Brahmanandam Kanchibhotla, (66), a New York-based senior journalist, has been the first Indian-American media person to become the victim of the dreaded Covid-19. He passed away in New York on April 6 after battling with Covid-19 for almost two weeks. He is survived by his wife Anjana, son Sudama and daughter Siujana.
According to Sudma, Brahmanandam showed symptoms of Covid-19 on March 23. When his conditions worsened, he was admitted to a hospital on Long Island in New York on March 28. Though he was given an oxygen mask, it couldn’t save him and he breathed his last on April 6.
Popularly known as Brahm in the USA, Brahmanandam hailed from Edubadu Village in Parchur mandal of Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh. He worked with Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle and United News of India (UNI) in India and with News India-Times, an ethnic news weekly, and Merger Markets, a financial publication, in the USA. He was also writing for two ethnic Indian-American publications – The Indian Panorama and South Asia Times – and he was New York representative of the UNI. He moved to the USA in 1992.
In a condolence message, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Brahmanandam would be remembered for his fine work. In another message Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu expressed his anguish at the passing away of Brahmanandam. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy also condoled with the death of Brahmanandam. India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said, “Brahmanandam will be deeply missed by his friends and admirers in the US and India.”
Expressing deep sorrow at the demise of Brahmanandam, a Chicago-based senior roving journalist and former editor of India Tribune, J.V. Lakshmana Rao, who is now in India, said, “I knew Brahmanandam for over three decades from my Indian Express days. He was a self-made, sincere and committed journalist. ‘Perfection’ was the professional key word for him. Knowing what it was like in New York, I sent him an e-mail about a fortnight ago, but unfortunately he was no more to reply. I sadly miss him.”
Indrajit S. Saluja, editor of The Indian Panorama, said, “I never ever dreamed of losing my friend and fellow journalist Brahm Kanchibotla the way he has been snatched from us. I have reason to believe that despite my being a bohemian he enjoyed being with me as much as I did.”
Indian-American photojournalist Mohammed Jaffer said Kanchibotla’s death was shocking for him. “I call him Brahm sab as he happens to be from my city, Hyderabad, and we share common things always.”
“We lost a South Asian Times colleague,” said Parveen Chopra of The South Asia Times.
– Contributed by IndianFolk Staff
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