The fact that he dug in his heels in the State, when others were fleeing, his towering presence, his love for music and his silence which conveyed more than words were among the aspects that found mention at a condolence meeting of R.P. Goenka arranged by FICCI, the Indian Chamber of Commerce, CII and the Merchants Chamber of Commerce.

Among those present were: S.K. Birla, Deepak Khaitan, Sisir Bajoria, K.K. Bangur, C.K. Dhanuka, Guarav Swarup, Dipak Jalan, Rajiv Mundhra, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Rajya Sabha member N.K. Singh and West Bengal Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra

Mr. Chatterjee said that as far as West Bengal was concerned there was no question of repaying the debt to Goenka who expanded his business activity here during difficult times.

Speaking of a man he knew for 49 years, Mr. Singh said that it was wrong to describe Goenka as a takeover king. “He should be called makeover king as he shaped lives by taking keen interest on academia, society and heritage. He leaves behind a challenge for this generation,” he said.

CII, eastern region chief Harsh Neotia reminisced how Goenka got on well across the rainbow spectrum of political parties despite being a Congressman all his life.

Gaurav Swarup, representing FICCI, said that the takeover specialist spoke little, selecting his words carefully but always leaving a profound impact.

Mr Mitra, besides condoling the death on behalf of the State government said that on his personal front as a music-lover he was thankful to Goenka for taking over the erstwhile Gramophone Company of India.