SRINAGAR: Ramesh Mehta, former Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) is no more. He breathed his last at the Naraina Hospital Katra. He was 74.
Family sources said Mehta was suffering from Covid19 infection. He survived by his wife son and daughter.
Born in 1947, Ramesh Mehta was a writer, artist, and critic of national repute. He was a Hindi poet as well. Between 2003 and 2006, Mehta served as Secretary Cultural Academy.
Mehta joined Academy in 1973 as Editor Hindi section. This was the position wherefrom he contributed immensely to the promotion of Hindi and Dogri. In 1984, he was bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Authors Guild of India.
The staff of the Academy condoled the death of their former Secretary and remembered his contributions. In a special condolence meeting, Dr A S Amn, additional secretary, Dr Javaid Rahi, Dr Sudhir Mahajan, Ratan Basotra, PP Singh and Rita Rani spoke about Mehta, a statement issued by the Academy said.