K.V. Srinivasan, Special News Photographer, The Hindu, who had worked with the organisation for 20 years, passed away early on Monday in Chennai. He suffered from chest pain and fainted while covering the Vaikunta Ekadesi festivities at the Sri Parthasarathy Perumal temple in Triplicane. Though he was given immediate medical attention at the temple and rushed to the Government Royapettah Hospital, doctors pronounced him brought dead. He was 56.
A postgraduate degree holder in Sanskrit from the Vivekananda College (M.A. Sanskrit), Srinivasan had worked as a telephone operator in a private company for some time. Later, he went on to do freelance work. His career with newspapers began with TheFinancial Express, where he worked for a few years before joining The Peninsula in Doha, Qatar; later he worked with the Indian Express. He joined The Hindu in 2002.
Srinivasan was actively involved in the functioning of the Srinivasa Young Men’s Association (SYMA), a social service organisation in Triplicane and was a regular at the Sri Parthasarathy Perumal temple. He was instrumental in finding a few stone inscriptions in the temple during its renovation. He is survived by his wife Sangeetha and two sons.
T.N. Governor, CM and leaders condole death
Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of K.V. Srinivasan. In an official tweet, he said: His remarkable contributions to journalism and social welfare will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace in the heavenly abode.
Chief Minister M.K. Stalin also condoled the passing of Srinivasan. He announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakh for his family from the Journalists Family Welfare Fund.
DMK MP Kanimozhi also visited the house of Srinivasan and paid her respect on Monday.
Tamil Nadu Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, P.K. Sekarbabu, who expressed his condolences to the bereaved family, recalled how Srinivasan would be seen at many events related to temples. He was present even at the Thiruppaavai singing event held on Saturday, just two days before his demise.
Former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, in his condolence message said that he was saddened by the death of Srinivasan, who had been a journalist for over 30 years in several publications.
Minister for Youth Welfare and Sports Development, Udhayanidhi Stalin, accompanied by Health Minister Ma. Subramanian to pay homage at the home of Srinivasan in Triplicane. He expressed grief over Srinivasan’s sudden passing.
Tamil Maanila Congress leader G. K. Vasan, who visited the home of Srinivasan and offered condolences to his family, said he had known Srinivasan for several years and that he was a person, who was ready to help anyone.
SYMA former president T.J. Ramani said Srinivasan’s sudden death was a loss for residents of Triplicane. He was very much involved in the activities of the association, he added.
president Anbumani Ramadoss in a statement here expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Srinivasan. TNCC president K.S. Alagiri in a message here expressed shock and sadness over the death. He said The Hindu always published very unique and reliable photos. Srinivasan excelled when it came to capturing photos suitable for The Hindu. His death is an irreparable loss for The Hindu Group and the field of journalism, he added.
The Chennnai Nirubargal Sangam (Madras Reporters Guild) and the Chennai Press Club have also condoled Srinivasan’s passing.