Ananth G. Pai Executive Director, Bharath Group of Companies Passes Away
Mangaluru: Bharath Group of Companies is deeply saddened to inform of the untimely demise of Sri Ananth Ganapathi Pai (46), Executive Director, of Bharath group of companies due to cardiac arrest, on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He was in Indore to attend a business conference and passed away in his hotel room at night. He is survived by his wife Smt. Suma Ananth Pai, daughter Kum. Anvitha, younger brother Anand G. Pai and two sisters, Smt. Roopa V. Nayak and Smt, Rekha D. Kini. He was a grandson of B. Manjunath Pai, Founder of Bharath Group.
Mortal remains of Sri Ananth G. Pai will arrive from Indore by flight on Monday (15 July) morning and will be kept for public viewing and last respects at about 12:00 Noon at the premises of Bharath Beedi head office situated at Kadri, Mangalore.
Sri Ananth Ganapathi Pai was born on April 6, 1973, as the eldest son of our former chairman and managing director Sri B. Ganapathi Pai and Smt. Geetha Pai. He did his primary education at Chinmaya Primary School, secondary schooling at Canara High School Main, pre-university studies at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. Subsequently, he pursued BBM at SDM College of Business Management, Mangalore and acquired an MBA degree from Mangalore University specializing in International Marketing. He had also undergone a certificate programme in Entrepreneurship at Said Business School, Oxford University, UK.
He started his career in Bharath Group of Companies in 1994. He was presently serving as the Executive Director heading marketing and finance departments of Bharath Group which comprises various group companies like Bharath Beedi Works Pvt. Ltd., Bharath Auto Cars Pvt. Ltd. (Dealers for Maruti Suzuki cars), Alakananda Printers Pvt. Ltd. (Bharath Bookmark chain of bookshops), Bharath Printers and Karkala Investments Pvt. Ltd. He was the Director of Bharath Builders and Cineplex Pvt. Ltd (Bharath Big Cinemas multiplex).
He was an exceptionally gifted financial expert and took a keen interest in the stock market. He guided the growth of the group companies with vision and foresight. He was in charge of Strategic Planning and Diversification of the Group, and also handled the investment portfolio. Bharath Builders was his brainchild and he has the credit of pioneering the first modern shopping mall of Mangalore, namely Bharath Mall at Bejai. It was also one of the first malls to be established in entire South India in 2006.
Sri Ananth Pai was much loved for his soft-spoken and gentle personality. He was a good communicator and orator. He had most recently delivered a prestigious presentation during the Oxford Business and Poverty Conference organized by the University of Oxford at the Sheldonian Theatre on May 29, 2019. He spoke on how prosperity paradox can be used in India as a model to create good jobs for poor rural women.
Social Responsibility and Leadership:
Sri Ananth Pai had inherited a generous and philanthropic streak and involved himself in charitable, social and cultural spheres. He was a trustee of B. Manjunath Pai Cultural Foundation and Manjunath Damodar Pai Charitable Trust. He was also the Vice President of Sri Bhuvanendra College Trust, Karkala and served as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the college. He was Vice President of Chinmaya High School, Mangalore. He played an active role in the organising committee during the Jeernodhara (renovation) of Sri Venkatramana Temple, Karkala. He had served as the Honorary Secretary of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mangalore.
During his school days, Sri Ananth Pai was a passionate Boy Scout and was a recipient of prestigious President’s Scout Award for 1989-90from His Excellency Shri R. Venkataraman, President of India. He was good at debating and quiz too. He was an active NSS volunteer in his college days and was elected President of Student Union of SDM College of Management.
Sri Ananth Pai was a passionate hobby radio enthusiast. He was a licenced HAM Radio operator (with call sign VU2PAI) and had earlier served as the President of Mangalore Amateur Radio Club and Member of Governing Council of the Amateur Radio Society of India. He diligently took part in all national and international HAM Radio events and had links with other HAM enthusiasts across the world. He had won the CQ Worldwide Ham Radio Contest for many years during the last 10 years.
He was a Group Study Exchange (GSE) Scholar and through Rotary International had gone as a Goodwill Ambassador to Connecticut and Massachusetts in United States of America.
He was an avid collector and boasted of one of the largest collection of stamps, coins and currency notes in this region. His other hobbies included Indian and Western music, auto rallying, trekking and travel. He had attended workshops in disaster management, equity analysis and research.