Keenan Stadium’s veteran curator Maheshwar Sahoo dies in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, August 2: Jharkhand’s noted curator Maheshwar Sahoo died at Tata Main Hospital in the wee hours of Sunday after a long ailment. He was 78-year-old and was admitted to the hospital on Friday late evening.

Though he was later shifted to the Covid wing of the hospital but he tested negative and his condition deteriorated further.

The veteran curator had an open heart surgery in Kolkata a few years back. Sahoo was cremated at Parvati ghat in Bistupur this afternoon.

Sahoo lived with his family at ECC Flats in Kadma and was a former employee of Tata Steel sports wing. He is survived by his widow and four sons.

He was known for laying the first grass track at Gopal Maidan as well as other grounds in Jamshedpur and Jharkhand. He was one of the best curators who had prepared the pitch for one-day internationals at Keenan Stadium.

Maheshwar worked as a pitch curator since 1979, for over 40 years in Jamshedpur. A thorough professional with vast knowledge as a pitch curator and known for his impeccable work ethic, he was the man behind curating the Keenan Stadium pitch for the 10 One-day International matches of the Indian Cricket Team hosted there.

His work was well recognized, and he was also essential to the curation of the best-in-class football pitches. He was responsible for curating and maintaining the ground of Tata Football Academy, and the JRD Tata Sports Complex, which now hosts the ISL- Indian Super League matches of Jamshedpur FC. He also prepared grounds for the Jamshedpur Sporting Association (JSA) Leagues across various venues in the city.

Maheshwar is survived by his son Anand Sahoo, also an expert pitch curator, and his family.

“Life support system did not work and my father breathed his last at about 2 am,” Anand, a curator at Tata Football Academy (TFA), said, adding he has learnt a lot from his father on how to properly maintain grounds and wish to follow in his footsteps.

Sahoo was cremated at Parvati ghat in Bistupur this afternoon.

Sahoo lived with his family at ECC Flats in Kadma and was an ex-employee of Tata Steel sports wing. He is survived by his widow and four sons.

A gloom descended on city’s sports fraternity who remembered the curator known for his simplicity and committment .

“Sahoo was an excellent curator. A very simple man, he is credited with laying the first grass track at Gopal Maidan as well as other grounds in Jamshedpur and Jharkhand. Sahoo understood the need of cricketers and other athletes. I know the Sahoos very well,” said Avinash Kumar, former Bihar Ranji Trophy skipper and senior manager at Tata Steel sports wing.

Harbhajan Singh, an Olympian and former head of Tata Steel sports wing, said Sahoo was one of the best curators who has prepared the pitch for one-day internationals at Keenan Stadium. “I feel sad over the death of Sahoo. Besides the Keenan pitch, he (Sahoo) also prepared grounds for the Jamshedpur Sporting Association (JSA) football league,” he

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