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Syed Murtaza Shah Dadahi, a poet of people

By: Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti

The famous poets of Sindh have performed memorable and exemplary services in spreading love, loyalty, peace, brotherhood through their poetry. Among such patriot poets Syed Murtaza Dahahi, due to his sweet and pleasant poetry, is seen standing shoulder to shoulder with famous poets, who have revived the Sindhi language by fulfilling their responsibilities with great decorum, responsibility and duty. His poetry has been sung by many folk singers of Sindh. He penned down eight books comprising different genres of his poetry. He was recipient of Pride of Performance award from Government of Pakistan in 2017.

Syed Murtaza Dadahi was born on 26 November 1939 in Village Dadah of Taluka Tando Bago, District Badin,  He was the only son of his father Syed Imamullah Shah. He started composing poetry at the age of 14 years under the guidance of senior poet Muhammad Khan Ghani. His poetry was first published in various newspapers and literary magazines of Sindhi language in the 1960s and 1970s. He earned fame owing to his unique way of poetry that was a source of encouragement and solace for the downhearted souls of the society.

His poetry has been sung by many famous singers including Abida Parveen, Master Muhammad Ibrahim, Dhol Faqir, Rubina Qureshi, Photo Zardari, Fozia Soomro and Sarmad Sindhi etc. He founded Bazem- e – Murtaza, Watayo Faqir Yadgar Committee, Dadahi Adabi Tanzeem and press Club Tando Allahyar. He penned down eight books comprising different genres of his poetry. This grat poet of Sindh  died on 15 February 2021. He was laid to rest in Tando Allahyar graveyard.

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