Legendary former newscaster of All India Radio (AIR) Upendra Kumar Pahadsingh, who became a household name for his mesmerising Odia news reading in the 90s, passed away in Delhi on Monday.
The erstwhile iconic newsreader of AIR, died of cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Delhi. He was 84.
AIR News Cuttack took to microblogging site Twitter to break the sad news and wrote, “Former senior news reader of All India Radio, Upendra Kumar Pahadsingh Passes away.”
Former senior news reader of All India Radio, Upendra Kumar Pahadsingh Passes away .— AIR News Cuttack (ଆକାଶବାଣୀ ସମାଚାର କଟକ) #We4Vaccine (@airnews_cuttack) June 29, 2021
Speaking to OTV, the popular newscaster’s son Dilip Pahadsingh said, “My father passed away at Max Hospital, Delhi at 4 pm today while undergoing treatment. We had admitted him to the hospital due to Hypoglycemia (drop in blood sugar (glucose) level). Other complications followed after the hospitalisation and he stayed at the hospital for around one and a half months. However, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest at 4 pm today and passed away.”
In the 90s, Pahadsingh was one of the most popular newscasters of Odia news being aired from Delhi. His unique style of news reading had fascinated millions of listeners.
Soon after the news of the demise of Pahadsingh broke, message of condolences poured in from different quarters.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan condoled the death of Pahadsingh and said his voice and long-standing reading of news attracted millions of listeners.
ବେତାର ସମ୍ବାଦ ପଠନ କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ନୂତନତା ଆଣିଥିବା ଶ୍ରୀ ପାହାଡ଼ସିଂଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ରେଡ଼ିଓ ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ବିଶାଳ ଶୂନ୍ୟସ୍ଥାନ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରିଛି । ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି ।— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 29, 2021