Manohar Shyam Joshi

Writer from India

Manohar Shyam Joshi (1933–2006) (Hindi: मनोहर श्याम जोशी) was a Hindi writer, journalist and scriptwriter, most well known as the writer of Indian television's first soap opera, Hum Log (1982) and its early hits Buniyaad (1987), Kakaji Kahin, a political satire and Kyap, a novel which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award. Manohar Shyam Joshi was born on August 9, 1933 at Ajmer in Rajasthan, the son of a noted educationist and musicologist belonging to a Kumaoni Brahmin family from Almora, now in the state of Uttarakhand. He died on March 30, 2006, at the age of 73, in New Delhi, India. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Bhagwati Joshi, and three sons. Upon his death, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called him, " of the most influential writers and commentators in Hindi in recent times". He is often called "the Father of Indian Soap Operas" being the writer of India's first television soap opera, Hum Log. Made in 1982, when television was still a luxury item for the majority of Indians, the serial dealt with the everyday struggles of the middle-class India, making it an instant hit, especial because every Indian could identify with it. Another popular creation was Buniyaad (1987–1988),  ( Wikipedia article )


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