Mangalore, May 23, 2018: Veteran civil engineer Cholpady Vittaldas Kamath expired early this morning (23 May) at the age of 86 years. He passed away at his daughter’s residence in Karkala at 6:30am. He is survived by his wife Sunanda and four children. His only son Devadas Kamath is a leading structural engineer practicing in Mangaluru. His three daughters are Asha Hegde, Dr. Padma Baliga and Veena Bhat.
He was a resident of Lalbagh locality of Mangaluru and lived in a flat near Hindi Prachar Samithi on Nehru Avenue Road, behind Mangaluru City Corporation.
Funeral will take place at Mangaluru at 4.30pm, according to sources.
One of the early practicing civil engineers of the city, C. V. Kamath was a popular member of his profession and considered to be a pioneer of his times. He was the son of C. Vasudev Kamath, (C. V. Kamath, Sr.), who too was a civil engineer and he had followed in his father’s footsteps.
Hailing from Gaud Saraswat Brahman (GSB) community, he was actively involved in the construction of many of the community’s notable landmarks. He was a great devotee of Shree Kashi Math Samsthan and most of the projects of the Samsthan during the last few decades were executed under his technical supervision. This includes Shree Kashi Math branch at Surathkal. He also played a key advisory role in renovation of Shri Venkatramana Temple, Karkala.
“During the 1990s, when Swami Sudhindra Tirtha, the then Matadhipathi of Kashi Math commissioned the construction of the iconic Vyasashram temple complex at Haridwar, C. V. Kamath was instrumental in employing his professional talents to materialize the vision of the swami. His services are commemorated on a marble slab on the wall at the entrance to Vyasashram,” recalled a GSB community member.
C. V. Kamath was a past president of Rotary Club of Mangalore and one of the oldest members of the GSB Seva Sangh, Mangaluru.
In recognition of his lifelong service to the profession, Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India) had honoured C. V. Kamath with Eminent Engineer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Vijaya Vishnu Mayya, Vice President South of ACCEI.