We deeply mourn the sudden passing of Jnan-da. He was admitted to the hospital this morning, but could not survive cardiac arrest. Dr. Jnanendra Bhattacharjee was Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio and widely recognized as an eminent scholar and dedicated teacher. He was a strong leader of Cincinnati’s Bengali community, and has always represented it with pride and dignity.
Jnan-da, as he was known to many, was always enthusiastic about children’s cultural performances, and encouraged adults to leave the stage for children, when stage time was challenging to find at TSDP. He was an ardent supporter of numerous social causes and consistently generous toward many, in the Bengali community as well as at Miami and in the Oxford community.
Jnan-da is survived by his wife Tripti-di, and his children, Gourav and Mala, and scores of admirers in the tri-state communities.Our celebrations this year were bracketed by the sad demises of two of our stalwarts, on either side of our Durga Pujos.
As we offer our prayers for the departed souls, may we humbly request all members of Cincinnati Cultural Initiative to refrain from Liking or Commenting on Pujo-related photographs on the CCI Facebook page for one day, on Tuesday, Oct-7th, as a mark of respect.
Thanking you, for your kind consideration.
CCI Board of Trustees.