Hailing from Hejamadi of the undivided Dakshina Kannada district, he was popularly known as VR. After graduating from Vijaya College, Mulki, he practiced law in Mumbai and was currently serving as an Advisor for the Mumbai Chapter of the Alumni Association of Vijaya College Mulki. He has been running a tax consultancy called Kotian & Associates and has served as a director of Bharat Bank for nearly three decades since 1991, and as Deputy Chairman for eight years in intervals.
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Mumbai: Former Executive Chairman of The Bharat Bank Co.Operative (Mumbai) Ltd., Present Director, Ex-Vice President of Billavara Association Mumbai, Honorary President of Hejamadi Billavara Sangh (Reg.), Inna Bailumane Yajamana VR Kotyan (Vasudeva Raju Kotyan aged 72.) passed away at Global Hospital, Parel on Tuesday morning after a brief illness.
He has served as Honorary Treasurer and Vice President of Billavara Association Mumbai, and has been active in the renovation work of Hejamadi Billavara Sangaha’s Guru Mandir and Baidarkala Garadi and has has donated the auditorium in his name. He was the head of the family of the Innbailu house which has a history of about 400 years near Padubidri, Udupi, and lead many religious programs such as nemotsava and others.
Devoted himself fully to day-to-day social life, VR was a humanitarian with a concern for the people. Acquainted with hundreds of medical specialists at renowned hospitals in the city, he treated hundreds of people at discounted rates, provided expensive medical facilities at huge discounts, and always cared for the needy. He recognized the educational needs of the poor and innocent students and helped them as well as widows. He was a disciplined soldier throughout his life and had a unique way of life and remained behind the scenes as a philanthropist.
VR Kotian who lived in Jeevan Apsara Housing Society on Francis Road, Vileparle West, is survived by his wife Mohini V. Kotian, two daughters Nisha Suvarna and Deepika Suvarna, daughter-in-law CA Sachin Suvarna Dubai, Colonel Lakshmish Suvarna (Srinagar Kashmir) and three grandchildren and a large numbers of friends.
Condoling his sad demise, a close friend of VR and Advisor of Spearhead Media Group CA Valerian Dalmaida said “Me and my entire family lost a best friend and well-wisher. I vividly remember the joy he had when I passed CA. He introduced me to Bharat Bank and its former Chairman late Jaya Suvarna. He was a helping hand for all Kannadigas in Mumbai, a source of life and a beacon of light. A great soul and a wonderful human being. May God give him eternal rest”