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Forging industry pioneer Neelkanth Kalyani passes away

Lalatendu Mishra
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Neelkanth Kalyani
Neelkanth Kalyani

Industrialist and agriculturist Neelkanth A. Kalyani, the founder and chairman of the over $2.5 billion Kalyani Group, passed away in Pune on Saturday.

The pioneer of the Indian forging industry, Mr. Kalyani was 87. His last rites were conducted on Sunday. Mr. Kalyani is survived by his wife Sulochana N. Kalyani, his two sons, Baba Kalyani and Gowrishankar Kalyani, and his daughter Sugandha Hiremath.

He was born on August 20, 1926, at Kolhapur in Maharashtra.

After his formal education, he joined his father in the family business of agriculture and subsequently joined the co-operative movement in South Maharashtra. As chairman of the Maharashtra State Co-operative Land Development Bank for 12 years, he was credited with advancing funds to farmers for modernisation and the use of advanced agricultural practices and methods.

He was the recipient of a doctorate in science conferred ‘honoris causa’ by Karnataka University in 1976. He was honoured with the Padmashri in 1991 for his outstanding contribution to the industry and agricultural sectors.

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it is interesting to note that he could achieve this feat in forging
industry which needed a person of highest knowledge in that field.
Four forging companies were started only to manufacture Steel forgings
in the same years public limited companies around 50 to 55 yrs ago.
one company India forge and drop stampings ltd was started in
chennai,was one of them.The Managing director was K.C.Sood and his
main qualification was Metallurgy the main subject in Forging
business.He had more than needed knowledge.His son did Masters in that
subject and had training in B&s massey Uk.At the age of 23 he came to
chennai and directly took charge of the forge plant and to the
surprise of all the other units started production within 2 yrs.
The company made profits and even declared dividend in the first year
of operation.Others including Bharat forge took few more years to
achieve that.Bharat forge grew bigger for which full credit goes
to N.A.kalyani.

from:  T.S.Gopalakrishnant
Posted on: Aug 26, 2013 at 01:47 IST
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