Veteran journalist K P K Kutty, former Chief Editor of UNI, passes away
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Veteran journalist K P K Kutty, former Chief Editor of UNI, passes away

New Delhi, December 8, 2021

Well-known journalist K P K Kutty, former Chief Editor of United News of India (UNI), one of India's principal news agencies, passed away here today.

He was 89. He is survived by his sons Vijay and Ajay, daughters-in-law Chitra and Anita, and grand-daughters Eshna and Ameya. His wife had predeceased him in the early 1990s.

He was ailing for some time now and battling several age-related issues, his family said.

The cremation of his body will take place at 11 am on Thursday at the Lodhi Crematorium here.

Kutty began his working life with a stint in the Indian Air Force in June, 1950. He then opted for a career in journalist and joined the Indian Express in Delhi as a trainee in January 1960 before joining the then fledgling UNI in 1961 as a sub-editor.

He went on to become the Chief Editor and General Manager of the news agency before retiring in 1993.

In 1994, he joined the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) as a founding Director and later went on to assume the rule of Chief Mentor.

More than journalism, however, Kutty's first love was music, which was natural because he was born into a family of musicians and Vedic scholars. He used to sing and play the veena.

For decades, until some years ago, Kutty used to devote several hours a day to teaching Carnatic music to scores of children from five villages in Palakkad district of Kerala, at Kavasseri, his native place. He also regularly performed as a vocalist at concerts in Delhi and other places.

His love of music was such that he would break into singing at all kinds of places, in the office, in parks, at parties with friends or at home with his family.

Kutty also made an appearance in the popular 1987 Malayalam movie New Delhi, in which he played the role of the chief editor of a newspaper with megastar Mammootty acting as a reporter. The film was a major hit and was remade in Hindi, Kannada and Telugu, with Kutty reprising his role in all three versions.

Apart from his professional skills, Kutty is remembered by those who worked with him as a very friendly and caring colleague, forever with a smile on his face and a song on his lips.


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