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

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  1. Dileep Padgaonkar

He became the face of Indian intellectual journalism while handling the editorial team of The Times of India. He died on 25th November 2016.

  1. A.B. Bardhan

Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan was a freedom fighter, trade union leader and the former general secretary of the Communist Party of India. A.B. Bardhan passed away of a paralytic stroke in December 2015. He was admitted to the hospital where he died, aged 91, on 2 January 2016 at the Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital in New Delhi.

  1. Nida Fazli

Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli was the full name of the veteran Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer. He was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution to literature. Fazli suffered a heart attack and breathed his last on 8 February, 2016.

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  1. Balamurli Krishna

An Indian Carnatic vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, and character actor, Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna was an encompassment of innumerable talents. Balamurli was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to arts. He breathed his last on 22 November 2016(2016-11-22) (aged 86) in Chennai.

  1. S.H. Raza

Sayed Haider Raza was a painter whose works comprised of abstracts in oil or acrylic, with a very rich use of color, replete with icons from Indian cosmology as well as its philosophy. He died on July 23, 2016(2016-07-23) (aged 94) in New Delhi, India though he spent quite some parts of his life in France.

  1. Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi was an Indian Bengali fiction writer and also a social activist.Devi was voice of the tribals and the dispossessed. Movies like Rudaali and Hazar Chaurasi Ki Maa , are based on her novels. She died on July 28, 2016 in Kolkata.

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  1. Cho Ramaswamy

His real name was Srinivasa Iyer. He was was an eminent Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. An encompassment of so many talents and skills, Cho died due to cardiac arrest at 3:58 AM on 7 December 2016 at the age of 82, in Chennai.

  1. Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai was an eminent Indian classical dancer and choreographer. Sarabhai trained over 18,000 students in Bharatnatyam and Kathakali. She died on 20 January 2016.

We lost many gems in diverse fields in 2016. We can only hope that they know that the shoes that they have left behind cannot and will never be, filled by anyone else. May their souls rest in peace!

– by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @shambhavispeaks


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