India: Noted journalist and author Anil Dharker passes away in Mumbai
Over a five-decade-long illustrious career, he had been a columnist, editor and writer.
Noted journalist and author Anil Dharker, founder of Mumbai International Literature Festival and Literature Live! died here on Friday after a brief illness, a former colleague said.
Over a five-decade-long illustrious career, he had been a columnist and writer, an architect, a member of the advisory committee of the film censor board and more.
Dharker, who was in his mid-70s, was the editor of several publications including Mid-Day and The Independent and played a vital role in opening the Akashwani Auditorium in south Mumbai as an art movie theatre.
Devastated to hear about Anil Dharker. He epitomised the caring & socially concerned Mumbai intellectual.He elevated every job he did from promoting art cinema to editing mags to running Lit Live.— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) March 26, 2021
In 1984 he gave me my first column. A great loss to India & to me personally. pic.twitter.com/sC1SaQg2sO
His columns appeared in leading publications both in India and abroad. He was the author of The Romance of Salt.
Very sad news. Anil Dharker, writer, poet, journalist, editor, curator of the wonderful Tata lit fest, cricket fanatic but most importantly, a caring humane citizen of Mumbai and India has passed away. Will be much missed . RIP my friend!— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 26, 2021
#RIP @anildharker .— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) March 26, 2021
Thank you for all the chatter & warm memories that span a lifetime.
Your zest and zeal for the literary world was so admired.
“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
Pic taken on the sets of my talk show.
courtesy @ZoomTV pic.twitter.com/hiTyV3SLvd
Expressing grief over Dharkers demise, columnist Bachi Karkaria tweeted: "Extremely saddened by the passing of the many talented Anil Dharker. I can safely say no other Indian Litfest curator had his deep, emotional commitment or drive. Knew him for well nigh 50 years. Flourish as much up there, dear Anil."