Veteran Journalist G.S. Varadachari passes away

Goverdhana Sundara Varadachari, renowned editor and journalism professor, died on Thursday at KIMS Hospital after a brief illness. He was 90 years old and leaves behind two sons, two daughters and many relatives and friends. Born in Armoor in Nizamabad district in 1932, Varadachari began his journalistic career as a sub-editor. Andhra Janata Before leaving in 1956 Andhra Bhoomi five years later he served as News editor for two decades. He was an assistant editor, Eenadu Until 1988, when he entered journalism teaching. He was responsible for establishing the Department of Journalism at the Telugu University, and continued as a visiting professor after his retirement. Appointed Ombudsman of Telugu television channel, HMTV. Varadachari also taught in various State universities and wrote course content for them. A father figure, GSV, as he was known to his friends, wrote several books on journalism, apart from his autobiography. He was the president of AP Journalists Union, founder member of Hyderabad Press Club, president of Journalists Housing Cooperative Society and secretary of Film Critics Association. He was the founding president of the Association of Veteran Journalists. Varadachari received several awards and felicitations, important among them Patrakar Siromani (Kolkata), honorary doctorate from Telugu University, State government award for outstanding contribution to Journalism and Narla Venkateswara Rao award. Dasu Kesava Rao, President, and Konda Lakshmana Rao, Secretary, Association of Veteran Journalists have expressed deep sorrow over the death of Varadachari, who was the President till recently. Varadachari has been remembered for his outstanding contribution to journalism in general and to the Association of Veteran Journalists in particular. The association felicitated Varadachari recently and on the occasion brought out a special volume titled ‘Parinatha Paatrikeyam – GS Varadachari’. The final writings will be done on Friday at the Panjagutta crematorium.

Ministers V. Prashanth Reddy, E. Dayakar Rao, Rajya Sabha members V. Ravichandra mourned Varadachary’s death. Varadachary’s services extended to the field of journalism have been recalled.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed condolences over the death of senior journalist GS Varadachari. He said that Varadachari, hailing from Nizamabad district, had extended his service to journalism for four decades. The Chief Minister conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved relatives.

KL Reddy is dead

Another veteran journalist Kancharla Lakshma Reddy died on Wednesday at the age of 92. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao expressed his condolences on the death of the senior journalist. KL Reddy recalled the services rendered to the press area, the erstwhile Nalgonda district. The Chief Minister expressed his deep grief to the bereaved relatives and friends.

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