In the evening of Sunday 10 September, our good friend and long-term brother Aurovilian Kanniappan suffered a road accident between Kottakarai and Visitors Centre, resulting in a severe head injury that left him unconscious. He was taken to JIPMER where, with his family nearby, he passed away at 2.30pm on Monday 11th, today. He was 65 years old.
Hailing from Edeyanchavadi, Kanniappan was one of those kids who joined us in the early seventies. At the age of 13 he accompanied his father Dhanappal, one of Auroville’s long-term forest workers, did all kinds of jobbies and was one of the first students in Meenakshi’s Ilaignarkal school. From there he worked for years at Matrimandir and Abri. Since his marriage with Dhanalakshmi, the pair lived in Shanthi community. Lately most of us know him from the Puncture Service, which he slowly built up during the last 30 years. It now is a full-fledged service located in Auroville’s service area where he and his brother Arumugam receive many an Aurovilian whose bicycle or motorised vehicle suffered a puncture or need some other repair or overhaul.
We will dearly miss him, with his slow smile, always-friendly demeanour and keen knowledge of the job at hand, – and thank him for having been with us these long years.
Our heartfelt love and strength go out to Kanniappan’s wife Dhanalakshmi, his daughter Archana and son Satyavan, and his many brothers and friends, all active in and for the City of Dawn.