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Dr. Mukul Ranjan Banerjee

 – December 6, 2019

With heavy heart we want to convey the sad news that our dear Mukulda is no longer with us. He was founder member of Bengali Association of Greater Nashville and was always involved with all BAGN activities. Please see below the message from his daughter Sumita Keller. We convey our deepest condolences to his family and pray for his departed soul to rest in eternal peace in Heaven. Sincerely, Ashok K. Saha, Chairperson, BAGN 2019-20 The following has been shared by Dr. Banerjee’s daughter Sumita. In Memory of Dr. Mukul Ranjan Banerjee Dr. Mukul Banerjee peacefully passed on Friday evening at home with his family at his side. Visitation and services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at West Harpeth Funeral Home (6962 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209). In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make donations to Meharry Medical College ( in memory of Dr. Mukul Banerjee.


Dr. Kanailal Mookherjee

 – December 20th 15, 2018

An Era has come to an end. With heavy heart, we would like to inform you all that our beloved ‘Mesomosai’ – Kanai Lal Mukherjee is no longer with us. He passed away on December 20th, 2018 at age 89 in Nashville, TN. We offer our condolences on behalf of BAGN to the family and pray for his soul for eternal peace. His life was celebrated on Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 6 pm – 9 pm at Sri Ganesha Temple, 527 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209. The family welcomes you to make donations to the following fund created in his memory to support childhood education. Contact Rohini ( for questions. “Mesomosai” was very special for many reasons and a true inspirational for many due to his view towards life and immense contribution in BAGN and society at large. He was our guide, mentor in various manner and had been instrumental to get next stage ready specially performing puja and other activities in BAGN. He was also a ‘Guru’ in true sense as countless kids got their first “hatekhari” from him and for many of them he was their Dear ‘Dadu’ here in Nashville. Many of us had the opportunity to see and learn various things from him closely, and it’s a big vacuum that may or may not be filled in years to come. The following obituary has been written by her grand-daughter Rohini Chakravarthy. Dr. Kanailal Mookherjee Dr. Mukherjee, known by many names (Dadu/Thaku/Babujee/Meshomasai/Cyber Grandpa/Kanuda/Mastersaheb/Room 222), inspired others with his contagious joy, positive attitude, and resilience. He was still joking hours before his death. Dr. Kanai Mukherjee, was born in Banaras, India. He grew up at the banks of the Ganges River, the eighth of eleven children. In his childhood he learned how to do Hindu rituals from his blind father. He eventually went on to college, where he received a B.Sc. in Agriculture, Ph.D in plant physiology, along with a marriage certificate to a highly-educated trailblazer, Bibha Mukherjee. In 1960 Dr. Muhkerjee accompanied his wife to the United States when she enrolled in a PhD program in Iowa. He later immigrated to the US with his family in 1968 and became a professor at Essex Community College, a Fulbright professor, and a respected priest in the Baltimore community, where the family settled. He authored several works on applying medical laboratory technology in developing nations. Later in life he started a nonprofit organization, Association of Grandparents of Indian Immigrants (, devoted to spreading knowledge of Hinduism and Indian history and culture. His latest project was a compilation of all the major Bengali Hindu rituals, with translations, audio recordings, and detailed explanations. His works have touched the lives of countless people across the globe. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Bibha Mukherjee. He is survived by his pride and joy — his three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Dr. Harsha Nath Mookherjee

 September 1, 1935 – August 7, 2018

With heavy heart we want to convey that our beloved Harsha Nath Mookherjee is no longer with us. We offer our condolences on behalf of BAGN to the family and pray for his soul for eternal peace. All were invited to join the services (Shraddha and Puja) on 11 am, this Saturday (August 11, 2018) at Franklin Inn (Best Western), 1308 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN 37064. This was an open invitation from his daughter, Dr. Paramita Mookherjee to anyone who wants to join this ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions might be made to The Mookherjee Award at TTU. The following obituary has been written by her. Sincerely, BAGN Coordinating Committee Dr. Harsha Nath Mookherjee Dr Harsha Nath Mookherjee was born September 1, 1935 in Kolkata, India to the late Kanai Lal Mookherjee and Kamala Chatterjee Mookherjee. Dr. Mookherjee and his wife, Ira Ganguly Mookherjee, moved to the US from India in 1967 for him to pursue doctoral studies at Mississippi State University, where he was awarded his PhD in 1971. In 1970, he joined the faculty at Tennessee Tech University where he remained until his retirement as a full professor in 2008 as one of the most published faculty in the Department of Sociology and Political Science. He was an internationally respected authority in sociology and anthropology, became a Fulbright Scholar in 1985 where he was awarded the Fulbright to teach in Papua New Guinea. Dr. Mookherjee cared deeply about his students, establishing The Mookherjee Award, a scholarship for TTU sociology majors that encouraged publishing and academic excellence. He received numerous major grants for an Alcohol Safety Program he oversaw in the Upper Cumberland Area. As a founding member of the local Indian community, he helped to organize religious and cultural outreach programs across the Middle Tennessee region. He and his wife participated in the TTU Host Family Program (ICHA) since its inception in 1970 and he served as President of the ICHU Board for many years. Dr. Mookherjee was a member of the Cookeville Noonday Rotary. He was a dedicated teacher and wonderful mentor, respected and beloved colleague, and cherished friend who will be missed by many in the Cookeville community. At the age of 82, Dr. Mookherjee passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in his home at Cookeville, TN. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ira; daughter, Paramita (Mita) Mookherjee, son-in-law, Nikita Synytskyy, and grandson, Dmitriy Mookherjee Synytskyy, of Seattle, WA; and three sisters that reside in India.

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