Known for his vibrant and diverse five-decade-long career, Dharker, apart from his contribution to the world of media and literature, was also the Founder and Director of the Mumbai International Literary Festival and Tata Literature Live!. From being the Editor of several publications including Mid-day and The Independent, he has also authored books and various columns both in India and abroad.
The 74-year old noted journalist was also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Doordarshan, the Children’s Film Society of India and a member of the advisory committee of the film censor board.
While being a columnist for The Indian Express newspaper, he authored the book “The Romance Of Salt”, a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March.
Following the news of his passing, many renowned figures have taken to social media platforms to send their heartfelt messages and condolences and to lament the works of the late writer.
Expressing grief over his sudden demise, politician, writer and former international diplomat, Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “Shocked &saddened by the news of @anilDharker’s passing. The literary world will not be the same without him. His flair, wit &intelligence, his wide-ranging &eclectic tastes (always married to a respect for good writing)& his talent&energy for organisation make him irreplaceable.”
Lyricist and Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi tweeted,” Saddened to hear about Anil Dharker passing away. Will miss and cherish the discussions we had about life. A stimulating mind, nurturer of literature and art who thrived on ideas.”
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.
In 1984 he gave me my first column. A great loss to India & to me personally. pic.twitter.com/sC1SaQg2sO
— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) March 26, 2021
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 .
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.”
— Pooja Bedi (@poojabeditweets) March 26, 2021