Posted Date: 2nd March, 2013 Last updated at 21:30 PST
Birth anniversary of Shaikh Ayaz
The 91st birth anniversary of great Sindhi poet Shaikh Ayaz was celebrated on Saturday
Ayaz was born in Shikarpur on March 2‚ 1923. His original name was Mubark Ali Shaikh. By profession he was a lawyer but he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Sindh University by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
He introduced modern trends into Sindhi poetry and literature. Ayaz wrote many poetry books‚ plays and short stories in Sindhi and wrote articles and poetry in Urdu as well. He also has the translation of Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai's volume of poetry into Urdu‚ popularly known as Shah Jo Risalo.
Revolutionary poet Shaikh Ayaz first earned recognition for his poem‚ "Gaey Iqilab Gae"‚ written before the independence of Pakistan.
Ayaz's biggest claim to fame was his first poetry compilation "Bhanwar bharee aakash" (Sky full of swirls).
Ayaz began to write poetry under the influence of Kaildas Fani‚ his mentor. Ayaz wrote around 50 books in addition to his works of prose‚ one of them was‚ "Kithe Ta Bhanjbo Thaku Musafir".
His literary career spanned almost six decades and covered a wide range of poetry and prose.
Culture Department has published 20 volumes of Ayaz's works and also introduced an award for writers in Urdu language.
Shaikh Ayaz stayed behind bars for opposing the Ayub and Yahya's regimes. He was also put in jail in 1971 for opposing the military operation in East Pakistan. He also wrote his Jail memories titled "Sahiwal Jail Gee Diary".
He died on December 28‚ 1997 and was buried at Bhit Shah near the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai.
Radio Pakistan's correspondent Mushtaq Hussain gives more details in his voice report from Larkana