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SRINAGAR: It was an interview on her life but the end came suddenly for noted writer Rita Jitendra who collapsed while narrating her journey on a live TV show, leaving her friends and admirers in shock.
This happened on Monday morning when Rita Jitendra, an eminent educationist, was being interviewed on Doordarshan’s ‘Kashir channel’.
A renowned artist, writer and social activist, Rita Jitendra, who resides in Jammu, was a guest on ‘Good Morning Kashmir’ show.
While narrating her journey as a writer, her voice suddenly choked and she collapsed.
The hosts of the show appeared in shock when she fell back on the chair and started breathing heavily.
She was rushed to SMHS Hospital where she was declared brought dead.
Her body was flown to Jammu for last rites.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh twitted, “Had a very close association with Mam Rita Jitendra for 35 years. I began as a radio drama co-actor opposite her when she was already a Star. She recalled this when I met her just 15 days back on 26Aug. Great, she died doing what she loved the most, speaking into a Studio microphone!”
Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the sad demise of Rita Jitendra.
In a condolence message, he prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family.
Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai also expressed grief over the demise of Prof. Jatinder.
In his condolence message, the Advisor conveyed sympathies to the bereaved family members in their hour of grief and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
The entire staff of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages on Monday condoled the demise of former Secretary JKAACL, Prof. Rita Jitendra, with JKAACL Vice President Zafar Iqbal Manhas saying, it was a major loss for the world of literature.
Prof. Jitendra, known for her contribution in the field of academics and literature died during live broadcast of ‘Good Morning J&K’ programme of DD Kashir. She headed JKAACL as Secretary during 1993-1995.
Chairing a condolence meeting at Lal Mandi based Headquarter of JKAACL Manhas said, “Prof. Rita Jitendra will be remembered for her extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from theatre, culture, academics and more.”
Expressing similar views, Secretary JKAACL, Dr. Aziz Hajini said that the passing away of Prof. Jitendra is a major loss to the world of literature.
“Condolences to her family and well wishers in this sad hour,” Hajini said. Academy’s Chief Editor for Pahari language – Dr. Mirza Farooq Anwaar also condoled the demise Prof. Rita Jitendra.
Among others the condolence meeting was attended by Chief Editor Encyclopaedia, Muzaffar Ahmad Tak, Deputy Secretary Kashmir, Syed Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Editor Gojri, Dr. Shahnawaz and Assistant Editors Dr. Syed Iftikhar and Dr Mohammad Rafiq Khan.
Prof. M.K Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu expressed grief over the demise of Prof Rita Jitendra.
In his condolence message, Prof. Dhar on behalf of the University fraternity, recalled her contribution to the University of Jammu in various capacities and said that Prof. Rita Jitendra was a great teacher, a social activist, renowned artist and a prolific writer who would be greatly remembered for her contribution in the field of Art and Culture.
Prof. Dhar prayed for the peace to the departed soul and enough strength and courage to her family to bear this irreparable loss.
The students, staff members of Government College for Women (GCW) Parade, Jammu, condoled the sad demise of Dr Rita Jitendra, former Principal of this institution and Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
“Dr Rita Jitendra remained Principal of Government College for Women Parade from 1989 to 1993. She was known for qualities of head and heart. Her contribution in the field of education, culture, social work and upliftment of destitute women and children will be remembered always. She was a dynamic personality and a teacher par excellence. A wonderful person showered her blessings on teaching fraternity as philosopher, guide and a friend. This seems to be and end of an Era,” the participants said. They prayed to God to grant eternal peace to the departed soul.
Jammu University Officers Welfare Association (JUOWA) has condoled the demise of Prof. Rita Jitendra
In a condolence meeting convened by JUOWA, President at University of Jammu, the office bearers of the Association extended heartfelt condolences to Mahim Jatindra and other members of the bereaved family.
The Association prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the bereaved family at this hour of grief.
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