Profile of Yogeshwar Dayal, an Interfaith Pioneer

September 18, 2006


On September 18, 2006 ran a feature article on Yogeshwar Dayal. "The capital has lost a worthy son in Padma Shri Yogeshwar Dayal, not only the lifeline of Delhi's cultural and literary fabric but also a leading votary of inter-faith concord. He died Sep 7 at age 93. He had been ill since the death of his wife last year. In 1961, Dayal revived 'Phool Walon ki Sair,'... an interfaith cultural festival drawing people from all sections and faiths... In 1956, the Indian government requested Dayal to organise the 2,500th Buddha anniversary festival. After this he put together the Tagore Centenary Exhibition. It was he who literally introduced the kathak dance to Delhiites in the late 1930s. To hold Holi-Eid Milans (a combination of Hindu and Muslim holidays) was his religion that continued till his death."