Noted Hindi litterateur Vishnu Prabhakar, 97, died in a city hospital late on Friday night. His family donated his body to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday. This is the sixth such altruistic donation to AIIMS’ organ donation unit, Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation, this year.
Honoured with the Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi awards, Prabhakar worked as a drama director in All India Radio from 1955 to 1957. His famous works include Awara, Masiha, Pankheen, Jane Anjane, Dhalti Raat, Swapnamayi, Nav Prabhat and Doctor, besides Ardhanarishwar for which he was awarded Sahitya Akademi.
Prabhakar, who died at Maharaja Agrasen hospital at Punjabi Bagh, was admitted there on March 23 for acute urine infection and heart problem. He had already decided to donate his body to AIIMS after his death to help medical students in their research work. “My father had committed to donate his body. Being his son it was my responsibility to honour his commitment,” Atul Kumar Prabhakar, his son, said.