According to the reports, ‘Deaths in 2016’ is the most edited page in Wikipedia with 18,230 edits this year. The year had a number of deaths including the death of legends, stars, leaders and sportsmen. Starting with the legendary singer David Bowie, British actor Alan Rickman (popularly known for his role as ‘Snape’ in Harry Potter), award-winning music performer Prince, the tragic death of the Brazilian football team along with other people in the plane crash and the list goes on. George Michael, popularly known for his song ‘Last Christmas’ was the latest to join this list on Christmas (December 25).
Apart from these foreign stars and legends, a number of Indian deaths are also to be noted this year. The former CM of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was the first to join the list of deaths this year. In the South, noted Malayali poet O N V Kurup, Tamil lyricist Na Muthukumar also left the earth this year with their sad demise. The latest was Indian actor, comedian, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer Cho Ramaswamy who died at Apollo hospital two days after his friend former CM Jayalalithaa’s death.
Taking a look at the notable women who passed away this year, this list too had many people to be talked about.
Noted danseuse and Padma Bhushan recipient Mrinalini is a classical dancer and choreographer who founded the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts. She passed away this year on January 21 after being admitted in the hospital a day before her death. The 97 year old classical dancer was the first to turn towards choreography. Besides being a dancer, she was a poet, writer and environmentalist.
Kalpana Ranjani, a South Indian actress who has acted in more than 300 films in various South Indian languages is a veteran actress herself and also sister of film actresses Urvashi and Kalaranjini. She was found unconscious in her hotel room and was brought dead to Apollo hospital on January 25. The 51-year old actress died in heart attack in Hyderabad where she was shooting for a Telugu film. She started her career in the industry as a child artiste and grew up to leading actress in South India. Her recent works include the character ‘Mary’ played by her in the Malayalam film ‘Charlie’ and as ‘Kuttan’s monther’ in Bangalore days.
She was the Permanent Representative of India to the UN Offices in Geneva and also played a decisive role in India’s negotiations on Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). She had held of many other prestigeous positions during her lifetime. She is known for her bold statement at the confrence about the treaty where she strongly said “India will not sign this unequal treaty. Not now, not ever.” She was also a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters from 1998 to 2001. She died on July 25, after a long battle with cancer.
Padma Vibhushan Mahasweta Devi is a prominent Bengali fiction-writer and social activist, known for her literary works that include Hajar Churashir Maa, Rudali, and Aranyer Adhikar. She was a diplomat who worked for the rights and empowerment of the tribals from different states of the country. She has the pride of having receieved honourable awards such as the Sahitya Akademi Award, Jnanpith Award and Ramon Magsaysay Award. The 90-year old diplomat died on July 28 after being admitted in the hospital for almost a week.
Late CM J.Jayalalithaa, who was one of the most powerful personalities in the country died in heart attack after a battle of 75-days at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai. She was an actress and an eminent politician who left a mark in many people’s heart. Her death was mourned and still mourned by a number of women in Tamil Nadu. She was fondly called as ‘Amma’ for the changes that she brought in order to empower and uplift women. She served five terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for over 14 years. She died on December 5 after suffering from two major heart attacks.