Former mayor's son dies in swim tragedy
Pictured during his father
Ramen's time as Camden mayor, Bhaskar Bhattacharya is pictured left,
holding his son Bhuba, now 15. Bhaskar’s wife Rohini is on the far
17 February 2006
THE son of a former Mayor of Camden was killed in a swimming accident in
India last Friday.
Bhaskar Bhattacharya, son of Ramen Bhattacharya who was a councillor from
1990 until 1994 and mayor in 1993, was drowned in Chennai in the south of
The 56-year-old documentary filmmaker went into the sea at Neelankarai in
Tamil Nadu around 6am but was caught out by a strong current. His body was
later found by local fishermen.
He lived in Delhi with his wife Rohini and their 15-year old son, Bhuba but
spent many years in Hampstead.
His father Ramen, 85, said: "We had a very big party in Chalk Farm community
centre for his birthday last year.
"When he left he said he had an assignment to film in South India but he
didn't tell me what he was doing because it was about a Shiva temple and I
am a complete atheist."
The film was the latest of his documentaries which have been broadcasted by
the BBC, National Geographic Society and Indian TV companies.
He wrote, produced and part presented a month long live shoot for Channel 4
about the massive Hindu festival the Kumbh Mela.
And Mr Bhattacharya had also worked on music videos with artists like David
Bowie and set up his own production company Maya Vision.
His father continued: "There have been so many people coming around to see
us we haven't had time to grieve.
"He was the most compassionate and loving son and that's why so many people
loved him so much. He was the eldest son of my family and his son is the
eldest son of the next generation.
"I was very proud to see the first film he was involved in which was The
Jewel in the Crown. He was a talented film maker and kept getting better.
"I spoke to him a lot on the phone, he either rang me or I rang him, he
stayed in touch and we were very close that way.
"When I spoke to Bhuba on the phone we just sobbed and sobbed for the first
two times but on the day after I called him and told him you look after your
mum and she will look after you and that I would be proud of him.
"Bhaskar used to tell me he was so happy that I came to this country because
it gave him the opportunity to do all that he wanted to do. When he went to
India he had the prestige of coming from London."
Before moving back to India Bhaskar Bhattacharya lived in Hampstead with his
parents and later as a squatter on Haverstock Hill.
A private memorial service is being held for family and close friends on