The prominent Hindi writer and journalist, Manohar Shyam Joshi, has died in the Indian capital, Delhi, after a brief illness.
Joshi wrote a number of popular television dramas
The 73-year-old writer also wrote Indian television's first soap opera Hum Log (We The People) in 1982.
He went on to become an extremely successful writer for television, scripting a number of popular Hindi soap operas.
Mr Joshi is survived by his wife and three sons.
Mr Joshi's prominent literary work include Kasap and Netaki Kahin Kuru Kuru Swaahaa.
He wrote some of India's most popular Hindi television dramas like Buniyad (Foundation) and Mungeri Lal Ke Haseen Sapne (Mungeri Lal's Beautiful Dreams).
Mr Joshi also wrote some prominent Bollywood films like Appu Raja and Hey Ram.