Pran Kumar Sharma: Popularly known as Pran, he was creator of the iconic comic character Chacha Chaudhry. He died on 6 August 2014, at age 75, leaving behind a unmatched legacy in the cartooning landscape that comic aficionados believe will be hard to fill. He began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for the Delhi-based newspaper Milap with comic strip Daabu. In 1969, he sketched Chacha Chaudhary—the neighbourhood genius who rapidly became a household name and endeared himself to both children and grownups alike—for the Hindi magazine Lotpot, which made him famous. Pran gave a home-grown comic character to Indians who up till then had to make do with reproductions of foreign titles like ‘Phantom’ and ‘Superman’.

Robin Williams: Versatile Hollywood actor whose madcap comic style made him one of television and film’s biggest stars, died on 11 August 2014 from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California. He was 63.

B.K.S. Iyengar: World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga, he died on 20 August 2014 at age 96.

U.R. Ananthamurthy:  Jnanpith award winning litterateur, contemporary writer, critic in the Kannada language and one of the pioneers of the Navya movement, he died on 22 August 2014, at age 81.  Aside from being a writer, Dr. Ananthamurthy wore many hats, including that of an English teacher, Vice-Chancellor, Sahitya Academy Chairman, National Book Trust President, and the head of Film and Television Institute of India.  Samskara, his first novel, was a landmark. The novel looked at the caste system, religious codes, culture and traditions and the uncertain relationship between traditional and cultural values.

Richard Attenborough: British actor and film director, he died on 22 August 2014, at the age of 90. One of his greatest achievements was making the cinematic tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, for which he won an Oscar for best director.

Bipan Chandra: Prominent historian, considered India’s foremost scholars on Mahatma Gandhi, died on 30 August 2014 at age 86. A Padma Bhushan awardee, he wrote several books on Indian history and politics during his lifetime.


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