Prof Rita Jitendra died on the sets of DD’s Live Good Morning Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Prof Dr. Rita Jitendra who was the main guest at Doordarshan Srinagar’s Good Morning Kashmir died while talking and later was driven to the hospital dead.

She was talking and she suffered a heart attack and started snoring and it was shock for everyone in the studio so they drove her to the hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Zahid Mukhtar, one of the senior writers and artists was hosting the show.“It was a complete shock and initially we had no idea what to do,” Mukhtar said. He had a co-anchor Irfan with him.“

After the DD staff quickly evacuated the indisposed guest to the hospital, we told the audience that she fell ill and the programme being telecast live continued.”

These were her last few sentences during which she collapsed and started snoring and stopped talking.  “I was sitting in a function and behind me was station director, Anwar Alam Sahib. He was with Radio. He patted me on my back and when I asked him what he said, “Why I am having a feeling that you can write.”

I asked him to tell me what I have to write? To this, he said, “Write a dramma……”

With this line she stopped, her head fell towards the back of the chair on which she was sitting and starting deep breathing. The hosts were dumbfounded and were visibly bewildered. They later drove her to the hospital where she was declared brought dead.

Prof Rita Jitendra has been a renowned artist, writer, social activist and former Secretary of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. A resident of Jammu, her husband was a Deputy Secretary in the Academy and had died young.

Her body has been flown to Jammu in the afternoon.

Somebody had posted on her Facebook wall: “Sharing with concern that Prof Rita Jitendra got indisposed in the midst of a live chat on DD Kashmir, a little while ago. She has been taken to the hospital.”

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