Mumbai: Noted businessman, Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and philanthropist, who was instrumental in establishing and running various educational institutions, charitable trusts and healthcare centers, died in Dubai on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 84.
Abdul Razzak Kalsekar is survived by his wife, six sons and three daughters. Except for the daughter who is married in Mumbai, all his children live in Dubai.
According to family sources, Abdul Razzak Kalsekar was hospitalised ever since he went into coma about two years back in December 2012. He died in Dubai on Monday at around 10:30 a.m. IST.
His funeral, held in Dubai at around 05:00 in the evening the same day, was attended by a large number of people of Indian and UAE nationalities. Many people from Mumbai flew to Dubai just to attend his funeral.
Many schools and colleges in Mumbai and Mumbai suburbs have declared a holiday on Tuesday to mourn the sad demise of Haji Abdul Razzak Kalsekar.
Abdul Razzak Kalsekar was born in 'Dasur', a small village in Ratnagiri's Rajapur Tehsil, in a poor family. After struggling in his early life, he migrated to UAE, later launching the popular perfume brand 'Rasasi' through the manufacturing unit Rasasi Perfumes Industry LLC (UAE).
Abdul Razzak Kalsekar established under his patronage Kalsekar Trust, Kalsekar College, Kalsekar Polytechnic and Kalsekar Hospital among many other charitable institutions. His special interest lay in the education sector and he had established many schools, colleges and orphanages.
He denoted a huge sum (estimated to be about 75 crore rupees) for the establishment of Anjuman-e-Islam's Kalsekar Technical Campus in New Panvel.
In another landmark move, Abdul Razzak Kalsekar founded Pharos Educational Trust through which he patronised hundreds of students across India especially in Mumbai and Maharashtra, and donated huge amounts for the higher education of these poor students.