Sanjay Badakere passes away in Auckland

Body being donated for medical research

Venkat Raman
Auckland, May 5, 2020

Sanjay Badakere

It is with great regret that we report the passing of popular community man Sanjay Badakere about an hour ago (around 630 pm) at the Hospital in West Auckland.

He was 68 years old and fought a brave battle against odds.

There will be no funeral service since Mr Badakere has donated his body for medical research.

He left behind his wife Sandhya Rao Badakere (a popular Hindustani Music Teacher and performer at concerts), their daughters Priyanka and Ritika and their respective husbands Siddharth and Jatin Puri. Priyanka and Siddarth live in the US.

Disciplined accountant

This Reporter has known the members of the Badakere family since their arrival in New Zealand about 17 years ago. Mr Badakere is a qualified accountant who worked in a number of commercial establishments, before establishing franchise offices of SBA Small Business Accounting in Mount Roskill and Pakuranga about ten years ago.

Soft and extremely gentle in his manners, he was known for choosing his customers and keeping them ‘clean and disciplined.’

His forgiving approach and affable manners endeared him to colleagues and a large circle of friends in New Zealand and India.

His life would be a model for those seeking finesse and high values.

Artistic proclivities

Mr Badakere was an ideal husband and father, and encouraged Sandhya to establish her Swar Sadhana Academy of Indian Music, which today has three branches in Auckland conducting musical classes, voice training and other forms of performing arts.

He personally chose the songs for the annual programmes conducted in the ‘Suneheri Yaadein’  series, the last of which was held as at tribute to Rahul Dev Burman on May 25, 2019.

He had selected the songs for this year’s programme (Tribute to Shankar Jaikishan), which has been postponed to 2021 in view of Covid-19 lockdown.

Mr Badakere’s gesture of donating his body for medical research is considered noble. Five years ago, Sandhya’ mother Sudha Rao also donated her body for medical research following her death on April 25, 2015 (ANZAC Day).

Sanjay had always adopted a philosophical approach to life.

“Do not pause to mourn. The world must go on. Forget all the harm that anyone could have caused to you or to someone known to you. Everything is a part of life,” he would say.

Indian Newslink conveys its heartfelt condolences to Sandhya, Priyanka, Ritika and their respective families on this loss. We stand by them in their bereavement.

We pray that the departed soul should rest in peace.

Sanjay Badakere was one of a kind.

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