SOM BENEGAL JOURNALIST, AUTHOR n POET , FATHER OF FILM MAKER DEV BENEGAL IS DEAD

Som Benegal, journalist, Author and poet passed away peacefully at the age of 92. He was a well known theater director in the 1950-60’s and News Editor in All India Radio in the 1940’s.

A multi media specialist in the fields of Radio, Television, Exhibitions Design, and journals since 1942 he was passionate about the independence of media and served as the Secretary General of NAMEDIA.

He was known publicly for his witty one line Letters to the Editor published in major Indian newspapers and was known for his writings: “And the Old Lama Said”. He also translated the Upanishads to English. His several written books include Freedom is starting point, A Panarama of Theatre in India, Theatre in India.

Till his recent retirement in 2011 at age 89, he was director at Tej Press and was writing for national newspapers and magazines. He is survived by his wife of 83 years Suman Benegal, two sons Rahul Benegal and the filmmaker Dev Benegal.

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