Founder of FMB, one of the country’s commercial banks, Natwarlal Anadkat was on Monday cremated at Hindu Crematorium in Limbe, Blantyre.
Cremation is the burning of dead body, especially as part of funeral ceremony, according to Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary.
The Anadkat’s funeral procession left Five Mwabvi Road, Namiwawa at around 14:30 hours accompanied by family, friends and the business community for the cremation ceremony in Limbe.
Upon arrival at crematorium, Anadkat’s close relations bid farewell to the deceased who lay on a stretcher beside the cremation point before proceeding with the process.
Thereafter, his close relations followed by friends and FMB staff paraded around the cremation point, rested his body on the cremation point and begun the cremation ceremony led by his eldest son, Hitesh Anadkat, who is vice chairperson of Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE)-listed FMB.
Hindu Temple chairperson Vikesh Vanzara, in an interview, expressed sadness over the departure of Anadkat, describing his death as a great loss.
“The late Anadkat was simple, family oriented and a straight-forward gentleman. He had the people’s welfare in mind and did a lot of charity work. We have worked with him and learnt a lot a lot from him; hence, we will never forget him,” he said.
The late Anadkat, who came to Malawi in 1953, was until his death, a trustee at the Hindu Seva Madal in Blantyre and made a number of charity works, which included donations of medical equipment to hospitals. He also built a hostel at the University of Malaw’s College of Medicine (CoM) in Blantyre.