Well-known hotelier and a director of Dasaprakash Hotels S. Balakrishna Rao (78) died at his residence on Monday night. The son of K. Seetharama Rao and Kamalabai, he was a forerunner in the hospitality industry.

He was president of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India for three terms, president of South Indian Hotels and Restaurants Association of India for 10 years, and also member of the Madras Cricket Club and Madras Race Club. He is survived by 3 daughters and wife Meera.

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