Veteran cine photographer Chitra Swaminathan no more

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Thursday, Jun 21, 2012

Veteran cine photographer Chitra Swaminathan no more

Chitra Swaminathan, who was photographer in the field of cinema for several years, passed away today.  He was aged 72.

Swaminathan is known by name ‘Thoppi Chitra’ among cine people and journalists.

He was close to all artistes.  He had in possession many rare photographs related to cinema profession.

Even after undergoing heart surgery, Chitra Swaminathan moved about briskly.

He has the honour of being one among Rajini’s close people.  Rajini had given full liberty to Chitra Swaminathan to turn up at residence as he desired.

Rajini, who on observing Chitra Swaminathan possessing an obsolete camera as modern techniques are aplenty, presented him a modern camera bought from abroad.  Rajini used to help Chitra silently.

Chitra was close to Kamal Haasan and Ajit Kumar also.  For the last few days he was receiving treatment at hospital due to health setback.  Today, Chitra Swaminathan passed away.

Chitra Swaminathan was favourite photographer for Tamil producer council.  He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

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