Veteran Journalist Turlapaty Kutumba Rao passes away

Veteran journalist and Padma Shri awardee Turlapati Kutumba Rao died following a heart attack in Vijayawada early Monday,his family sources said. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu and leaders of various political parties mourned the death of Kutumba Rao (87). 

Kutumba Rao, who became a journalist at 14, had the distinction of serving as Secretary to the first Chief Minister of Andhra state, Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu, in the 1950s. He was also an author and orator and held the Guinness World Record for presiding over more than 10,000 public meetings, according to sources. He had addressed over 20,000 events during his career that spanned over six and half decades.

He was considered a ‘walking Encyclopedia’ on politics and Telugu movies for his in-depth knowledge of the subjects. Rao later became Editor of Andhra Jyothy Telugu daily and Jyothy Chitra, the film weekly run by the same group. 

He shared a great rapport with 18 Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and had penned a book based on the interviews he did. The Government of India conferred Padma Shri on Kutumba Rao in 2002.  During the tenure of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as Chief Minister, Rao served as Chairman of the AP Library Council. 

He won numerous awards while the Andhra Viswa Kala Parishad conferred the Kala Prapoorna (honorary doctorate).  “Andhra Pradesh has lost a multi-faceted talent in the demise of Rao. The numerous awards and accolades he won, reflected Raos immense talents,” TDP President Chandrababu said. 

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