SLPI hails Gnanam as doyen of Tamil press
Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) said the passing away of A.Y.S.
Gnanam, the doyen of the Tamil press in Sri Lanka created an irreparable
loss to the newspaper industry as a whole and the Tamil language
media in particular.
“As Chairman of Express Newspapers Ltd.,
publishers of the Veerakesari newspaper, Mr.Gnanam has had a long
involvement with the media industry, providing a much needed voice
for the Tamil language readers,” the SLPI said in a statement.
Mr.Gnanam passed away on Wednesday at the age
of 84 and his funeral was held last morning at the Kanatte Cemetery
in Borella. Though short lived it was under his leadership that
the Group also launched an English language and a Sinhala language
“His contribution to the business field
needs no special mention as also his philanthropy and commitment
to work towards a united Sri Lanka”, the SLPI said. In recognition
of his untiring efforts, he was conferred the titles of Deshabandu
in 1986, Deshamanya in 1994 and Vishwaprasadini in 1996.