Hyderabad: Veteran journalist Gudipoodi Srihari died of illness here on Tuesday. He was 86 years old and survived by his daughter and son.
A versatile film critic and writer who has been active in the media for over 55 years, Srihari has also served as a news presenter and ran a popular column as ‘Harivillu’ for 25 consecutive years in Eenadu. He covered cultural activities and helped spotlight several artists in Indian classical music, dance and other fields. In fact, he featured MS Rama Rao on All India Radio where his famous Sundara Kanda received universal acclaim.
The broadcast that reached the world earned the radio station letters of appreciation. The show aired for a month.
A postgraduate, his career began as a contributor in 1968 with ‘THE HINDU’ and ‘EENADU’. He was also a news broadcaster at ALL INDIA RADIO Hyderabad station for twenty years. He has contributed to the “Friday Page” and also the SUNDAY MAGAZINE SECTION in The Hindu. His story at the 125-year-old Surabhi Family Theater caught the attention of Central Academy Sangeetha nataka, Delhi, which provided financial assistance to the group.
He has also published a book on ‘Cultural Heritage’ of Andhra Pradesh and ‘Film Industry’ in Andhra Pradesh and was a member of the Script Committee of the National Film Development Corporation. He was also president of the Film Critics Association.
His popular satirical column “HARIVILLU” was carried by Eenadu for twenty-five years and enjoyed the largest readership, according to a survey conducted by the newspaper. He has also written a book on ‘Telugu film industry’.