Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My father Dr. Yashvant Anant Raikar

1932 – 2015

Obituary Maharashtra Times: http://maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com/maharashtra/mumbai/dr-yashwant-raikar-demise/articleshow/49785981.cms

Veteran Archaeologist and renowned research scholar Dr. Yashvant Raikar passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Thane’s Vedant Hospital. He was 83. After his PHD in History and Archaeology from Baroda’s Sayajirao Gaikawad University, he joined the Archaeological Survey of India and carried out a pioneering excavation initiative at Ita Fort in Arunachal Pradesh and was awarded Gold medal for meritorious service. He also did crucial excavation work in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

After his retirement from Government service, he joined Nehru Centre, Worli and designed and developed a permanent exhibition-centric theme titled “Discovery of India” based on Pandit Nehru’s vision of India. He was an authority on the essence and specifics of rock cut architecture. He wrote a popular column titled “Mumbai- known and Unknown” in Maharashtra Times and authored several books including an anti-autobiography titled “Damu Devbagya chi Duniya (The world of Devbag’s Damu)

He is survived by his family including his daughter Sumedha, son Sudhir, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and two grandsons.