First Telugu News Reader Shanti Swaroop No More

First Telugu news reader Shanti Swaroop no more

First Telugu news reader Shanti Swaroop breathed his last in Hyderabad on Friday.

Shanti Swaroop is a household name for Telugu people who grew up watching Doordarshan, the country’s first and official TV channel. He suffered a heart attack two days ago and passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad.

Shanti Swaroop was the pioneer in Telugu TV news anchoring and was the face of Doordarshan in the 1980s and 90s. At a time when DD was the sole TV broadcaster, Shanti Swaroop struck a chord with the Telugu people through his news reading skills. Being a qualified and trained news reader, Shanti Swaroop reflected a soft yet assertive tone with a settled and pleasant reading style. He was the quintessential traditional newsreader who was looked up to by new-age anchors and news readers.

Though Doordarshan and Shanti Swaroop took a backseat after the influx of private news and entertainment TV channels, his name and reading style are etched in Telugu people’s memories.

Shanti Swaroop won Telugu people’s hearts as a news reader and wrote novels. He is survived by his wife, Roja Ramani, who is also a news reader, and two sons.

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