Chief minister Virbhadra Singh has expressed deep grief over the demise of renowned litterateur 86-year-old Satyen Sharma, who died after prolonged illness in Dehradun on Saturday evening.
Satyen Sharma was born on April 4, 1930 at Dehradun and joined HP public relations department in 1957 as sub-editor of Himprastha magazine. He retired as senior editor from the department in 1988.
The chief minister said, “Sharma contributed immensely towards the field of literature and provided a suitable platform to a number of young writers to exhibit their talent. His death was a great loss to the literary world, especially to Himachal Pradesh.”
He expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved family members and prayed for the peace of the departed soul.
In his condolence message, information and public relations minister Mukesh Agnigotri said, “Sharma was a reputed writer and he also contributed enormously to the information and public relations department of the state government.”
Information and public relations director MP Sood, officers and employees of the department, have also mourned the passing away of Satyen Sharma and prayed to the almighty for peace of the departed soul.
Sharma remained associated with many prominent poets and writers of the country like Nirala and was one of the litterateurs, who worked for promoting literary activities in the state. While serving in the publication wing of the public relations department, he contributed greatly in dissemination of policies and programmes of the state government up to grassroots level.
Sharma was also associated with radio rural forum, a radio programme of the public relations department. He gave his invaluable services in preparation of developmental stories while working in film division of the department.