Legendary Media Baron Ramoji Rao is no more

June 08, 2024 14:34
Legendary Media Baron Ramoji Rao is no more

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Legendary Media Baron Ramoji Rao is no more:- Ramoji Rao, the esteemed leader of the ETV Network and Ramoji Film City, sadly passed away at the age of 87 while undergoing treatment in Hyderabad today. He was urgently taken to Star Hospital in Hyderabad on June 5 after experiencing high blood pressure and difficulty breathing, but unfortunately, he did not survive and succumbed in the early hours of the day. His remains have been transferred to his residence at Ramoji Film City, and numerous prominent political figures and film personalities are expected to arrive today to pay their final respects. President Droupadi Murmu expressed her heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ramoji Rao, stating that India has "lost a titan of the media and entertainment sector". Describing him as an innovative entrepreneur, she highlighted his pioneering work in establishing the Eenadu newspaper, ETV news network, and Ramoji Film City. Awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, Ramoji Rao's success was rooted in his deep understanding of society, and his contributions to the industry will be long-remembered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mourned the passing of Ramoji Rao, calling it "extremely saddening" and recognizing him as a visionary who revolutionized the Indian media landscape.

Prime Minister Modi praised Ramoji Rao's remarkable achievements and contributions to the film industry, stating that he had set new standards for innovation and excellence in the media and entertainment sector. PM Modi expressed his fortune in having had multiple opportunities to interact with Ramoji Rao and benefit from his wisdom, acknowledging Ramoji Rao's deep passion for India's development. The Prime Minister conveyed his condolences to Ramoji Rao's family, friends, and countless admirers during this difficult time, offering his respects. Prominent leaders, including former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, and former Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, also expressed their condolences on Ramoji Rao's passing. Ramoji Rao was known to have close ties with former Andhra Pradesh chief ministers NT Rama Rao and Chandrababu Naidu, as well as several other renowned political and film personalities.

Born in 1936, Ramoji Rao led the Ramoji Group, which owns the world's largest film production facility, Ramoji Film City. He also helmed the Eenadu newspaper, one of the most widely circulated Telugu-language daily publications. In the 1980s, the rise of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was closely linked to the support from the Eenadu newspaper group. Additionally, Ramoji Rao was the driving force behind the production company Usha Kiran Movies. Earning prestigious accolades, this individual's remarkable accomplishments spanned multiple disciplines. Receiving the National Award and two prestigious Filmfare awards, their cinematic contributions were widely recognized. Furthermore, they produced an impressive portfolio of over 50 films and telefilms. In 2016, the nation bestowed upon them the coveted Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honor, acknowledging their profound impact in the realms of journalism, literature, and education.

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