YouTube’s oldest creator, Mastanamma, has passed away at age 107.
Mastanamma was the headliner of the Country Foods Channel and became a national treasure to her 1.2 million subscribers. Mastanamma brought watermelon chicken, emu meat curry and many other original recipes to the mainstream.
She also had specialized techniques for peeling potatoes, ginger and tomatoes with her fingers, which racked up millions of views. Mastanamma was not just loved for her delicious and original recipes, she was also loved for her life story.
Living on the banks of a river in Guntur all her life, Mastanamma’s specialty was seafood and she figured out all the recipes by herself. Mastanamma was married off at age 11 and had five children, and she had outlived all of her children except one son.
Her grandson, Laxman Karre, started the channel with his media business partner Srinath Reddy in 2016 and after featuring Mastanamma, the channel took off.
The channel was even featured at VidCon in 2017 and officially celebrated Mastanamma as YouTube’s oldest creator. Reddy told Vidcon: “Having a YouTube channel has given [Mastanamma] new experiences that none of us ever thought were possible. She doesn’t completely realize what she has created, but it’s something that is connecting people all around the world. We now visit her once a month and shoot new videos for two or three days of the newest recipes she wants to share on YouTube.”
Yesterday, Country Foods confirmed the sad news the Mastanamma had passed, and live streamed her funeral ceremony and burial, where a collective 125,000 viewers tuned in to pay their respects.
Karr and Reddy have previously begun working on their next venture telling YouTube Spotlight: “We never expected to come this far but we’re delighted that we took a chance and our families are now very happy and supportive of our work. Our income has also gone up tremendously and our viewership comes from all over the world. We want to build on this success and are already working on a new animation channel for kids and families. We’re excited to create something unique in that space as well.”
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