The founder of RPG Enterprises, Rama Prasad Goenka, who came to be known as a takeover artist in the 1980s, died at his Kolkata residence on Sunday. He was 83 and is survived by his wife Sushila and sons Harsh Vardhan and Sanjiv.
Born on March 1, 1930 to Keshav Prasad Goenka and Rukmini Devi, RP Goenka founded RPG Enterprises in 1979. That year, his group posted an annual turnover of R109 crore, which grew to around R30,000 crore.
On July 13, 2011, Goenka divided RPG Enterprises, which included tyre maker CEAT, power company CESC, music firm Saregama, among others, between his sons.
While Harsh Vardhan retained the RPG Enterprises brand as the chairman, Sanjiv created a new brand RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group. The father was the chairman emeritus of both.
When the news of his death broke, industrialists started arriving at Goenka Niwas.
West Bengal commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee and the state urban development minister Firhad Hakim also came to pay their respects.
Around 10.30 am, a white carriage carryied his body to Keoratala crematorium in South Kolkata, where his last rituals were performed by his two sons.
Besides industry, Goenka also took interest in politics, and became a Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan in 2000.
Goenka, a graduate of Kolkata's Presidency College preferred wearing Bengali-style dhoti-kurta.
A Lata Mangeshkar fan, he also set up a number of temples including the famous Mahalakshmi temple at Khidderpore in Kolkata.