Thursday, 9 October 2014

Veteran journalist MV Kamath dies at 93

MANIPAL: Former chairman of Prasar Bharati and veteran journalist Madhav Vittal Kamath, popularly kmown as MV Kamath, died at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal on Thursday. He was 93.

Kamath was the Washington correspondent of the Times of India from 1969 to 1978 and was also the editor of Illustrated Weekly of India.

"He died of cardiac arrest at 7.30am. He was suffering from spondylosis for some time," said Dr (Col) M Dayananda, medical superintendent and COO, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal.


The funeral will be held Thursday evening. His body will be kept for public viewing at Nutana Ravindra Mandapa in MGM college from 1pm to 4pm and then will be taken to his ancestral house in Kadabettu, Udupi. It will be kept there for an hour after which the funeral will be held.


Kamath was the honorary director of School of Communication, Manipal University since its inception in 1997. Kamath, celebrated his 93 birthday in the institute with the faculty and students last month.


He was awarded Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian journalism in 2004 and he has written over 50 books. The latest being one on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


He was a board member of Manipal University and a great source of inspiration for the students of the School of Communication. "In his death, Manipal University has lost a treasure," said Dr Ramdas M Pai, chancellor of the University. "He was greatly responsible for the growth of the institute, which is today among the best communication schools in the country. He will be missed by every single student and faculty alike," Dr Pai said.



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