Sudden Demise of Dr. Sid Mittra
May 13, 1930 - May 11, 2022
With deepest sorrow, we share with you all, the sudden and shocking demise of our beloved friend and an active member of our Bengali community Dr. Sid Mittra passed away peacefully on May 11, 2022, 2 days shy of his 92nd birthday.
He was born May 13, 1930 in India, the 8th of 10 children. His father passed away when he was just 6, leaving the family destitute and desperate. From this difficult beginning, he would prove many wrong and achieve success beyond his dreams.
He accomplished much after coming to the United States in his 20’s. Obtaining a doctorate and gaining tenure as a professor just a few years after arriving, against great obstacles.
His childhood, adolescence and early career are well chronicled in his memoir (To bee or not to bee, Winning against all odds). Later he went on to write several academic textbooks and at age 50 took on a second career as a financial planner. He built that planning business into a successful one and continued to enjoy it well into his 70’s.
Dr. Mittra had a large community of friends in Michigan where he spent the majority of his life. He was one of the founding members of Bichitra.
He and his wife were the pioneers for Bichitra cultural programs in the 70s and 80s. Dr. Mitra was not only a skilled vocalist and musician, but he was equally adept at the keyboard and harmonium and a meticulous program organizer. He and his wife, Bani who was a masterful vocalist, were dedicated proponents of the Bengali culture and music in particular. They inspired and nurtured a passionately committed group of music enthusiasts who loved Rabindra Sangeet, Dwijendra Geeti and Nazrul Geeti. The Bengali Community of Michigan will remain indebted to them for setting such high standards, encouraging local talent to blossom, firing up our creative passions and presenting such memorable musical programs. Dr. Mittra was a sponsor for Bichitra Durga Puja Agomoni Programs for the last 3 years.
At a relatively young age he was sought out for advice from friends, like a wise uncle. He helped countless people with their careers, their issues with their kids, their personal problems and life in general. After living a half-century in Michigan and after losing his wife of 55 years, Bani, he moved to Minneapolis, MN. Ever the teacher, he spent his time writing a blog on financial matters that was appreciated by many at the facility he lived at in MN and by others across the country.
He will be greatly missed.
Per his wishes, no funeral services are planned. A celebration of life will be planned in Michigan at a later date.