Rajesh Dalal, trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundation India, passed away in Pune on Monday. He was 61.

He is survived by his wife, a brother and two sisters.

A close associate of J. Krishnamurti, Mr. Dalal, who graduated from IIT Kanpur, abandoned a promising career to join the Rajghat Besant School, Varanasi, as a teacher in the mid-1970s. He later worked in the Rishi Valley School.

After Krishnamurti passed away in 1986, he helped develop ‘Vasanta Vihar’ in Chennai as a study centre. He also held the post of Director of the Rajghat Education Centre for some years, and was actively connected with all the other KFI schools and study centres.

He had a passion for JK’s teachings and helped many young people and newcomers delve deep into his philosophy.