With great grief and sorrow, we inform about the sudden and untimely demise of our colleague, Prof. T Padmanabhan often called "Paddy" by his students and colleagues. He was one of the pioneers of Indian Theoretical Physics, who also played an important role in training the young researchers through his lectures, research reviews, and excellent books. In the Indian context, he was the ultimate person to consult if there was confusion about the general theory of relativity, cosmology, or field theory in curved space time. Obviously, Paddy’s sudden disappearance is an unimaginable loss, especially to the Indian physics community. He left a rich research and academic legacy in terms of his research contributions, lectures, reviews, books he published and students he trained. His academic support to researchers working in Indian universities was phenomenal. He was closely associated with his students working as faculty in the university sector. It is therefore not surprising that today's research groups and individual researchers working in the fields of gravity and cosmology in the Indian universities are related directly or indirectly to Paddy. In particular, he played an important role in building the Centre for Theoretical Physics at Jamia Millia University, New Delhi. Professor Padmanabhan received several national and international honours and awards for his contributions to theoretical physics, including the prestigious Padma Shri and Infosys Science Foundation Prize. He did his PhD under the renowned theoretical physicist J.V. Narlikar at TIFR and became a faculty member there in 1980 being a PhD student, which is a rare phenomenon in the Indian context. Later, he moved to the Inter University Centre in Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) dubbed Narlikar’s mission for supporting research in the Indian University sector. Paddy was an important and strong pillar of IUCAA where he served as an academic dean for most of his career. He used to inspire young minds in the university sector through his public lectures and popular talks. He was an attractor for young researchers from Indian universities to the PhD programme of IUCAA. Last but not least,  Prof. Padmanabhan played an important role in forming the BRICS-AGAC of which he served as the first chairman of the board of management. On behalf of the BRICS-AGAC, we express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Prof. Padmanabhan.


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