The 107-year-old grandmother from Andhra Pradesh, Mastanamma, who known for her cooking videos on YouTube, passed away after a six-month-long illness.
Launched in 2016, her YouTube channel, Country Foods, has around 12 lakh subscribers and was started by her relatives K Laxman and Srinath Reddy. Laxman first uploaded a video of her preparing a brinjal curry which soon garnered over 75,000 views. Encouraged by the response, they started uploading videos regularly on YouTube.
Married at the age of 11, she became a widowed single mother by the time she was 22. After losing four out of five children to cholera, she started working as a day labourer and then later as a chef in a hotel. Seafood was definitely Mastanamma’s specialty. Though her cooking style was simple and basic, she had a unique preparation style.
When around a couple of months back channel stopped posting videos, her fans asked about her till the YouTube channel updated their video library with a tribute to her.