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Noted Hindi writer Kamleshwar dead

india Updated: Jan 28, 2007 02:27 IST

Renowned Hindi writer and Padmabushan awardee Kamleshwar died in the Capital on Saturday night of a massive heart attack.

He was 75 and is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Kamleshwar, who was ailing for sometime, died around 8:30 pm following a heart attack, his family sources said.

He had suffered a heart attack earlier and had undergone a bypass surgery, the sources said.

The 20th century writer, who won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2003 for his book Kitney Pakistani, had penned 30 books and several short-story collections.

Born in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, in 1932, he did Masters in Hindi from Allahabad University in 1954.

The noted writer, who started his career as a scriptwriter for Doordarshan, had a meteoric rise that saw him become its Additional Director General.

The Padmabushan in 2005 for Hindi literature was his crowning glory.

He was also Editor of Dainik Jagaran  (1990-92), Dainik Bhaskar  (1996-2002) and once popular but now defunct Hindi magazine Sarika.

The writer-par-excellence had penned ten TV serials like Darpan, Ek Kahani, Chandrakanta  and Yug, apart from producing and directing various TV programmes and documentaries.

Kamleshwar, who also into writing filmscripts, had popular films such as Sara Aakash, Aandhi, Mausam, Rajnigandha, Choti Si Baat and Mr Natwarlal to his credit.