Famous journalist and writer Anil Dharker passed away in Mumbai on Friday. He was 74. A former colleague of Dharkar gave this information. He was the founder and director of the Mumbai International Literature Festival to be held in November every year. He was also the founder and director of Literature Live, which organizes literary events throughout the year in the city.
Dharkar’s former colleague told that he underwent bypass surgery at a hospital in Mumbai on Thursday and died there on Friday morning. He has been active as a columnist and writer for a career spanning more than five decades and has held several other positions, including a member of the advisory committee of the Film Censor Board. Dharkar has also been the editor of several publications including Debonair, Mid-Day and Sunday Mid-Day, The Independent and The Illustrated Weekly of India.
He was a columnist in The Indian Express newspaper and wrote the book The Romance of Salt on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March. Dharkar also served as the producer and anchor of the TV serial and led a news television channel. Condoling the demise of Dharkar, the columnist Bachhi Karkaria tweeted, sad to hear about the demise of Anil Dharkar, a rich man of versatility. Known him for 50 years. Dear Anil, flourish wherever you are.
At the same time, paying tribute to Dharkar, writer and columnist Shobhaa Dey tweeted, Goodbye Dear Anil. A modern writer with a sharp acumen and a true friend. All those people will miss you, whose life has affected you. May your soul rest in peace. Also lyricist and Central Board of Film Certification Board (CBFC) chairman Prasoon Joshi tweeted, Sad to hear about the demise of Anil Dharkar. I will miss the discussion between us about life. He was an inspirational thinker, a man of literature and art.
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