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Obituaries: 1-15 November
Ishrat Ali Khan, former chairman of
Municipal Board, Rampur died on 7 October after a prolonged illness. He was 90.
Khan was a man of well defined principles and belonged to Rampur royal family.
He had been chairman of Municipal Board from 10 December 1964 to 24 September
1974. The members had passed a no-trust vote against the chairman. He offered
jobs to many unemployed people during his chairmanship. Often he used to give
payments to Municipal employees on his own behalf when there was less amount in
the Board. In 1974 he stood as an independent candidate for assembly election
and ranked third. During emergency he was detained under MISA. After release
from jail in 1977, instead of himself standing for election, he supported
Muhammad Azam Khan. In 1980 Congress nominated him a candidate, but
unfortunately he could not win. Ishrat Ali Khan was a true Congressman and a
Well-known Malayalam film music director AT Omer died at his Chennai
residence on 18 October at the age of 70. Omer, who had been undergoing
treatment for severe respiratory problems for the past one year, is survived by
his wife and son.
Hailing from Talasseri, Omer excelled both in football and music at an early
age. He had his basic lessons in Hindustani music from Sharat Chandra Marathe
and Kumar Bhagavatar. He was also a member of the Spirited Youths football team
The 1967 release of Talairukal, directed by MS Mani ,launched him as a music
composer. The film had Balamurali Krishna, Yesudas and S Janaki as its singers.
It was, however, Abhijatyam directed by A Vincent, that proved to be a turning
point in his career. Omer is also a recipient of the State Government film
award, and the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy.