Printing veteran HV Sheth leaves for his heavenly abode


The Indian printing industry is saddened by the demise of a beloved print personality, leader and head of various organizations, Harsh Vardhan Sheth, popularly known as “Harshad Bhai” and “Sheth Saab,” who passed away on July 27, 2017. Sheth was the chairman of Delhi-based M/s Sheth Printograph Pvt. Ltd, popularly known as “Daya Printograph”, and president of two renowned associations – IPAMA and Asia Print.

Born on February 20, 1942 in Rajkot, Gujarat, Sheth was the son of Late Shri Shantilal Sheth, a scholar of Jainism and Pali texts, and a life-long Gandhian, who started a printing press in Beawar, Rajasthan under Gurukul School, of which he was an administrator, to publish his own literary work.

Way back in 1986, the Indian Graphic Arts Industry was in a nebulous state, un-organized and non-existent with no voice to attract worthwhile attention. Sheth was one of the founder members who thought about the unity of the printing and packaging fraternity. The idea conceptualized in the mind of Sheth to form an Association in 1986. Subsequently, on 22nd August’1988, rechristened as “Indian Printing, Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers” Association” known as IPAMA. As a testament to his organisational skills, he was elected the president of the Asia Print Association during China Print on 10 May 2017. It was a milestone in IPAMA’s history, confirming the Indian association’s presence in the international printing fraternity.

He is survived by his wife Meenakshi Sheth and three children – Neeraj Sheth, Sonal Sheth and Anjali Gupta. May his soul rest in peace!

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