Founder of P N Gadgil Jewellers, Anant Ganesh Gadgil, popularly known as Dajikaka, breathed his last on Friday after a cardiac arrest. He was admitted to Prayag Hospital on January 2 and had been diagnosed with chest and lung infection.
The body was taken to his Tilak Road residence, Kaustubh. Around 6 pm, he was taken to the P N Gadgil Showroom on Laxmi Road, where he had established his jewellery business. A large crowd gathered to pay their last respects to Dajikaka. The nonagenarian is survived by son Vidyadhar Gadgil, daughter-in-law Vaishali Gadgil, daughter Nalini, grandson Saurabh Gadgil and two great grandsons, Aditya and Yash.
In 1958, Gadgil shifted from his hometown Sangli to Pune to diversify the family business. The same year, he opened the store on Laxmi Road. Owing to the high business values, such as integrity and sincerity, instilled by Gadgil in his employees as well as his family members, Dajikaka commanded respect from people from all walks of life.
Dajikaka was involved in several social initiatives. From reaching out with financial assistance to the Latur earthquake victims to providing free meals to the students of Pune Ved Shala and donating funds to social organisations – Gadgil, those who know him, say, was giving by nature.
He also established Global Mind Sports Foundation for promotion of sports, especially chess. During his lifetime, he was honoured with several awards for his social and trade efforts by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pune Merchants Chamber, Bombay Bullion Association, Asha Foundation, Aditya Pratishthan, Suryadatta Foundation, Rotary Club and so on.
Gadgil’s funeral took place late in the evening at Vaikunth Crematorium. People from different backgrounds attended, including jewellers, realtors, politicians and businessmen such as Madhuri Misal, Kaustubh Marathe, Neelam Gore, Girish Bapat, Vidyadhar Anaskar, Sudhir Gadgil, D S Kulkarni and S B Majumdar.