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Senior Journalist Shri GS Varadachari, passed away today!
Hyderabad, November 3rd2022: Shri, senior journalist GS Varadachari, died today at 12:45 p.m. on his way to hospital. He had been suffering from an age-related illness for a few days and passed away peacefully. His last rites will be performed at Panjagutta Smashana Vatika, tomorrow Friday 4e November at 10 a.m.
He was born in Armoor in Nizamabad on the 15the October 1932. He did his Bachelor of Arts degree from Osmania University in 1954; Graduated in Journalism from Osmania University in 1956 and did LL.B. from Osmania University in 1959. He started his journalism career with Andhra Janata in 1948. He was a critic of cinema and journalist in the Telugu language. He was Deputy Editor of Andhra Bhoomi until his retirement in 1988. He is survived by two sons Sri Harsha and Srivatsa and two daughters Subha and Soumya. He lived with his two sons in his own residence at Journalist Colony, Road No 3, Banjara Hills. His daughters are staying abroad in the USA and all are well settled.
His journalistic career included stints as deputy editor, Eenadu, from November 21, 1983 to December 26, 1988; news editor, Andhra Bhoomi, March 4, 1961 to November 20, 1982; Assistant Editor, Andhra Janatha, from June 26, 1956 to March 3, 1961. Visiting Professor of Journalism, Potti Sriramulu Telugu University from 23rd December 1988 to June 30, 2010. Professor, Indian School of Journalism of hmtv, since August 16, 2010 and News Ombudsman for hmtv, 24 hour news channel, December 31, 2013.
He was the chairman of Telugu Bhashoyama Samakhya, which fights for the use of the Telugu language in government, until his death. He received an honorary doctorate from Telugu University for journalism.
He received several awards including Patrakar Siromani title conferred by Sarva Bhasha Patrakar Sammelan held in Kolkata on 26e November 1976 to celebrate the 150e anniversary of Udant Marhand, the first Hindi newspaper; Prathibha Puraskarm in Journalism from PS Telugu University, in 1999; Dasari Gold Medal for Best Film Journalist in 1986; Title of Patrika Rachanacharya conferred by Kinnera on the office of sashtipurthy on the 24the October – 1992; Visishta Purakaram for Journalism presented by Govt. from Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of Vyaya Ugadi, 2006; Doctor of Letters (D. Litt, Honoris causa) awarded by PS Telugu University on 26e February 2007; Narla Lifetime Achievement Award as Best Journalist by PA Government for the year 2005; Vishala Bharati Gourava Puraskar for literature donated by Delhi Telugu Academy 201; Krishna Jilla Writers Association Mukkamala Nagabhushanam Journalist Award 2011; Dr, Tirumala Ramachandra Puraskaram, by Kinnera Arts, Hyd. 2013; World Telugu Federation BSRKroshna Memorial Award. Chennai, 2014 and Sri Ramanavami Puraskaram of Sanathana Dharma Sabha Charitable Trust, 8e April 2014;
He has held a variety of positions, including member of the AP Govt.-1976-78 Film Grants Committee; Advisory Committee of Member States on Cultural Affairs-1981; committee member of Nandi Film Awards 1983, 2003 and 2007; committee member of Nandi TV Awards 2002; Member of the PA Press Academy-1999-2001; Member of Door Darshan Film Review Committee, Hyderabad-2004-2006; Member, Board of Governors, Rachana College of Journalism; Organization of six week-long workshops for rural reporters working in all districts of PA under the extension service of PS Telugu University; President, AP Union of Working Journalists’-1980-81; Secretary APUWJ-1962-64; Secretary General APUWJ-1964-66; Founding Secretary of the Press Club of Hyderabad-1963-64; President, Journalists’ Cooperative. Housing Corporation – 1975-78; President, Journalists’ Colony Welfare Association – 1986-90, 2001; President, Hyderabad Film Critics Association-1962-83 & 1985-88; President, AP Cinegoers’ Association since 1977; Chairman, Telugu Bhasha Chaitanya Samithi and Chairman, Association of Veteran Journalists from 2006 to August 2022.