MDH owner and brand mascot 'Mahashay' Dharampal Gulati passes away

Known as 'king of spices', Gulati died on Thursday morning at the age of 98

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MDH owner and brand mascot 'Mahashay' Dharampal Gulati passes away

MDH owner, brand mascot, Mahashay, Dharampal Gulati

Dharampal Gulati, the owner and brand mascot of MDH Masala, passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 98. According to reports, Gulati was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi for the last three weeks. He suffered a cardiac arrest on Thursday morning and breathed his last at 5.30 am.

Fondly called 'dalaji' and 'Mahashayji', Gulati was born in 1923 in Sialkot, Pakistan. A school dropout, he joined his father's spice business in the early days.

After the 1947 partition, Gulati moved to India and stayed at a refugee camp in Amritsar. He then moved to Delhi and opened a store in Delhi's Karol Bagh. Gulati officially established the company in 1959.

Today, the company sells its spices across the globe such as Switzerland, Japan, the US and Canada, making Gulati the highest paid FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) CEO in India in 2017.

He was honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the country, in 2019.

Dharampal owns the Mahashay Chuni Lal Charitable Trust, which facilitates a hospital with 250 beds. It also runs a mobile hospital, which reaches out to slum dwellers. Four schools are also being run by this trust, and it provides financial support to people in need.

brand mascot MDH owner Mahashay Dharampal Gulati passes away king of spices