Leaders across political lines condoled the death of T Mohandas M Pai, eldest son of Dr T M A Pai, the founder of the Manipal group of institutions.
Taking to Twitter, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai expressed grief over Pai’s death and described him as a “guiding figure”.
Several cabinet ministers and former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy also condoled Pai’s demise.
Pai passed away on Sunday, the sources said.
He was also the president of the Dr T M A Pai Foundation and Manipal Media Network, which runs ‘Udayavani’.
Pai was a law graduate and is regarded as the architect of modern Manipal. He also headed ICDS Limited.
A lover of art and culture, he set up Rashtrakavi Govindapai Research Centre, Regional Resources Centre for Folk Performing Arts and MGM Yakshagana Kendra.
Pai’s mortal remains will be kept for public viewing at MGM College’s Ravindra Mantapa from 9 am to 11 am on Monday.
He is survived by four brothers and sisters.