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3Novices:'Karmayogi' Kalam's death a 'great loss for humanity', says ex-ISRO chief

3Novices:’Karmayogi’ Kalam’s death a ‘great loss for humanity’, says ex-ISRO chief

Rameswaram, July 29 (ANI): Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair on Wednesday said the demise of former president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is a great loss for humanity, and added that he will always be remembered as a ‘karamyogi’.

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'Karmayogi' Kalam's death a 'great loss for humanity', says ex-ISRO chief

Rameswaram, July 29 (ANI): Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman G. Madhavan Nair on Wednesday said the demise of former president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is a great loss for humanity, and added that he will always be remembered as a ‘karamyogi’.
“It’s a great loss for humanity. It’s such a personal loss. I will not speak of him only in the scientific realm. He was a global leader. He was caring for the humanity, and always, the downtrodden and poor people were his priority. He has lived his full life and he has given his life to the youth. He always had a passion to convey what is in his mind to the young generation,” Nair told media here.
“No wonder, God has called him back when he was serving a noble cause. He was really a karmayogi. And, I don’t think, anybody else can fill in the vacuum, which is created by the sad demise of Dr. Kalam,” he added.
Recalling some memories of his association with the late president, Nair said Dr. Kalam had requested him to come to his house quite often, and he had tried to visit the former president twice, but couldn’t. He added that it was a matter of huge regret for him that when he finally came to Kalam’s hometwon, it was to see him in a coffin, which was very sad personally.
The body of the former president was flown out from Delhi to Madurai in Tamil Nadu this morning, from where it will be taken by helicopter to Rameswaram. Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parrikar are accompanying the mortal remains to Rameswaram, where Dr. Kalam’s body will be kept today for people to pay their last respects.
His last rites will be performed at 11 a.m. tomorrow with full military honours.
Dr. Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday evening. He collapsed after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management.
His mortal remains were brought to New Delhi yesterday where a large number of people, including President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three Service Chiefs paid their homage to the departed leader.
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for two days yesterday as a mark of respect to Dr. Kalam.
The government has declared a seven-day national mourning to honour Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.
Considered one of the most popular presidents of India, Dr. Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.(ANI)

How artist Manav Gupta bonded with Kalam over nature

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) Fondly recalling his morning walks with former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhavan, artist Manav Gupta, who was commissioned by Kalam to translate his poems into visuals, says the late scientist was a “true karmayogi” and “never gave up” working for the masses.


Gupta was commissioned by Kalam to interpret his poems into paintings that were shaped over four years. The collection was published by Penguin in “The Life Tree” in 2005 during his presidency.

“He was a true karmayogi. Never, never give up, that’s the intense quality he had. He just never stopped working, he had such fervour for work, for writing, teaching, meeting children and contacting masses.

"He had this child-like quality, his death is an irreparable loss, it’s a father-figure lost,” Gupta told IANS over the phone from Delhi.

Kalam died on Monday evening in Shillong in Meghalaya.

Born and brought up in Kolkata, Gupta is a leading contemporary artist, known for his installations and mega murals as well as for promoting consciousness about environment through art, poetry and music.

Gupta said that during his engagement as the first artist-in-residence at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, he bonded well with Kalam over their love for nature.

“I was the first artist to do so (artist-in-residence). The fact that we bonded so much was because of our love for nature. Environmental consciousness is very close to my heart and for both of us learning from nature was a great connecting bond,” Gupta said.

Gupta’s collaboration or “jugalbandi” with Kalam started in 2002 when the scientist invited him to work on his poem “A National Prayer”.

In fact, Kalam was so moved by the painting that he encouraged Gupta to interpret more of his writings.

“This engagement became a project which eventually became the book ‘The Life Tree’. Over the years he gave me so much love, affection and respected my work, that itself was so satisfying,” said Gupta.

Gupta was also privileged to have been invited with his family to stay in the family wing of Rashtrapati Bhavan during weekends.

The morning walks with Kalam in the iconic Mughal Gardens impacted Gupta, who went on to capture the beauty of the sprawling landscape in a series of paintings.

“He used to talk about art, music and nature. He was very inquisitive and there was a hunger for knowledge. What was remarkable was the preservation of innocence in his personality and deep-rooted Indian ethos,” recollects Gupta.

Nature was a spontaneous inspiration for Kalam, said Gupta, who also created a painting based on the former president’s poem borne from an appreciation of beauty of fallen jasmine flowers during one of their walks.

“This Eid I wished him and never imagined he would go away,” said Gupta, whose daughter’s first birthday celebration was in Kalam’s presence.

Sushil Kumar Modi mourns APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Sushil Kumar Modi mourns APJ Abdul Kalam’s demise

Patna, Jul 28: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today mourned the death of former President APJ Abdul Kalam and described him as a “karmayogi” (a man for whom work is the sole motto of life). (Read:  Pranab Mukherjee and Narendra Modi pay tributes to APJ Abdul Kalam) “It’s a matter of great sadness that the former president has left for heavenly abode,” he told reporters on the sidelines of…

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3Novices:How artist Manav Gupta bonded with Kalam over nature

3Novices:How artist Manav Gupta bonded with Kalam over nature

Kolkata, July 28 (IANS) Fondly recalling his morning walks with former president A.P.J Abdul Kalam at the Mughal Gardens in Rashtrapati Bhavan, artist Manav Gupta, who was commissioned by Kalam to translate his poems into visuals, says the late scientist was a “true karmayogi” and “never gave up” working for the masses. Gupta was commissioned by Kalam to interpret his poems into paintings that…

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