Shamsher-ul-Hyderi, an iconic figure in Sindhi Literature

By: Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti

Shamsher-ul-Hyderi was born on 15 September 1931 in Kandhan Town of Badin District. He was a poet anchor, journalist, columnist and script and drama writer. He authored over a dozen books ranging from poetry, travelogues to fiction novels. He also wrote several Sindhi-language drama serials for PTV.

He was one of the founding fathers of Sindh Graduate Association and remained at the forefront of struggle against military dictatorship from the era of General Ayub Khan to General Pervez Musharaf through his literary work.He was also jailed for issuing a pamphlet against former military dictator Ayub Khan, during his one-unit scheme period. His novel Kaak Mahal earned great popularity in Sindhi literature and his poetry was sung by the likes of Abida Parveen, Ustad Mohammad Yousaf and Sarmad Sindhi. He also served as secretary general of Sindhi Adbi Sangat for seven years. As a journalist,he served as editor of several Sindhi dailies and magazines, including Mehran, Hilal-i-Pakistan and Naeen Zindagi.

He died on Friday 30 August 2013 after serious illness cause of Cancer at the age of 79 in Karachi.[1]


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