Vinayak V Patwardhan, a much-revered and renowned name in the printing industry, breathed his last on 7 April 2019. Patwardhan is survived by his wife and three children.
Known to all as Bapusaheb, Patwardhan also served as Mumbai Mudrak Sangh’s president. He was an adorable father figure to many stalwarts in the printing industry. Born on 8 November 1927, Patwardhan completed his graduation in Science from Ramnarain Ruia College, Bombay University.
He was also president of Maharashtra Mudran Parishad, Maharashtra Text Book Printers & Binders Association. He was twice elected as vice president (West) of All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), New Delhi. He also headed the Finance & Taxation Committee of AIFMP as chairman for 13 years.
In 2009, he was conferred with the MMS Lifetime Achievement Award, on the occasion of Printers’ Day.
During his lifetime, he founded two companies ‒ Prabhat Agency and Mangala Art Printers ‒ that catered to nationalized banks, educational institutions, insurance companies, and Maharashtra state for the production of textbooks.
Patwardhan was a valuable and highly respected member of the printers’ fraternity and his demise has caused a big void in the industry.