Noted journalist and writer Anil Dharker, founder of International Literary Festival, died on Friday. He was reportedly suffering from a cardiac illness.
In his career spanning over five decades, Mr Dharker had been a columnist and writer, an architect, a member of the advisory committee of the film censor board and more.
Following the news of his death, heartfelt messages and condolences poured in on Twitter paying respects to the late writer.
Saddened to hear about @anildharker passing away. Will miss and cherish the discussions we had about life . A stimulating mind, nurturer of literature and art who thrived on ideas.
– Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) March 26, 2021
– Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) March 26, 2021
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.
– bachi karkaria (@bachikarkaria) March 26, 2021
Mr Dharker, who was in his mid-70s, was the editor of several publications including Mid-Day and The Independent . He also played an important role in opening the Akashwani Auditorium in south Mumbai as an art movie theatre.
His columns appeared in leading publications both in India and abroad. He was the author of The Romance of Salt.