Shrihari L Khoday noted philanthropist and industrialist from Karnataka died on 1st November 2016 at a private hospital in Bangalore. He was in the hospital for the last one month and was being treated for Diabetes and other age-related ailments.
Doctors attending on him said that he had a severe infection and was not responding to treatments. He is survived by three sons and two daughters. His final rites took place at Amrit Mahal Estate around 3 pm on Tuesday.
Mr. Khoday was a noted industrialist and was central in developing the Khoday Group and its ancillaries. He was also a film producer and produced many hits Kannada films such as Santha Shishunala Sharifa, Mysore Mallige, and Nagamandala. Allama Prabhu directed by T S Nagabharana is yet to be released.
The state CM, Siddaramaih, former CM Jagdish Shettar and others have deeply mourned the loss of the industrialist and said that the loss to the society was irreplaceable.
Born on April 26, 1938, he was educated in Bengaluru. He was the Vice Chairman and M.D. of Khoday India Ltd since January 1, 2011 and has been a director since 1965.
He took the company from a humble beginning to dizzying heights of success through his business understanding, insight, enthusiasm and realistic approach. He also served as director in 10 public companies and over 35 privately owned companies.
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He was deeply involved in social causes and was crucial in the successful accomplishment of some projects like the relocation of the ancient Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple near Mysuru which was going to be submerged by the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam.
He started the Urs Samyuktha Paksha and also started the first pub in Bangalore. Mr. Khoday was also a great patron of art and poetry. He was a great fan of K S Narasimhaswamy’s poetry.
Srihari was very friendly and caring for everyone. Among his friends included were great stalwarts of all the major parties in the state but he rarely dabbled in politics.
Though he could not complete his graduation, he was a guide for many students and helped them in completing their research work.