Mangaluru, December 23: S R Heggade (65), an ex-serviceman, who was an efficient writer, organizer, and editor of a publication, expired on Monday December 22nd at Mangaluru while taking holy dip at Arabian Sea on the account of Yellamavasya.
Heggade, who had settled down in Bengaluru, had come to his native place in Suratkal on Sunday. At around 9 am on Monday, he had been to the sea near Marigudi in Tadambail, Suratkal, along with his driver to take a holy dip. The driver who stood by the shore observed Heggade had been taken away by the huge waves and conveyed the same to the family. Local Fishermen said that there were violent tides on Monday. His body was recovered in the afternoon near Mallamar Beach of Suratkal.
Heggade, was the son of the late Polali Sheenappa Heggade, who had taken initiative in Tulu movement. His mother is Chelairuguthu Vittamma Shedthi.
After his retirement from the army, he served for a firm at Bengaluru till his retirement. He also had been the president of Buntara Sangha Bengaluru, and secretary of Bengaluru Tulu Koota. He published several collections of short stories, apart from research articles and other literature through his Karavali Publication. His wife got involved enthusiastically in his initiatives.
Having born in the family of Chelyaru Agoli Manjanna, a legendary hero of Tulu history, Heggade had set up Agoli Manjanna Trust through which literary, cultural, and research-oriented programmes were being sponsored every year. He had also taken an active part in the recently held programme- Vishwa Tuluvere Parba.
He is survived by wife, Indira Heggade- a writer, a son and a daughter. The last rights will be performed on December 23rd said the family sources.
MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel, minister, Abhay Chandra Jain, MLA, B S Mohiyuddin Bava and scores of distinuguished personalities from various fields have mourned Heggade’s accidental death.