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Tabloid Journalist M J Rao of ‘Suma Sourabha’ dead

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Oct 15, 2016: Journalist M. Janardhan Rao, popularly known as MJ Rao, died this afternoon following massive heart attack. He is said to have collapsed while boarding a city bus near Bunts Hostel Circle in the city. He was aged 62 years.

M J Rao

Though he was immediately rushed to Father Muller’s Hospital, he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Rao was a well known Yakshagana enthusiast and cultural activist. He has been worked in the field of tabloid journalism for the last four decades.

He was born in a remote village called Chevar near Manjeshwar town of Kasaragod district. He later settled at Kakkepadavu near Bantwal after a purchasing farm land there.

Rao started his career as a sales man of Amrutha Patrike, then a well known tabloid newspaper of the city. He later joined the now defunct Divyavani daily in Mangalore. Later he worked under one of the founders of Amrutha Patrike, who launched a tabloid called Gold, which specialized in cheap classified advertisements.

Subsequently, he took over Suma Sourabha, a literature publication founded and run by Pankaj Savanoor and uninterruptedly ran this publication for 25 years. He also instituted the Suma Sourabha Awards, by which he honoured a number of people year after year. He was planning to celebrate silver jubilee of the publication Suma Sourabha in a big way in the coming year.

An ardent Yakashgana and Tala Maddale enthusiast Rao had been organizing cultural events.