Keralite with a legacy of 50 years in Karnataka Vidhana Soudha passes away
Bengaluru: A veteran sound engineer, C. Mukundan who worked in the Electrical Department at the Karnataka Vidhana Soudha passed away at the Manipal Hospital recently. He was 79.
Mukundan who hails from Pariyaram in Kerala’s Thrissur district had joined the Electrical Department of the Legislative Assembly way back in 1971 and had worked there until May last. From replacing a faulty bulb to ensuring that all MLAs are heard clearly through the acoustic system, Mukundan used to overlook each aspect with care. People considered him an all-in-all person and called him as ‘Guru’(which translates to master). Though electrical maintenance and illumination were his core operational areas, he also rose up to be a proficient sound engineer. There was nobody to match up to Mukundan’s acoustic management skills, claimed sources. He ensured that the voice of commoners raised through MLA’s in the Vidhana Soudha was always properly heard and even during turbulent sessions.
“He was such a workaholic that he used to sacrifice his personal time for official duty. Even if he comes to our place at Pariyaram, he used to be in a hurry to leave quickly. He was always particular that his absence, directly or indirectly, should not hinder the day-today operations in the Vidhana Soudha,” said C. Nandagopan, Mukundan's brother.
Mukundan was so committed to his job that even after his official retirement he continued to serve the electrical department. Devoid of political affiliations, he was in the good books of many political leaders. S. Suresh Kumar, present Education Minister of Karnataka when he was Law Minister earlier, had even written a column about him. Meanwhile, in Kerala, Chalakudy MLA T. J. Saneesh Kumar Joseph had a good personal relationship with Mukundan.
Mukundan is survived by his wife Indira and two sons Gopa Kumar and Sree Kumar.