Padma Shree winning TN Ayurveda expert dies of Covid-19

P R Krishnakumar

Coimbatore: Arya Vaidya Pharmacy chief and chancellor of Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, P R Krishnakumar passed away last night. He was 69.

The Padma Shree recipient was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection in a private hospital here and he breathed his last on Wednesday night.

Condoling Krishnakumar’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as an “extremely humble and knowledgeable person” and expressed grief over his demise.

“Shri P R KrishnaKumar’s persistent, enterprising and mission-mode efforts contributed to Ayurveda’s global popularity. He was an extremely humble and knowledgeable person. Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Krishnakumar established an institute by the name AVP Research Foundation (AVPRF) to conduct clinical, literary, field and drug researches and to train aspiring ayurvedic scholars.