Radio producer Rita Mukherjee dead: ex-CEO of AIR
Radio producer Rita Mukherjee, who produced a number of wonderful shows and excelled in the medium, has died, a former managing director of All India Radio (AIR) said on Thursday. Tributes poured in from various walks of life as news of his disappearance circulated on social media.
Fayyaz Shehryar, former CEO of AIR, said: “The news is distressing.
”She lived alone in South Delhi. Rita Mukherjee was the head producer of the national feature film program at AIR when she reached retirement age some 20 years ago. She produced a number of wonderful shows and excelled in the medium. She held the highest standards of broadcast without compromise,” he said.
The former senior AIR official said a maid alerted local police who then broke down the door to enter her home recently. Her body was then sent for an autopsy, meaning she died at home, alone and that is terrible, he said.
Shehryar also posted a photo of herself on her Twitter handle and Facebook account, and paid tribute to the former colleague. ”She was awarded the Creative Spread Baton of #MelvilledeMellow and upheld ethics and served the public as per mandate, spared no one who attempted to smear or disparage @AkashvaniAIR’s hard-earned reputation. And now, at 81, she’s off to the next destination,’ he tweeted.
In his Facebook post, he wrote: ‘Today as I learn of the passing of Madame Rita Mukherjee, I look to the non-existent tree she watered, nurtured as Chief Producer of the National Program of features. She has produced broadcast wonders on sensitive topics and has also garnered international attention. She chose to marry radio and embrace creative broadcasting and live a life as a communicator seer who in the early 90s confidently declared that ‘things in broadcasting will see professionals wearing begging bowls asking for mercy”. Rita Ji was confident, fearless, principled and taught us to follow conscience and do without worrying about consequences.
Its broadcasts have been preserved in the libraries of various institutions, including the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Shehryar said.
The ABU serves more than half of the world’s population as the world’s largest broadcasting union.
Broadcaster Rajiv Mehrotra also paid tribute to him in a Facebook post.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rita JI (Mukherjee). An icon of public broadcasting, she nurtured and enabled generations of young Delhi students to find their voices and express their passions in the 1970s while experimenting with radio. Many have climbed the ladder of professional success in broadcasting and media but also in various fields – Yuva Vani has been one of the finest examples of independent public broadcasting democratized for & by young people (sic)” .
”She has been a mentor, inspiration and guide in my own modest work as a broadcaster. It was ‘Didi’, an older sister who helped me navigate many dark nights of my teenage world with a deep sense of empathy, affection and faith in my future. I owe him so much. May she remain blessed forever!!!! ”, he wrote.
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