Columnist and Author Anil Dhaker passed away on March 25. Source- The Indian Express
Renowned Journalist and Author, Anil Dharker passed away on Friday. He was the founder of Mumbai International Literature and Literature Live. He passed after suffering from a brief illness.
Dharker worked as the chief editor of many publications. He started with Debonair, the Mid-Day, The Independent, and The Illustrated Weekly. Not only he was famous as an editor, but he was also a brilliant writer, an architect. He was also a member of the advisory committee of the film censor board.
His works were published in several renowned publications in India and abroad. He was also the author of The Romance of Salt.
Pritish Nandy, Media Producer, and former Rajya Sabha member described him as "committed to liberal causes". He also stated that he was "a great man of science and knowledge". Nandy worked closely with Dharker during his journalism years.
Author Kiran Manral said, "He will be missed. He never shied away from voicing his opinion. He was among the last bastion of the best editors".
Dharker first started out as an architect. He got his engineering degree from the University of London. Later, he found interest in art and cinema. This led him to the National Film Development Corporation. In the later years, he headed NDFC. He also played a major role in helping young filmmakers to launch their first film ventures. He also enabled NDFC to co-produce Richard Attenborough's film, Gandhi.
In recent years, Dharker showed interest in India's literary landscape. He encouraged young authors. He was very generous with his time for them.
Dharker was the founder and director of Tata Literature Live. This is annual literature that has run for eleven editions. It has become a marked event in Mumbai's cultural calendar.
Dharker's demise has been very unfortunate. Many renowned personalities took to Twitter and expressed their grief.
Columnist Bachi Karakaria tweeted: "Extremely saddened by the passing of the many talented Anil Dharker. I can safely say no other Indian LitFest curator has his deep, emotional commitment or drive. Knew him for well nigh 50 years. Flourish as much up there, Anil."
Columnist and Novelist Shobhaa De tweeted: "Goodbye dearest Anil. An elegant mind, a stylish writer, and a loyal friend. You will be missed by all those whose lives you touched. RIP".
Poet, Lyricist, and Chairman of CBFC, Prasoon Joshi tweeted: "Saddened to hear about Anil Dharker passing away. I Will miss and cherish the discussions we had about life. A stimulating mind, nurturer of literature and art who thrived on ideas."